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Supporting transition progress in Yemen


The European Union fully supports a peaceful and orderly transition process in Yemen, one which responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people for a future of peace, security, democracy and prosperity.

Good progress has been achieved since President Hadi took office last February. "I particularly welcome the decision to establish the National Dialogue – an essential instrument to ensure a Yemeni-led, inclusive transition. This is the right step in the right direction," said President Barroso in his meeting with President Hadi. He also called on all parties and political forces in Yemen to play a constructive role in the country's transition process.

The EU has also shown strong support for the transition in financial terms. €170 million has been pledged for the period 2012-2014 in support of short-term needs which aim at key areas such as governance, social welfare, health, and food security. €40 million from this were mobilised to address immediate humanitarian needs in 2012 – malnutrition, food insecurity and displaced people. President Barroso encouraged President Hadi to develop co-operation mechanisms with civil society and the private sector which would ensure the success of EU-assisted programmes.

"In many of the nations touched by the Arab Spring, the journey is just beginning. There will be set-backs, but we are making a bet on democracy," said President Barroso.

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