16 Oct 2013

EU to provide help for Fiji election process

11:36 am on 16 October 2013

The European Union will provide 2.4 million US dollars worth of help to Fiji for elections.

The EU says the funds will be channelled through the United Nations Development Programme and the EU-linked development organisation, the International Management Group.

The European Commission's deputy director general for development co-operation, Marcus Cornaro, says EU assistance includes technical help and training.

"Starting with two international experts, two European experts arriving in the country here next week and then working with the various bodies preparing for that, and then secondly working very closely with other international observers, notably New Zealand, Australia and those countries very clearly monitoring the process, and thirdly also, remaining prepared when other needs come up in the run-up to support that process."

The European Commission's Marcus Cornaro.