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Tunisian and European officials identify Co-operation sectors

Published the:  31/03/2011

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March 31, 2011 -TAP - Tunisian and European officials identified, on Thursday, during a working session held in Tunis, sectors to make the most of a European financial aid and an enlarged co-operation on the short and long ranges, according to European Commissioner in charge of Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom.
Mrs. Malmstrom, who is co-heading with European Commissioner in charge of European Enlargement and Neighbourliness Policy Stefan Fule a European delegation on a working visit in Tunisia, also expressed the Union's readiness to provide support and expertise to Tunisia, in such a way as to back up the country's transition to democracy.
The visit aimed, she specified to TAP news agency, to identify "the Tunisian government's and people's urgent needs and priorities," in this post-January 14 Revolution period.
The working session gathered European officials and Foreign Minister Mohamed Mouldi Kéfi, Planning and International Co-operation Minister Abdelhamid Triki, Finance Minister Jalloul Ayed and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Radhouane Nouicer.
The meeting turned on assessment of the European neighbourliness policy and the European Commission's recent statement on partnership for democracy and prosperity shared with the southern Mediterranean shore.
This project, presented on March 8, should, according to the European Commission, define the steps to be adopted by the Europe to back up changes taking place neighbouring southern countries.
During this session, "jointly, we agreed on means to support the Tunisian people at this crucial stage, in such a manner as to guarantee the democratic transition and energize economic development," also asserted Mrs. Malmstrom.
Sine the January 14 Revolution, several European officials visited Tunisia, including the EU Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and Head of the EU diplomacy Catherine Asthon.