Abujaâ€”The European Union (EU)Â has spent N6.3 billion on projects in Nigeria in the last 10 years.
Mr Pierre Philippe, the Charge dâ€™Affaires in the European Commission, said this yesterday in Abuja.
He spoke atÂ the signing of contracts for new grants to some non-state actors and civil societies under the Thematic Programmes of the EU.
Philippe listed the projects areas to include education, reproductive health, water and sanitation, human rights education and public finance analysis.
Others are budget transparency, conflict resolution, elections, environment, migration and trafficking.
Philippe said projects carried out under the thematic programmes could be implemented without government consent.
â€œThis is based on the assumption that civil societies groups and non state actors play essential role in fostering social capital and democratic development ofÂ their societies either as watch dogs of or in synergy with public institutions,â€ he said.
He, however, said the projects were designed to complement those implemented with governments under the European Development Fund (EDF) .
The projects, he said, had the objective ofÂ strengtheningÂ the partnership between local authorities, civil society groups and non_state actors.
11 new grant contracts were signed under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights Country_Based Support Scheme Programme.