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Frattini: Italy is ready to help Tunisians' voluntary return and finance micro-projects in Tunisia

Published the:  25/03/2011

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March 25, 2011 TAP - "Italy is ready to help voluntary return of Tunisians and finance micro-projects in Tunisia," Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said before leaving Tunis, at the end of his working visit.
He said that Italy undertook to ensure implementation of these projects through constant follow-up, specifying that since January 15,000 Tunisians have entered Italy illegally.
"We have mobilized the Italian regions for twinning projects with Tunisian regions in order to support development in Tunisia," he pointed out.
The Italian minister declared that he had been given guarantees by the Tunisian authorities to fight illegal migration, asserting that contacts with caretaker government members had led to an agreement on the best management of migratory flows, in total respect of human dignity.
For its part, Italy intends to provide assistance worth 80 million Euros to border guards, in equipments and training, he specified.
As regards bilateral co-operation, Mr. Frattini went on saying that additional credit lines worth 150 million Euros will be granted by the Italian government to help revitalize the Tunisian economy, in particular in the country's interior regions, with a view to reinforcing creation of small- and medium-sized enterprises.
He asserted that priority would be given in co-operation matters, in the coming period, to vocational training, fight against sea pollution and fishing development.
The Italian minister outpointed that Tunisia possesses important sea resources that should be preserved, specifying that "Italy is ready to finance a project to improve the fishing activity."
Mr. Frattini also expressed will to help the Tunisian tourism sector recover its dynamics and encourage potential Italian tourists to return to Tunisia.
A set of promotion campaigns on Tunisia's destination would be launched as of next April in Italy, he affirmed.
"The European Union has not shown a concrete interest to Tunisia at this particular juncture. Italy, which is Tunisia's second economic partner and which supports the Tunisian Revolution, has already set bilateral co-operation projects for investments worth 100 million Euros".
Mr. Frattini was accompanied by Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni.