Summary: 26 January 2011, Brussels - On behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, a mission at the level of EEAS senior officials has been sent to Tunisia today. The mission, led by the EEAS Managing Director for the Middle East and Southern Neighbourhood, Hugues Mingarelli, will meet with the transitional authorities as well as with representatives of political forces, civil society and trade unions.
In particular, they plan to hold discussions with the committees set up to work on political and constitutional reform, the investigation into corruption and fraud and the examination of abuses in the past few weeks by police and other public authorities. Meetings are also expected to take place with representatives of former opposition political parties, of the UGTT, as well as with NGOs including the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH), the Association of the Democratic Women, AFTURD, the Lawyers Order and the Journalists Union.
The EU is willing to provide its political, legal, technical and material support to the democratic transition in Tunisia. This includes support to the preparation of the elections, to the work of the commissions appointed by the government on the political transition, investigation on corruption and on the violence during the demonstrations. The EU is also willing to adopt, in close coordination with the Tunisian authorities, restrictive measures against those responsible for diverting public funds. Furthermore, the EU, in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, envisages adapting its strategy and assistance regarding Tunisia, in order to take into account the new context and the legitimate aspirations of the Tunisian people.