EU and UNDP to support Parliamentary strengthening

21 Jul 2011

Dili – The European Union (EU) will contribute US$5.7 million (€4 million) to further strengthen the oversight and legislative mandates of the National Parliament.

The contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s EU-funded project entitled, Strengthening Institutional Capacity of the National Parliament in Timor-Leste.

A signing ceremony hosted by the National Parliament was held today to formalise the agreement between Parliament, EU and UNDP.

President of the National Parliament, Fernando La Sama de Araújo and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in Timor-Leste, Finn Reske-Nielsen signed the UNDP-Parliament agreement; while Mr  Reske-Nielsen and Ambassador of the European Union, Juan Carlos Rey signed the EU-UNDP agreement.

The event was attended by SRSG Ameerah Haq, Parliamentarians, Parliamentary officials, representatives of international partners and UN Agencies.

EU Ambassador, Mr Rey said: “This contribution is part of the commitment of the European Union to support and promote the democratization as an essential pillar of the European Union's external action around the world.”

Mr Finn Reske-Nielsen welcomed the EU-UNDP cooperation to strengthen the national parliament and hoped that this would contribute to achieving the strategic goals of the National Parliament.

The main goal of the project is to strengthen democratic foundation of oversight, accountability and transparency through effective, self-reliant, standardized and sustainable institutional capacity development in the National Parliament.

The programme will run from August 2011 until February 2015.