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Johannes Hahn, commissaire à la Politique Européenne de Voisinage et aux négociations d'élargissement, sera à Tunis demain 21 mars afin de souligner le soutien de l'UE à la transition démocratique du pays, de lancer la Feuille de route conjointe pour l'avancement de réformes prioritaires avec le Premier ministre Youssef Chahed, et d'annoncer un nouveau soutien de l'UE à l'innovation et aux startups.
Success of pledging conference success marks the start of the biggest ever infrastructure project in the Gaza Strip.
Today, the EU hosted a pledging conference on the Gaza Central Desalination Plant & Associated Works Project in Brussels. The conference, co-chaired by the EU and the Palestinian Authority, mobilised financial support of €456 million to this biggest ever infrastructure project in the Gaza strip, which will provide a minimum of 55 million m3 of safe and clean drinking water per year to the people in dire need.
Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said: "This project will meet the most urgent water needs in Gaza, providing drinking water and at the same time contributing to economic growth, environmental sustainability and stability. I'm proud that the EU pledged €70 million for the desalination plant plus €7.1 million for management costs. Today's successful pledging conference takes us a step closer to making a reality of this project and to improve living conditions in Gaza, and remove obstacles to economic development there.
The EU will host tomorrow 20 March a pledging conference to rally the support of the international community for biggest ever investment project in Gaza: the Gaza Central Desalination Plant. The available water in Gaza is among the lowest in the world and 97% is unfit for human consumption. This project will meet the most urgent water needs providing water for the two million Palestinians living in Gaza, contributing to the environmental sustainability and economic development of Gaza. The Donor Conference will be opened by the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn. In the afternoon, the EU will also host the annual spring meeting of the international donor coordination group in support of the Palestinian economy, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC).
Cooperation between the Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean is fundamental to tackle the climate challenges faced by the region. This has become a priority of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which aims at promoting growth, sustainable living conditions, and ultimately stability and security in the region. Following the commitments outlined in the Paris Agreement, national and local authorities in the Southern Neighbourhood have been working together with the EU to enhance strategic planning towards low-carbon development and climate resilience.
Today the European Union has made available €82 million for the 2018 operating budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
On 20 March, the European Commission and the Government of Palestine will host an international Pledging Conference to harness broad international support for the construction of a large-scale water desalination plant and its associated infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.
new programme worth €50 million, to improve the living conditions and resilience of vulnerable populations in key Libyan municipalities has been adopted under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (North of Africa window). The new actions will benefit migrants, refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, returnees and host communities alike. Formulated jointly by the European Commission and Italy, the new programme will enhance access to basic and social services for vulnerable people and support local governance, in particular in the Libyan municipalities most affected by migratory flows.
Representatives from EU Member States and the six Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine met today in Brussels and agreed on the key priorities for 2018 to deliver on the commitments taken at the Eastern Partnership Summit of 24 November 2017. Opening the event, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations stated: "I welcome the strong commitment by all partners to deliver on the issues that have a meaningful impact on lives of citizens across the Eastern Partnership. Today's meeting, provided us with the opportunity to agree on what we can achieve together throughout 2018, on the basis of the "20 Deliverables for 2020" commitment".
The ninth Steering Committee meeting of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey took place in Brussels today, chaired by the European Commission. The meeting brought together representatives of EU Member States and Turkey. Members of the European Parliament also participated as observers. The Commission confirmed the quick and efficient delivery of the EU's commitment to assist Syrian refugees and their host communities in Turkey. The operational funds of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey have been fully committed and contracted, with 72 projects rolled out. More than EUR 1.85 billion was already disbursed at the end of 2017 with the remainder to be disbursed in the course of implementation of projects until mid-2021.
The European Union and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) are holding a Strategic Dialogue on the way forward for their partnership.