European Union – Tunisia: 40 million euros to build 80 primary schools
July 14, 2023
The Tunisian Minister of Economy and Planning, Samir Saïed, and Ricardo Mourinho Felix, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), recently signed a funding agreement for the construction of 80 modern primary schools in Tunisia. This €40 million funding package, equivalent to 132 million dinars, illustrates the vital contribution the European Union (EU) makes through its Neighbourhood Investment Platform (NIP).
The NIP, formerly known as the Neighbourhood Investment Facility, aims to plug critical funding gaps in regions to the South and East of the EU. Under this initiative, the EU and its Member States offer non-repayable grants from their budgets, which complement loans from the European Investment Bank and other eligible stakeholders. The NIP also supports the private sector, in particular small enterprises, in order to stimulate economic development and improve standards of living.
This new EIB funding for Tunisia highlights strong EU commitment to supporting the Tunisian government in its efforts to tackle school drop-out rates, reduce the number of students resitting a year and to ensure fair and inclusive education. In close cooperation with the Tunisian Ministry of Education and the European Union, this project aims to improve the teaching and learning environment for