Euromed: Eu and Council of Europe join forces for South Med

Aim is to support democratic reforms in the region

25 January, 11:57

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JANUARY 25 - The European Union and the Council of Europe joined the efforts to strengthen democratic reform in the Southern Mediterranean countries, with a 4.8 million euros joint programme. This programme will support democratic reforms and the independence and efficiency of the judiciary, whilst promoting good governance. According to the enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), it will also target corruption and human trafficking and aim to promote human rights and democratic values, working through government officials, future leaders, youth and civil society.

It will be rolled out initially in Morocco and Tunisia, and some initiatives will be implemented over three years throughout the region. ''With this programme - EU Commissioner for the Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule, said - the EU complements its global response to the Arab Spring in supporting the countries willing to transform and to reform in order to answer their citizens' call for democratic rights, dignity and prosperity. We want to build on long-standing expertise of the Council of Europe in providing guidance on sensitive political and governance issues to the fragile new democracies''.(ANSAmed).

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