EU resumes its development cooperation with Mali
At the Informal Development Ministers meeting in Dublin today, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced the fully-fledged resumption of development aid in Mali.
Commissioner Piebalgs stated: "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."
Some €250 million may be mobilised for this purpose.
He added: "The European Union is showing its long-standing commitment to support Mali by contributing to an ambitious response addressing the root causes of the crisis. We will assist the country in restoring democracy and peace by focusing primarily on reconciliation, conflict prevention and supporting the electoral process. Moreover, we will focus on food security, water and sanitation and make new proposals to help relaunch the economy."
Read the full press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-109_en.htm