Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

US ambassador to UN tells France 24 Russia 'has walked away from diplomacy' on Syria

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Paris pollution: 'What are we waiting for?'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Colombia's President Santos: Nobel Peace Prize 'a gift from God'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Donald Trump named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Aleppo: The story of 7-year-old Bana Alabed

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Trump, Italy, slow growth: The ECB's challenges

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Graduation', 'Go Home' & Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas turns 100

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

After latest Snowden leaks, is it time to use carrier pigeons?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Taiwan on the line: Trump phone call alarms China (part 1)

Read more

Africa

EU to give post-revolution Tunisia €258 million in aid by 2013

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-15

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (pictured) has announced a 258-million-euro ($347 million) aid package to help Tunisia's interim government cope with social and economic turmoil.

AFP - The European Union will extend 258 million euros (348 million dollars) in aid to Tunisia by 2013 and 17 million euros immediately, its top diplomat said here Monday.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton told a press conference that the EU would immediately unblock 17 million euros to help Tunisia's interim government and would extend 258 million euros by 2013.
 
She did not specify whether the larger sum included the emergency aid.
 
The aid aims to help Tunis cope with mounting social and economic tensions in the wake of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ouster last month.
 
Ashton also said the EU would help Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi host an international conference on political and economic reforms in Carthage in March.
 
She also said Brussels would begin talks with the country's interim government on granting Tunisia "advanced status" for improved trade and cooperation ties, which it hopes a new parliament can ratify in six months.
 
The EU had begun talks with ousted leader Ben Ali's regime on the advanced status last May but the negotiations had made little progress.

 

Date created : 2011-02-14

  • TUNISIA

    Tunisia’s foreign minister resigns

    Read more

  • TUNISIA

    Parliament grants interim president greater power

    Read more

COMMENT(S)