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VPA between Liberia and EU comes into force

The VPA between Liberia and the EU came into force on 1 December, following its ratification by the two countries. The EU Delegation marked this achievement with an event in Monrovia on 2 December, attended by Pierre Amilhat, EuropeAid's Director for Western and Central Africa. 

During the event, EU officials formally signed off on EU-funded projects awarded to civil society organisations for environmental protection in Liberia. In addition, Liberia and the EU announced the release of a progress report on VPA implementation during 2011 and 2012. 

The event followed a meeting between representatives from Liberia and the EU, held in Monrovia on 12–14 November, to review progress in 2013 and to agree on objectives for 2014. The aides-memoires from this meeting are available here and here