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The European Union steps up its support to Mali

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The European Union steps up its support to Mali

On behalf of the European Commission, Commissioner for International cooperation and Development Neven Mimica has announced new support for the people of Mali. At the core of the Commissioner's official visit to Mali today is the EU's assistance for the stabilisation and development of the country. Commissioner Mimica will meet with the President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and attend high-level meetings on development and migration. Furthermore, together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali and National Authorizing Officer, Abdoulaye Diop, he will sign several projects of cooperation, worth a total amount of €67 million.. , These projects are mainly financed by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and will directly contribute to long-term peace and development in Mali. They will focus on improving food security, local development and security, resilience of the most vulnerable people, as well as on improving access to education. These projects will support the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed in June 2015. Ahead of his visit, Commissioner Mimica said: "The EU's commitment to the stabilisation and development of Mali has been constant, increased during the 2012 crisis, and continues to be strong. EU' support to Mali for the period 2014-2018 amounts to more than 1.7 billion euros. We stand by the Government and hope that reforms will be accelerated so that people can see the peace dividends." Peace and national reconciliation will also be important subjects during the different meetings, given the worsening security situation in the north and centre of the country. The two parties will also discuss the state of play of measures taken to implement the Valletta Action Plan.

Source: europa.eu