European Commission committed to aiding Iraq

European Commission committed to aiding Iraq


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The European Commission last week stated its continued support of reconstruction efforts in Iraq. For the past three years the Commission has proved the biggest donor for the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI) with a total of 718.5 million Euro of financial aid granted to the country.

Due to the current grave condition of Iraqi refugees, notably in Syria and Jordan, the EU has decided to provide additional 10 million Euro as humanitarian aid to help both Iraqis who have fled the country and those who have been internally displaced.

The Commission’s main purpose has been establishing safety and order in Iraq through the rehabilitation of basic services, aid to the political processes including elections and job creation. In a June 7, 2006 Communication the Commission outlined its medium-term strategy to be “endorsing and supporting democratic government, security, Rule of Law, Human Rights; improving delivery of basic services; paving the way of Iraq’s economic recovery; and developing an effective and transparent administrative framework”.

In an effort to establish security in the area and to help Iraq recover economically and politically, the EU is promoting dialogue with Iraq’s neighbouring countries in a meeting entitled Iraq Neighbours May 4 in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt). The Commission was to engage in dialogue between Iraq, its neighbour countries, the UN and other important Arab states regarding current developments in Iraq and their international impact.

 

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