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VPA annex on accompanying measures

Many Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) include an annex on accompanying measures that describes the supporting measures that stakeholders have identified as necessary for full implementation of the VPA.

Annexes on accompanying measures can include measures that require additional resources, regardless of whether funding is secure. Annexes on accompanying measures, therefore, help VPA partner country governments frame their needs and help donors target support.

However, although VPAs acknowledge the needs of partner countries for financial assistance to enhance systems and capacity, VPAs do not commit the EU to provide finance. Assistance to enhance systems and capacity may come instead through normal development channels. The EU and EU member states have existing legal instruments that guide the use and allocation of development assistance. VPAs instruct the parties to work with these existing instruments.

Accompanying measures may include:

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