EU and UNDP work together towards mine clearance and development

October 24, 2017
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On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the battles of El Alamein, Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, and Mr. Richard Dictus, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Egypt, accompanied by EU and UNDP representatives, visited ongoing activities of the EU-funded project ‘Support to the North West Coast Development Plan and Relevant Mine Action: Phase II’ implemented in the cities of Al Alamein and Matrouh.

The delegation visited El Alamein Preparatory and Secondary School for a session on mine risk education, El Alamein Military Field Battalion for explanation and live demonstration on demining activities, and the Artificial Limb Center in Al Qasr village to meet with beneficiaries.

The battles of El Alamein, which took place 75 years ago on the Egyptian soil, have had a tremendous importance on the course of the Second World War. Yet, it has also left behind a vast amount of unexploded ordinances that remain a major risk for the population and, more generally, for the development of the North West Coast,” said Ambassador Ivan Surkoš. “The EU works with Egypt to tackle this issue,” he added.

In 2014, the EU funded the second phase of the mine action project with a grant of €4.7 million. For its implementation, the EU is working in partnership with the UNDP and the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MOIIC).


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The European Union Delegation to Egypt

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