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Thursday, 10 September 2015

EU Commissioner announces Africa trust Fund

Development Commissioner Neven Mimica said that Commission President will announce a special “trust fund” for Africa, aimed at dealing with the root causes of the refugee crisis.The Commissioner recognized the need to increase ODA, by at least €4billion every year. Commissioner Mimica also highlighted the importance of targeted fudning to improve the economic climate through education and training. In his words,  “The primary goal of our development intervention in migration issues is reintegration, or integration of people in their countries of origin (…) It must be seen as a comprehensive package of internal and external action.” Commissioner Mimica added that in foreign affairs, the EU was perceived as a “soft power”, but in development affairs, the EU was the strongest actor.

Source: euractiv.com