The European Union’s external action service issued a statement on 31 October 2014 explaining that the measures that have been imposed on Zimbabwe since 2002 under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement which suspend EU aid to the government, have expired on 1 November 2014. The Government of Zimbabwe and the EU are preparing a €234 million aid programme covering the period 2014-2020, aimed at “helping Zimbabwe become a more democratic and prosperous country”.
The expiry of the Cotonou measures was foreshadowed in a statement in February (reported on this blog here) saying that they would expire on 1 November provided that there had been no serious deterioration in the “governance and human rights situation”.
The statement confirms that the European Union still maintains its targeted sanctions relating to Zimbabwe – an arms embargo, EU travel ban and asset freeze – on a number of people and entities in Zimbabwe (see previous blog). The next regular review of these restrictive measures will take place in February 2015. Those measures are on the ‘sanctions in force’ section of this blog.