European Development Fund (EDF)

Fonds européen de développement (FED)
Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo (FED)
Europäische Entwicklungsfond (EEF)
Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento (FED)
Fondo Europeo de Sviluppo (FES)
Europees Ontwikkelingsfonds (EOF)
Europaeiske Udviklingsfonds (EUF)

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1957 Brussels Belgium


Established under provisions of the T-XT5765 - Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) within the framework of associations with its F-XF3413 - Association of Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA) for a period of 5 years, and within the framework of F-XF2147 - European Union (EU); these provisions were renewed under the Yaoundé Conventions, the first signed 20 Jul 1963 and entered into force 1 Jul 1964, the second signed 29 Jul 1969 and expired 31 Jan 1975.

The Yaoundé Convention set up 'Associated States of Africa and Madagascar (ASAM) -- Etats africains et malgache associés au Marché Commun', subsequently H-XH0060 - Association of the European Economic Community and the African and Malagasy States. Provisions of the Yaoundé Conventions were extended to all member countries of F-XF0671 - Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) by the signing of T-XT7543 - ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé convention), 28 Feb 1975. T-XT7979 - Second ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé II), signed 31 Oct 1979. T-XT8412 - Third ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé III), signed 8 Dec 1984 and entered into force in Mar 1985.

The T-XT8967 - Fourth ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé IV), was signed 15 Dec 1989 and came into force 1 Mar 1990, for 10 years, but the related (7th) EDF remained funded for only 5 years. The convention was amended on 4 Nov 1995, Mauritius, and adjusted to the new treaty establishing the European Community and the European Union. The Lomé Convention was replaced by the T-XT0080 - ACP-EU Partnership Agreement (Cotonou agreement), signed 23 Jun 2000 for a period of 20 years, and revised, 25 Jun 2005 and 4 Nov 2010. The association agreement with the remaining OCTs was renewed on 27 Nov 2001 for a period until 2011, with agreement amended on 19 Mar 2007.

Previous: 9th EDF, supplemented by the transferred balances from the previous EDFs, covered the period 2000-2007. 10th EDF covered 2008-2013.

The EDF is set up as an intergovernmental fund, replaced every 5 years, and administered by the E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC) or, for the investment facility which includes interest subsidies and a revolving fund for risk capital and loans. The E-XE7976 - European Council of 15-16 Dec 2005 decided on a 10th EDF, which will be aligned on the financial perspectives of H-XF0662 - European Communities (EC) and will cover the 6-year period 2008-2013. As of Jan 2011, EDF serves as one of 3 "geographical" instruments for the DG Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid.

11th EDF (2014-2020) created by intergovernmental agreement, signed Jun 2013 and entered into force 1 Mar 2015.


Provide aid for 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) partner countries of the Union and for the Overseas Countries and Territories of Member States; stimulate economic development, social and human development, regional cooperation and integration.


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EDF Committee, comprising representatives of member states, is chaired by a representative of the European Commission.


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