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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 28 November 2012

European Union supports economic recovery in Tunisia

The European Union today approved a financial assistance programme for Tunisia aimed at backing up the transition process. Worth EUR 68 million, the programme will support the intensification of the reforms initiated since the revolution in the economic and social spheres, and in good governance.

Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, explained: “With this new programme, the European Commission is seeking to support the economic recovery process undertaken in Tunisia since the revolution and pursued by the government elected in October 2011”. He added: “In addition to backing the authorities’ efforts to boost growth so as to create jobs, reduce regional disparities and strengthen social cover, the European Union is determined to support the establishment of democratic institutions and the rule of law”.

The programme follows on from the previous EUR 100 million recovery support programme adopted in September 2011. Like the previous plan, it has been drawn up in close cooperation with other donors, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

Special attention will be paid to economic recovery, with measures targeting in particular the most disadvantaged regions and social groups, such as unemployed graduates and the poorest families. The programme also includes measures to improve the business climate and the competitiveness of the Tunisian economy by, for example, liberalising Internet networks. It is also aimed at strengthening stakeholders in regional development and, inter alia, the funding capacity of municipalities. It will help to enhance the transparency of public administration and will support the government in establishing an independent judicial system and combating corruption.

Background

The new programme rounds out other action supported by the European Union in 2012, such as improving access to basic healthcare services in disadvantaged regions, developing civil society in Tunisia and reforming the justice sector.

Moreover, within the framework of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy, the programme places great emphasis on civil society organisations, which were closely involved in identifying and drawing up the measures to be supported and will continue to be closely involved in the implementation phase.

For more information

Website of EuropeAid – Development and Cooperation Directorate-General:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm

EU-Tunisia:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/country-cooperation/tunisia/tunisia_en.htm

European Neighbourhood Policy:

http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/index_en.htm

Contacts:

Anca Paduraru (+32 2 296 64 30)

Peter Stano (+32 2 295 74 84)


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