Meeting between Louis Michel and political and civil society representatives and signature of the Convention for a Stabilization Accompaniment Programme
End production: 22/01/2008 First transmission: 22/01/2008
Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, met with senior figures in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Louis Michel signed a key document committing the EU to 10 million Euros funding towards Chad's Stabilization Accompaniment Programme, designed to further democracy and dialogue in Eastern Chad through the building of schools, hospitals etc. Louis Michel held other important meetings with the Chadian Minister for the Economy and senior United Nations officials. The visit came as the European Commission earmarked a further 17 million Euros for the coming year to help the 230,000 refugees and displaced people who fled the crisis in neighbouring Darfur. Plans for a 3500-strong, UN-mandated European force to protect refugees in Chad and the Central African Republic faced approval by the EU Council of Ministers et the end of January.
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||Exterior view of Kempinski Hotel, in NDjamena (3 shots)
||Signing ceremony of the Stabilization Accompaniment Programme with Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid; Youssouf Saleh Abbas, Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Chad to MINURCAT and EUFOR; and Ousmane Matar Breme, Chadian Minister for Economy and Planning
||Louis Michel shaking hands with Youssouf Saleh Abbas, and applause (2 shots)
||Louis Michel (in FRENCH) saying that the Stabilisation Accompaniment Programme for Eastern Chad, amounting to 10.1 million Euros, aims to facilitate the transition from emergency to rehabilitation and development
||Cutaway of the audience
||General view of the meeting of Louis Michel with Youssouf Saleh Abbas and Ousmane Matar Breme (4 shots)
||Louis Michel (in FRENCH) saying that the EU is extremely mobilized in emergency aid, humanitarian aid; with 30 million Euros in 2007 alone; and this is another additional agreement, worth 10.1 million Euros, to consolidate rehabilitation, development, reconstruction, and recreate basic services, so that when the refugees and IDPs go home, they can find again villages with schools, dispensaries etc., with everything needed so that a population can settle again, can live again normally; in a country devastated like Chad by conflicts, also with the effects of what's happening in Darfur, education can't stop
||Louis Michel and EC colleagues meeting with Jane Holl Lute, UN Assistant Secretary General for Mission Support in Peacekeeping Operations (3 shots)
||Exterior view of Kempinski Hotel