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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

EU resumes development cooperation with Mali

The fully-fledged resumption of development aid in Mali was announced by European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs at the Informal Development Ministers meeting in Dublin today, 12 February. Thus, the  €250 million which was frozen last year shall be quickly released.
"The swift adoption by the Malian authorities of a transition roadmap to restore democracy and stability has opened the door for lifting the precautionary measures taken after the coup d'état of March 2012 and for restarting gradually development aid in order to respond to the urgent needs of the Malian people" Andris Piebalgs stated.
The EU will assist the country in restoring democracy and peace by focusing primarily on reconciliation, conflict prevention and supporting the electoral process, as well as on food security, water and sanitation and make new proposals to help relaunching the economy.
Following the coup d’état of last year's March, the European Commission had adopted precautionary measures limiting aid programmes to direct support to the local population, to assisting the transition to democracy and to humanitarian aid. The adoption of a "Roadmap for Transition" by the National Assembly of Mali on 29 January 2013 paved the way for resumption of development aid.

Source: European Commission