Strengthening EU links with Tunisia
11 May, 2018
The EU and Tunisia have developed close relations and stepped up their cooperation in various fields over the last 12 months, according to a report published last week ahead of the EU-Tunisia Association Council in Brussels on 15 May 2018, the EU press service reported. The report highlights the intense high-level exchanges, dialogue and cooperation on key issues such as consolidating democracy and promoting good governance, the response to common security challenges and the coordinated management of migration.
“The EU and Tunisia are natural partners. We are eager to deepen our Privileged Partnership, and the EU remains committed to a democratic, strong and prosperous Tunisia,” VP Federica Mogherini pointed out. “The EU is continuing to deploy all its cooperation instruments to support the political and socio-economic transition in Tunisia. In 2017, for example, the Commission provided €300m in grants,” Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn added.
The report finds that tangible progress has been made in numerous fields, including women's rights, judicial reform, local development, green economy, civil protection.