EU can invest up to 50 bn in Africa, Tajani

'Closing ports useless, Salvini should revise Visegrad alliance'

23 July, 17:41

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 23 - European Parliament president Antonio Tajani has spoken again about a "Marshall Plan for Africa" through investing in the economy of the continent and fighting against a migrant exodus in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro. "We need a global strategy" for Africa, he said. "Europe has the means to help" and should invest "40 billion euros in the 2021-2027 budget", though this number could potentially rise to "50 billion euros". "It is illusory to believe that we can slow the movement of the population by blocking some ports," Tajani stressed, reiterating that there is the need for "true team work involving all European countries" to help Africa.

    Alone, aid from individual nations cannot "solve the problem", he said. Tajani added that deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini "must change his alliance" on the issue of migrants, since "the countries of the Visegrad Pact refuse any type of European solidarity". He stressed that the direction to take was what had been used in Niger, where the EU invested "a billion euros between 2014 and 2020, and in collaboration with the UN" and "reduced the number of transits from 300,000 in 2016 to less than 10,000".


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