EU closes facility opened to support Nepal on post-2015 earthquake recovery

EU Ambassador to Nepal, Nona Deprez, is flanked by the CEOs of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority and the National Reconstruction Authority, Anil Pokhrel (l) and Sushil Gyewali respectively, in Kathmandu, on Friday, April 9, 2021. Photo: EU Delegation to Nepal

Kathmandu, April 11

The European Union Delegation to Nepal says it has closed a facility opened to support Nepal on its reconstruction and recovery efforts following the 2015 earthquake.

The Nepal EU Action for Recovery and Reconstruction (NEARR) Facility held its official closing ceremony on Friday, reflecting on the ‘overall recovery and reconstruction context’, as well as ‘aspects of governance behind the reconstruction scenes’, says the delegation in a statement. 

“The NEARR Facility has provided a wide range of advisory services and products over these past four years, including through its core team, through several international and national experts, and with the use of a flexible incidental budget,” the statement reads.

Speaking at the function, EU Ambassador  Nona Deprez said, “It is important that the current momentum be maintained and indeed increased in the time ahead so as to “build back  greener and better” for the benefit of the Nepali people including the most vulnerable communities.”

Since 2015, the EU provided Nepal with a budget support of 90 million euros, and the contracting of the German Consulting Group GFA to establish the facility that provided demand-driven, flexible technical assistance, advisory services and products, and capacity development for the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), responsible for the oversight and coordination of the earthquake recovery and reconstruction process, the delegation says.

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