EU Eyes Additional Aid for Ivory Coast, Southern Sudan

A staff member at a polling center seals a ballot box during the second day of voting in South Sudan's referendum of independence. The European Union plans to increase its aid to Southern Sudan and Tunisia. Photo by: Olivier Chassot / UN

The European Union plans to increase its financial assistance for Ivory Coast and Southern Sudan, according to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

In remarks before a plenary meeting of the African Union Commission and European Commission, Barroso said the EU could provide €25 million ($35.9 million) to support recovery and restoration of the rule of law in Ivory Coast. This will be in addition to the €180 million pledged by the EU in April, Barosso said.

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Barroso added that the Europe Commission plans to increase its aid to Southern Sudan, which is expected to announce its independence as Africa’s newest state in July, to reach €300 million. The EU has already allocated €200 million for Southern Sudan.

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