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Press Release

Brussels, 30 July 2013

New European Union programme to support economic and political governance in Algeria

Under the SPRING programme (Support for Partnership, Reform and Inclusive Growth), established to assist the southern Neighbourhood countries in the wake of the Arab Spring, the European Commission today adopted a programme to support governance in Algeria. The programme is designed to strengthen economic and political governance. The aims are to consolidate the rule of law, including access to justice, step up the fight against corruption, encourage participation by all citizens in the development process, and improve monitoring of the use made of public funds.

According to EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle: ‘This new programme, designed to underpin the development process in Algeria, will enhance the expertise of various organisations involved in the economic and political governance of Algeria. The programme will support the creation of forums for dialogue between the lower house of Parliament and the wider society, improve access to justice for ordinary people, reinforce external auditing of public expenditure and boost monitoring and evaluation of public service performance.’

The two main components of the programme will focus on these two aspects and will be supplemented by a communication, media and transparency component. More specifically, the measures could result in short-term support and technical assistance, twinnings, TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange - short-term training courses and visits by experts from EU institutions) as well as small comprehensive projects covering a series of activities such as short training courses.

The organisations involved could include the lower and upper houses of Parliament, the Anti-Corruption Office, the Court of Auditors, a journalism school, the bar association, etc.

Background

The programme (€10m) to support governance in Algeria has been adopted under the SPRING programme (Support for Partnership, Reform and Inclusive Growth). This programme concentrates in particular on support for democratic transition, institution-building and sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth and development.

This governance support programme for Algeria is directly linked to the priorities defined by the Algerian Government, the objective being to provide support to the organisations that play a major role in the governance of the country (for example, the two houses of Parliament, the Anti-Corruption Office, the Court of Auditors, a journalism school and the bar association).

Consolidating the rule of law and improving governance are two of the main objectives of the instruments used to promote cooperation between Algeria and the EU.

For more information

Website of EuropeAid – Development and Cooperation DG:

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

EU-Algeria:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/country-cooperation/algeria/algeria_en.htm

Delegation of the European Union to Algeria:

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/algeria/index_en.htm

European Neighbourhood Policy:

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

Neighbourhood Info Centre:

http://www.enpi-info.eu/countrymed.php?country=1&?lang_id=469

Website of the European External Action Service concerning relations with Algeria

http://eeas.europa.eu/algeria/index_en.htm

Contacts :

Peter Stano (+32 2 295 74 84)

Anca Paduraru (+32 2 296 64 30)


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