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Monday, 10 February 2014

EU confirms new support to Mauritania during high level visit

EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has today announced €195 million for Mauritania in the areas of food security, rule of law and healthcare for the years 2014-2020. The Commissioner will meet President Abdel Aziz and Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdhaf during his visit, and discussions are expected to focus in particular on ongoing cooperation between the EU and Mauritania in the areas of security, development and fishing. The Commissioner is also expected to underline the EU’s ongoing commitment to supporting the country on its path to growth and in the key role it has to play in security in the Sahel.
Speaking during the visit, Commissioner Piebalgs said: "The country will have a particularly important part to play in the forthcoming EU-AU summit and it can continue to count on the EU as a committed partner in this"."Mauritania also has a vital role in helping to keep the Sahel region stable due to its location. There can be no development without security, and I would like to congratulate the country on all the work it is doing to make the country, and the wider region, more stable".
During this visit, the Commissioner will also take the opportunity to see for himself how key EU projects are making a difference on the ground. For instance, a school for girls in the village of Toujounine, and a police training school; a concrete example of the link between security and development in the country (which is at the heart of the EU’s strategy in the Sahel).
The new funding announced today comes from the European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020. Between 2007 and 2013, the EU committed €209 million to Mauritania. This included an additional €25 million for the Sahel strategy (European Union strategy to promote security and development in the Sahel), €11 million on the Millennium Development Initiative and €8 million as part of the Vulnerability Flex (or V-FLEX), set up to help countries to respond to the effects of the economic crisis.

Source: European Commission