EU Approves €25m for Libya

The European Commission has approved €25 million package to support transition in Libya. It consists of three programmes focusing on sectors which are important for stability and for delivering on expectations of the people (Education, Health Care, Security and Rule of Law).

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, explained this funding by the commitments the EU made to Libya and its transformation:

"The stabilisation of Libya is a key to allow democratic transition to take place according to the expectations of the Libyan people. With these three programmes the EU is bringing its diversity of experience and expertise to support the new Libya in setting-up their own solutions to their most pressing challenges."

The approved programmes will enrol early next year and will be financed from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) whereas:

the programme for "Technical and vocational education and training delivery and development" will focus on unemployed young people and will contribute to the integration of ex-fighters while fostering economic recovery (€6,5 million);

the programme on "Libya health system strengthening" will allow the government to improve the delivery of public services especially in the primary health care and community mental health care where in the post conflict context the needs are huge (€8,5 million);

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