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President of European Parliament expected next week in Tunisia

Published the:  11/03/2011

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March 11, 2011 - TAP - Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament said, on Tuesday March 11, 2011 in Brussels, that he will travel next week to Tunisia and Egypt to reiterate the European community's commitment to support democratic transition in these countries and discuss partnership strategies in the short, medium and long terms in the North African region.
Speaking to MEPs at a meeting on the situation in Libya and North Africa, Mr. Buzek said he was in favor of establishing a new kind of partnership with Southern Mediterranean neighbours.
«What our friends in North Africa need today, is not only financial assistance, but also expertise and technical assistance in the long term," said President of the European Parliament.
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the financial arm of the European Union, granted Tunisia early this month, an additional loan of 600 million Euros, raising the total amount of loans granted to the country, to 1.87 billion Euros in 2011.
Mr. Buzek, who spoke about democratic transition in North African countries as "a historical event that should not be missed," said "a lasting stability" comes from democracy. "It is the lesson that North Africa has once more taught us" he concluded.