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Press release

Brussels, 25 May 2013

European Commission makes first payment of €90 million under state‑building contract with Mali

The European Commission has just paid out €90 million to Mali under the state‑building contract. Commission President José Manuel Barroso commented ‘This payment, part of the € 523 million aid package that I announced at the donor conference ‘Together for a new Mali’ on 15 May in Brussels, demonstrates that the European Union is fully committed to state‑building in Mali’. Mr Barroso also said, ‘I welcome the agreement signed on 18 June with a view to holding elections on 28 July and I urge the Malian authorities to continue their efforts to implement the roadmap for transition and the Plan for the Sustainable Recovery of Mali’.

The Commissioner for development cooperation, Andris Piebalgs, said, ‘This first substantial pay‑out under the state‑building contract on the date originally set illustrates the progress made by Mali in implementing the roadmap for transition to democracy. The payment will help to restore democracy and the rule of law across the country and support the Malian State in stepping up its activities in sectors that directly benefit the population, such as health, education, food security and job creation.’

Background

The conference ‘Together for a new Mali’ held in Brussels on 15 May brought together 108 delegations and representatives of local authorities, civil society, the Malian diaspora, women and the private sector.

€3.285 billion in aid was pledged by 56 bilateral and multilateral donors. The conference also helped identify critical areas for action on governance, decentralisation, the management of public finances and economic recovery.

The European Union announced that it would allocate €1.35 billion to Mali, of which €523.9 million from the European Commission.

The Commission and the Malian Government signed a state‑building contract worth €225 million on 15 May. This budget support will help the Government implement the roadmap for transition and the Plan for the Sustainable Recovery of Mali 2013‑2014 and will support its efforts to reduce poverty, promote sustainable and inclusive growth and strengthen governance. It will enable the State to ensure basic service provision and restore the rule of law for the whole of the population. It will be paid out in three instalments over 2013‑2014.

Its specific objectives are to:

  • increase the Government’s financial capacity to strengthen macroeconomic stability and its capacity for development action;

  • improve governance, in particular the management of public finances, including budget monitoring and transparency;

  • support the Malian Government through the process of transition and national reconciliation;

  • support the Government’s efforts to carry out its basic functions across the whole country, in particular to provide basic services (water and health) and relaunch the economy through job creation.

For more information

Website of EuropeAid Development and Cooperation DG

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

Website of the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/piebalgs/index_en.htm

EU Cooperation with Mali: health projects

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I078216

EU Cooperation with Mali: hygiene and waste management project in Bamako

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I078213

EU Cooperation with Mali: water and irrigation projects in the area of Segou, Mali

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I078211

EU Cooperation with Mali: food security projects in Ouéléssébougou, 40 kms South of Bamako, Mali

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I078215

EU Cooperation with Mali: road infrastructure projects

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I078214

Photos of EU-Funded programmes in Mali

Contacts:

Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen (+32 2 295 30 70)

Leonor Ribeiro Da Silva (+32 2 298 81 55)

Alexandre Polack (+32 2 299 06 77)

Raquel Maria Patricio Gomes (+32 2 297 48 14)

Maria Sanchez Aponte (+32 2 298 10 35)


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