Tunisia, 200 mn euros for reforms from EU

Memorandum of understanding, Brussels confirms its support

22 October, 12:16

    Prime Minister of Tunisia Mehdi Jomaa at the EU commission headquarters in Brussels (archive photo) Prime Minister of Tunisia Mehdi Jomaa at the EU commission headquarters in Brussels (archive photo)

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS - The European Union has confirmed its support to Tunisia signing a memorandum of understanding which will provide Tunisia with 200 million in aid in 2014. "The European Union is backing Tunisia in three ways: support for economic reforms and the fight against unemployment, support for the democratic transition, an aid towards regional development" said EU Ambassador to Tunisia Laura Baeza, while signing the agreement Tuesday in Tunis.

    The ambassador stressed the importance of EU-Tunisia partnership, a relation that for the EU remains of great significance since the beginning of the Arab Spring. The 2014 EU aid programmes will target first of all the relaunch of the economy and then the reform of the justice system, media-modernisation, gender-equality, an integrated control of borders as well as renovation of working-class areas.

    Tunisia will also benefit from a specific aid-programme promoting investment in EU neighbouring countries.

    Laura Baeza underscored the importance of next Sunday's elections: the EU is following the vote very closely and has sent electoral observers to Tunisia soon to be joined by a delegation of EU members of parliament (among which the Italians Pier Antonio Panzeri of the Democratic Party, Pd and Fabio Massimo Castaldo of the Five Star Movement, M5S).(ANSAmed).

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