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European Commission - Press release

€112 million to support socio-economic reforms and protection of vulnerable groups in EU's Southern Neighbourhood

Brussels, 21 December 2015

The EU has adopted a €112 million package to support socio-economic reforms and protection of vulnerable groups in Tunisia, Syria and Israel. The package, funded under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), brings the total EU support to its southern neighbourhood this year up to €1.6 billion.

The EU has adopted a €112 million package to support socio-economic reforms and protection of vulnerable groups in Tunisia, Syria, and Israel. The package, funded under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), brings the total EU support to its southern neighbourhood this year up to €1.6 billion.

Stabilising our neighbourhood is a top priority for the EU. This new funding will support key reforms and help improve the livelihoods and resilience of local populations, bringing more stability to this volatile region", said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

In the package, €72 million will enhance cooperation with Tunisia and Israel, focusing on socioeconomic reforms in Tunisia, and on twinning projects in Israel.

The remaining €40 million will support vulnerable groups as well as resilience and livelihoods of populations in Syria.

 

Background:

Tunisia: After making substantial progress in its democratisation efforts, Tunisia will receive additional €70 million to support socio-economic reforms and the tourism sector. This follows a first assistance package, adopted in July 2015, making the EU's total 2015 contribution to Tunisia €186.8 million.

Syria crisis: €40 million will go towards assisting the Syrian population within the country, including Palestine refugees. This support will be implemented through International NGOs, EU Member States agencies and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Israel: €2 million will continue to support institutional twinning projects, which aim to foster cooperation between EU and Israeli peer institutions.

 

More details:

MEMOs

Israel - Renewed EU support for institutional cooperation with Israel

Syria - EU mobilises additional €40 million in support of Syrian population

Tunisia - EU provides €70 million to support socio-economic reforms and tourism in Tunisia

 

For further information:

Website of the DG for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations:

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/neighbourhood/southern-neighbourhood/index_en.htm

EU Neighbourhood Info Centre:

http://www.enpi-info.eu/

IP/15/6378

Press contacts:

General public inquiries: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 67 89 10 11 or by email


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