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Friday 21st December 2012 

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

In a press release the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, explained this funding by saying:

“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 programs 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 programs will start early next year and will be financed from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).

The first programme, costs €6.5 million, titled “technical and vocational education and training delivery and development” will focus on unemployed young people and will try to contribute to the integration of ex-fighters while fostering economic recovery.

The second costs €8.5 million and deals with “Libya health system strengthening”. It 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.

The third costs €10 million and it is earmarked to finance the “strengthening democracy, good governance and civilian culture in the security and justice sectors”. It is aimed to help the Libyan government to deal with security, rule of law and reconciliation challenges.

The EU´s aim in Libya is to help the transition to a democratic, stable and prosperous country. This also involves promotion of “deep and sustainable democracy”, based on strong, transparent and accountable institutions and a vibrant civil society.

Since the beginning of the uprising in Libya last year, the EU has provided more than €156 million in humanitarian support and mobilized EU civil protection teams and assets to alleviate the plight of civilians, both in Libya and at its borders.

Currently there are 17 bilateral cooperation projects running for a total amount of €38.7 million, covering a wide range of sectors: public administration, health education, migration, civil society development, reconciliation, media, human rights, etc.

Through the EU’s Public Administration Facility (PAF), it also supports the General National Congress (GNC).

The programme for the GNC comprises a general introduction to all Congress members (mandates, roles of the NGC, organisation and procedures, work on national budget (urgent matters), law making process, representing and communicating with citizens) as well as workshops on specific issues.

Source: Tripoli Post 

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