THE European Union hopes to resume full development co-operation with Fiji once genuine and democratic elections are held.
Marcus Cornaro, deputy director general of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Development Co-operation — EuropeAid — said he was encouraged by Fiji's enthusiastic march towards the 2014 poll.
"I'm very pleased to visit Fiji at this time of optimism, and to witness the momentum that is driving Fiji towards a return to democracy," he said after arriving to discuss priority areas for future EU-Fiji development co-operation under the 11th European Development Fund for 2014-2020.
"A Constitution has been adopted, and the European Union is looking forward to genuine and democratic elections."
Mr Cornaro and the EU's director of External Action Service are scheduled to hold high level political dialogue with government next week.
Apart from development talks, Mr Cornaro will participate in the African Caribbean Pacific ministerial conference on sugar at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa in Sigatoka.