Phnom Penh (FN), Nov. 8 - George Edgar, Ambassador of the European Union to Cambodia, said that "Everything But Arms” scheme (EBAs) and aids are two different things. EU could not find any reasons to stop aids for Cambodia’s development.

Speaking to reporters during several projects funded by the European Union to Prey Veng and Svay Rieng provinces on 6-7 November 2018, the Ambassador said that EU has two types of funding; one is provided to government through bilateral agreement to fund huge projects, including agriculture, fisheries, and education in Cambodia, and the budget will sustain until 2020. Another type is provided to civil society organizations (CSOs). EU will select any CSO’s proposals whose projects correspond to priority areas and budget cycle.

Funding is a part of Cambodia-EU cooperation; through these programs, EU believes that she will support Cambodia long-term and that’s what everyone wants to see, Ambassador Edgar said.

Last year, the European Union and Cambodia mark 20 years of partnership. This partnership is based on cooperation, development and mutual understanding; being all the EU-funding initiatives firmly based on Cambodian government priorities and strategies, according to EU in Cambodia’s statement dated on Wednesday.