To support Iraq after the liberation of areas held by Islamic State (known also by its Arabic acronym Da’esh), the European Commission on October 12 announced the adoption of a €60.4m stabilisation package.
This new funding comes in addition to EU humanitarian aid in the country and other forms of financial assistance that now total €608.4m since the beginning of the crisis.
“At this important juncture in Iraq history, we stand at the side of the Iraqi people and authorities who have shown courage and resilience in their fight against Da’esh,” said EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini. “Today more than ever, the EU is present to assist them in building their post-Da’esh future. We are and will continue to be active on the political, humanitarian, security and development sides to help stabilising the liberated areas. This is a pre-condition for reconciliation, for the return of the many internally displaced who are eager to come back and for the longer-term stability in Iraq.”
According to a European Commission press release, the stabilisation package includes €50.4m help to restore basic services, repair essential public infrastructure, as well as to reactivate economic activity through grants to small businesses. This will be done through the UNDP Funding Facility for Stabilisation, which is working in newly retaken areas in Anbar, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk, Ninewah and Diyala Governorates. Thanks to more than 1,200 projects, over 2.2m people have been able to return to their homes.
A further €10m will continue to facilitate the clearance of lands previously contaminated by explosives, by supporting the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).