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Parliamentary questions
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30 July 2015
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-006918/2015

Responding to the Global Political Agreement and the Government of National Unity, the EU took steps, since 2009, towards gradually normalising relations with Zimbabwe.

On 1 November 2014, the Council decided to let the appropriate measures taken under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement expire, enabling the resumption of multi-year cooperation with Zimbabwe under the 11th European Development Fund. The EU’s objective is to support the Zimbabwean people and enable the reforms that will make Zimbabwe more democratic and prosperous. The signing of a EUR 234 million National Indicative Programme for the period 2014-2020 helps achieve this.

The use of these funds is closely monitored. The EUR 234 million foreseen in the National Indicative Program follow standard EU procurement procedures, and are subject to audits. Budget support is not being envisaged at this point, and implementation is entrusted mostly to international organisations or NGOs.

On 20 February 2015, the Council decided to roll-over, rather than lift, the remaining restrictive measures against Zimbabwe under the Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, emphasising the need for continued political reform, while it continues monitoring closely the situation of human rights, including press freedom. It will review these measures in February 2016 in view of the last political developments.

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