DFID has not had a bilateral aid programme in the Pacific since 2001. The UK provides assistance to the region through the European Commission's European Development Fund (EDF). €5 million has been earmarked for Tuvalu under the 10(th) EDF, which is due to begin this year and end in 2013. The UK's share of the 10th EDF is 14.82 per cent. The European Commission recognises climate change is an important cross-cutting issue for the small islands of the Pacific region, and major regional initiatives to address it are being considered in the context of the 10(th) EDF.