EU provides additional €194m for G5 Sahel

The Union will do everything to help countries and communities to cope with the Covid-19 crisis

European Council President Charles Michel and the current President of the G5 Sahel, Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani, co-chaired on Tuesday a video conference with all the Heads of State of the G5 Sahel, EC President Ursula Von der Leyen and the High Representative of the EU Josep Borrell, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN and the President of the African Union Commission.

The videoconference provided an opportunity to reaffirm the EU's support to the region, including in facing the coronavirus pandemic and its impact. On this occasion, the European Commission announced an additional €194m to support the security, stability and resilience in the Sahel. To support the Sahel countries, the EU has mobilised €4.5bn for the period 2014-2020.

The new financial commitments are composed of €112m to help strengthen the security and defence capabilities of the G5 Sahel countries, while ensuring respect for human rights and international humanitarian law as well as re-establishing the presence of the state and basic services throughout the territory. The remaining €82m will be mobilised to intensify development efforts and help improving living conditions, resilience and social cohesion of vulnerable populations.

During this video conference, the leaders adopted a Joint Declaration of the members of the European Council with the G5 Sahel Member States - Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad. The text covers four main areas related to the security and development in the region, namely the fight against terrorism, strengthening security and defense capabilities in the G5 Sahel countries, restoring the state presence and basic services in fragile areas throughout the territory and increasing development efforts.

The President of the European Council recalled that the European Union will do everything to help countries and communities to cope with the Covid-19 crisis, in particular to mitigate the negative socio-economic consequences of the crisis as well as to strengthen sustainability integrated global value and supply chains to adapt them as needed and to mitigate the negative socio-economic impacts of the crisis.

The leaders underline the need for a holistic approach to tackle exclusion and poverty, promote sustainable development, strengthen resilience of institutions and communities, strengthen justice and the criminal justice chain, promote good governance, and build peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, pointed out that the situation in the Sahel keeps deteriorating and the “coronavirus pandemic cannot make us forget how serious the situation is in a region whose challenges are our challenges as well”. The Sahel must remain on top of the international agenda. Our meeting today showed a clear commitment by all to accelerate joint efforts, he asserted, adding that he is pleased to see the support from the African Union, including with the upcoming adoption of a stabilisation strategy for the region and the operationalisation of the African Peace and Security Architecture.


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