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Afghanistan: EU Commission completes €1 bn pledge

Sommaire: Afghanistan: EU Commission completes €1 bn pledge (30 November 2006: Brussels)

In 2002 the European Commission pledged €1 billion over five years to support the reconstruction and development process in Afghanistan. Today the final commitments to realize this pledge have been approved. Decisions today cover support to provincial governance, to improve service delivery to the local population (€10.6 million), to be implemented in the framework of Provincial Reconstruction Teams; and support for the Afghanistan Variety and Seed Industry Development Project (€10 million). With these two decisions the commitment of the €1 billion is complete. Around 80% of the money committed is already disbursed, making Afghanistan first class example of efficient and rapid action by the European Commission.

European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said: “In 2002 the European Commission promised to be a steadfast partner for Afghanistan. Today we have kept our promise in full, and ahead of schedule.”

She added: “As one of the largest development donors to the Afghan reconstruction efforts, we have provided a swift response to the new government’s most immediate budget needs, supporting the public administration and security sector reform. We have made an important contribution to tackling the spiralling problem of illegal drugs production by supporting rural development and alternative livelihoods, and contributing to the salaries of thousands of law enforcement officers. In the health field, we have rehabilitated over a hundred clinics and hospitals. Taken together with our work on infrastructure, employment generation, and institution building, these achievements show that the EC is making a real difference in Afghanistan.”

Some of the most important achievements over the past five years include:

Relations with EU – political framework:

The Joint Political Declaration "Committing to a new EU-Afghan Partnership" signed on 16 November 2005 is a comprehensive framework for the EU-Afghanistan relationship. It confirms EU continued support in post-Bonn period while stressing the commitments by the Government of Afghanistan in key areas. Regular political dialogue was established as a key element of the new partnership (the first formal EU-Afghanistan Ministerial meeting was held on 31 January 2006). The EU reconfirmed its determination to further enhance its engagement with Afghanistan in its Council conclusions of 30 January 2006. EU Presence in Kabul is assured by the Special Representative and his office in addition to the Commission’s Delegation.

For more information on the EU's relations with Afghanistan:

The Commission has also provided substantial humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in Afghanistan. For more information on the humanitarian aid provided to Afghanistan:

  • Ref: EC06-371EN
  • Source UE: Commission Européenne
  • UN forum: 
  • Date: 30/11/2006

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