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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

EU to provide €55 million for the people of Burundi

The European Commission today announced two new actions worth €55 million. These programmes will provide direct support to the population, in the areas of health, food security and nutrition. Today, the European Commission announced two new actions to support the people of Burundi: access to healthcare, worth €40 million and a rural development and nutrition programme, worth €15 million. Both programmes will be implemented by non-governmental organisations and/or international agencies, following the EU Council Decision earlier this year which suspended direct EU financial support to the Burundian administration. EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: " Burundians themselves are the principal victims of the current crisis – which has aggravated a situation that was already very fragile. This new 55 M€ package will help strengthening access to health services and improving food and nutrition. It shows the clear commitment of the EU to continue supporting the people of Burundi, despite the current political impasse. "

Source: europa.eu