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Brussels, 26 April 2012

EU-Lebanon: Increased support for reforms

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with the Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Mikati in Brussels today. "We have discussed Lebanon´s reform efforts and the EU´s assistance based on the more for more principle," Commissioner Füle said after the meeting. "For the EU it is important that Lebanon advances with reforms since they bring benefits to the people in the country and also open doors for more support and assistance from the EU," he added. Shortly beforehand, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso announced an additional € 30 million allocation to Lebanon from the SPRING (Support for Partnership, Reform and Inclusive Growth) instrument, which comes on top of this year's allocation to Lebanon of € 62 million.

"This top-up reflects the EU’s commitment to supporting Lebanon’s reforms in the field of institution-building, democracy, including civil society, good governance and human rights as well as inclusive economic growth," Commissioner Füle said after his bilateral talks with Mr Mikati. They also discussed in detail the preparations of the ENP Action Plan where both sides are close to finalising the list of priorities for joint cooperation. "The list of priorities should be based on the pillars of the revised ENP policy as well as on the priorities that are important to Lebanon as defined in the economic and social reforms Action Plan. It should reflect our long-standing commitment to issues of importance for the stability and sustainable development of Lebanon which not only means supporting political reforms and promoting human rights but also promoting civil society as well as the political and social rights of vulnerable populations," Commissioner Füle stressed.

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