European Commission announces almost €127 million in support of the implementation of the MoU with Tunisia
September 26, 2023
In support of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a strategic and comprehensive partnership between the EU and Tunisia, the European Commission announced €60 million in budget support for Tunisia and an operational assistance package on migration worth around €67 million, which respectively will now be disbursed in the coming days and contracted and delivered swiftly.
The announcement follows a phone call between Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi and Tunisian Foreign Minister Nabil Ammar, to discuss the importance of continued delivery in the implementation of the MoU and in particular on priority actions. A delegation of Commission officials will visit Tunisia next week to discuss the implementation of the MoU, in particular the priority actions.
The EU and Tunisia are committed to swiftly advance on the implementation of the MoU, prioritising actions in the field of migration the cooperation to crack down on the smuggling networks and with intensified EU assistance for capacity building of the Tunisian law enforcement authorities, as well as support for voluntary return and reintegration of migrants to their countries of origin, in full respect of international law.
The Commission is accelerating the delivery of ongoing programmes as well as actions under the new €105 million support package on migration linked to the MoU that will help address the urgent situation in Lampedusa, in line with the 10-point plan for Lampedusa.