EU Has New Task Force for North African Assistance

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has created a task force that will serve as a focal point for EU assistance to North African countries undergoing political transformations.

The Task Force for the Southern Mediterranean will comprise experts from the European Commission, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and European External Action Service.

“I want the Task Force to ensure that we make good on the proposals we made in our recent review of the European Neighborhood Policy and to keep a clear view of the strategy we have defined for the whole Southern Mediterranean region,” Ashton said in a statement. “It will improve the coherence of our assistance to civil society, to democracy-building and to economic reconstruction through funds from the EU, the EIB and the EBRD.”

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