European Commission - Press release
Fresh European aid for Algeria’s cultural heritage and transport sector
Brussels, 17 August 2011 – A €34.5 million Annual Action Programme for Algeria has been adopted by the European Commission today. The two projects making up this programme will strengthen partnership between the European Union and Algeria. The first project will enhance the protection and development of Algeria’s cultural heritage through support for priority actions to identify and record this heritage, and tools to protect and exploit it (management tools and pilot projects) by providing methodological tools, equipment and training. With this approach the project will also develop job opportunities for unskilled young people, especially through apprenticeships and training on site.
The second project will support the implementation of Algeria’s new transport strategy, which includes the modernisation of the Transport Ministry, support for updating legislation and the regulatory framework, support for institutions in charge of transport safety, and the professionalization of those employed in transport.
Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, said: "With this aid the European Commission is supporting Algeria’s commitment to make progress in the cultural heritage and transport sectors. Algeria possesses a wealth of historical sites and this fresh aid will help to protect this precious heritage. Our support for both the cultural heritage and transport will emphasise the importance of training and jobs for young people.”
A second commitment of EUR 23.5 million under the 2011 Annual Action Programme, designed to meet the challenges of employment for young people and their participation in society, will be made later.
The Commission adopted the following two projects:
Cultural Heritage Protection and Enhancement Support Programme in Algeria (€21.5 million)
This programme will support the policy of considering the cultural heritage as a tool for Algeria’s economic and human development. It initiates an approach that integrates all actors and sectors concerned by its cultural heritage, involving them in the identification, protection, management and exploitation of this heritage. Training sessions will be run on pilot sites.
Transport Sector Policy Support Programme II (€13 million)
The European Commission has been supporting the transport sector since 2006. The Transport II programme will continue support for the country’s sectoral strategy, the integration of the EU acquis in matters of safety and regulations and institutional meteorological capacity-building to serve the needs of aviation and shipping.
Under the Association Agreement with the EU signed in 2005, Algeria has a total budget of €172 million for 2011-2013 financed through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.
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