Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia

Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia At A Glance

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The Assistance for Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia (AEECA) account was created to assist former the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union and Central Europe build democratic systems and free market economies. 

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The Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia (AEECA) account was “designed to help Central Europe and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union achieve democratic systems and free market economies.” It was the combination of two formerly separate accounts: the SEED Act account (Support for East European Democracy), which provided assistance for Eastern Europe and the Baltic States; and the FREEDOM Support Act account (Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act), which provided assistance for the Independent States of the former Soviet Union. Due to many of the target countries joining the European Union and achieving greater economic stability thus graduating from U.S. assistance, funding for this account decreased rapidly in subsequent decades. President George W. Bush originally proposed eliminating the account, but it was not officially eliminated until FY 2013 at the Obama administration’s request. Citing a “normalization" and "the achievement of a number of assistance goals" in the region, the AEECA account was eliminated, though much of the assistance was rerouted to the Economic Support Fund (ESF), International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE) and Global Health Program (GHP) accounts.

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P.L. 87–195, Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; P.L. 102-511, FREEDOM Support Act of 1992; P.L. 101-179, SEED Act of 1981

June 17, 2003 (FAA - amended dozens of times); October 6, 2000 (AECA - amended dozens of times)

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