EU Ambassadors meet Speaker of Parliament, agree to strengthen cooperation

February 2, 2018
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The Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, along with Ambassadors of EU Member States, met today Speaker of Parliament Ali Abdel Aal. The meeting tackled issues of mutual interest and discussed strengthening cooperation in the parliamentary field.

Ambassador Surkoš stressed in his remarks the strategic partnership between the EU and Egypt, stating that the country’s sustainable stability and development are crucial for all Egyptians, for the entire region and for the EU and its Member States.

After seven years, 2017 saw the holding of the EU-Egypt Association Council and the adoption of the new Partnership Priorities in a spirit of cooperation and stronger engagement between the EU and Egypt. “We acknowledge that the country is undertaking important economic reforms and are committed to support Egypt in this regard,” said Surkoš.

EU assistance to Egypt currently stands at more than €1.3 billion in ongoing grant commitments. Together with EU Member States and European Financial Institutions’ grants, loans and debt swaps, this figure increases to €11 billion, making the EU the biggest donor to Egypt.

The Head of the EU Delegation underscored the important proactive role the Parliament plays in passing legislation and holding the Government accountable. “The EU has a long-standing experience in supporting parliamentary exchanges in the region and it can surely bring added-value for Egypt’s democratic transition.”

Democracy and human rights are an integral part of the jointly agreed Partnership Priorities with Egypt. Ambassador Surkoš pointed out that credible, transparent elections are crucial in the strengthening and consolidation of democratic institutions in Egypt as elsewhere.


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The European Union Delegation to Egypt

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