The European Union backs economic recovery in Tunisia
Yesterday, the European Union approved a financial assistance program for Tunisia, which underpins the transition process. This 68-million-Euro program will support far-reaching reforms undertaken since the revolution, in the economic and social sectors but also in the field of good governance.
“Through this new Program, the European Commission would like to support the recovery process of the Tunisian economy undertaken since the revolution and pursued by the government that came to power after the elections of October 2011”, said Štefan Füle, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy. “Apart from the support to the efforts of the authorities to speed up growth to create jobs, reduce regional disparities and reinforce social protection, the European Union is also determined to accompany the implementation of democratic institutions and the rule of law”, he added.
Special attention will be given to the economic recovery with actions targeting especially the particularly disadvantaged regions and social groups, such as the graduate unemployed and the poorest families. The Programme also plans actions to improve the business environment and the Tunisian economy’s competitiveness, with the liberalization of the Internet networks for instance. It strives to reinforce the players of regional development and especially the towns’ financial capacity. It will allow to reinforce the transparency of public management and to support the government in the implementation of an independent justice and in its fight against corruption.
This programme builds on the previous support programme for economic recovery that amounted to 100 million Euros and that was adopted in September 2011. Like its predecessor, it was prepared in close collaboration with other donors, especially the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
The new program complements other actions supported by the EU in 2012 such as the improvement of the access to basic health care services in the disadvantaged regions, the development of the Tunisian civil society or the reform of the judicial sector.
Moreover, in the framework of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy, the programme places strong emphasis on the civil society organizations that were closely involved in the stages of identification and formulation of measures to support and will also be involved in the implementation stage. (EU Neighbourhood Info)