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EU-Africa: Conference on the Sahel, €400 million mobilised for development, stability, fight against terrorism

Bruxelles, 23 febbraio: i partecipanti al vertice

(Brussels) The International High Level Conference on the Sahel this morning in Brussels has mobilised “€414 million to support the Joint security Force of the 5 countries in the region, the G5, and to reinforce the coordination of sustainable development efforts”. Around the table were EU institutions and many heads of government of European countries, the United Nations, the African Union and the G5, namely the political leaders of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad. “Instability has many factors so our response must be linked and ambitious”, said the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker. To guarantee “security and development”, we must “mobilise all the instruments we have at our disposal”. The funding, €100 million mobilised in total by the EU, will support “the operationalisation of the G5 Sahel Joint Force”, to achieve security and fight terrorism. Bringing political “stability to the region”, however, is a necessary precondition for tackling the challenges. The EU is also actively involved in the “Alliance for the Sahel”, launched in July last year to coordinate development aid; it is the main donor in the region having allocated €8 billion to development aid for the 2014-2020 period.

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