Brussels, 14 May 2014
Commissioner Piebalgs visits Mali on anniversary of donor conference to launch new projects
One year after the Donors' Conference for Mali that was held in Brussels on 15 May 2013 and raised 3.3 billion euro to support the reconstruction of the country, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, hosts an event in Bamako to follow-up on the commitments. The event, on May 15, will serve to discuss progress and challenges on issues ranging from the supply of basic services for the population, such as water and education, to the return of the administration in the north of Mali, efforts for national reconciliation and democracy.
During his visit, the Commissioner will inaugurate the resumption of works on the road between Niono and Timbuktu, in the north of the country, which had been interrupted during occupation of the area by rebels and terrorist groups. The road will be the first and only paved link between the capital Bamako and Timbuktu. Works will be revamped in the presence of Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara and French Secretary of State for Development, Annick Girardin.
Ahead of his arrival in Mali, Commissioner Piebalgs said: "This event shows that the international community continues to stand side by side with the Malian people one year after. A lot of progress has already been made in recent months in the areas of development and governance. But much remains to be done to ensure that Malians can prosper in a safe and democratic society. The EU was one of the first to mobilise support in the recent crisis and the government can count on us to continue to provide help with rapid and concrete reforms.”
During his visit, the Commissioner will launch a new programme to rebuild and protect the cultural heritage of Timbuktu and visit a “Back to School” project that is expected to benefit 200,000 school children aged 3-18 years. He will also have meetings with Prime Minister Moussa Mara, Minister of Justice Mohamed Ali Bathily, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdoulaye Diop.
In its cooperation with Mali, the EU is taking a comprehensive approach, at the political, security, humanitarian, economic and social level. This global strategy warrants stronger aid effectiveness, which is one of the EU's priorities.
Some results of EU aid to Mali in the period 2012-2013:
• Support for the restructuring of the Malian armed forces, including training in 2013 of 2,100 Malian soldiers for enhanced security planning (EUTM)
• 900,000 people received food assistance; more than 100,000 children were treated against malnutrition
• Direct support was given to more than 70% of the health centres in North Mali, construction of 256 boreholes and wells, 61 water supply systems and 2,834 latrines for a total of 406,400 people in Mopti, Segou and Kayes
2,500 hectares of irrigated land in the region “Office du Niger”, which led to the creation of 2,000 jobs in small family farms
• Jobs for 235,345 people in 115 municipalities, for works of public interest
• 25 schools in the regions of Gao and Timbuktu received equipment, benefiting 14,000 students
• 3,500 km of roads were constructed and rehabilitated (over the last 30 years)
• Deployment of two election observation missions in the presidential and legislative elections in 2013
EU aid to Mali in figures
At the International Donor Conference “Together for a New Mali” on 15 May 2013, the EU announced €1.35 billion of support, of which €523.9 million were provided by the European Commission. The European Commission has kept its promises and out of the 523.9 million euros announced in Brussels, the whole has been committed including through direct budget support to the Government of Mali, support for the electoral process, the reform of the rule of law and supporting the delivery of basic social services to the population. More information on the donor conference can be found in MEMO/14/347.
In addition, over the period 2014-2020, the EU will provide €615 million to Mali, half of which will be in the form of general budget support, which constitutes direct financial support to the government of Mali to pursue agreed reform priorities.
Overall, support will focus on four sectors: state reform and peacebuilding; food security and rural development; education; construction of a section of a road that will link Bourem and Kidal to the Algerian border and support economic development in the north.
For more information
Website of EuropeAid Development and Cooperation DG:
Website of the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs: