14 Oct 2013

EU to start high-level dialogue with Fiji this week

10:45 am on 14 October 2013

The European Union and Fiji will for the first time in several years hold high-level talks this week.

The EU delegation will be led by the Director of the European Union's External Action Service Gerhard Sabathil.

The Deputy Director General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Development Co-operation, Marcus Cornaro, arrived in Fiji over the weekend, and says he is pleased to visit Fiji to witness the momentum driving it towards a return to democracy.

He says a constitution has been adopted, and the European Union looks forward to genuine and democratic elections.

He added once these have taken place the EU hopes to be able to resume full development co-operation with Fiji.

The representatives will discuss with the Fijian authorities and civil society representatives how EU support can help to foster Fiji's socio-economic development, to reduce poverty and to improve governance.