The European Commission is ready to unfreeze aid worth 156 million euros (USD224 million) to Mauritania,

reports. The commission suspended aid following a coup in 2008.

"We agreed on all the big reforms that await Mauritania in coming months," said Stefano Manservisi, the commission's director-general for development. The reforms pertain to human rights, electoral and security measures, and corruption fight.

A vote on the aid resumption will take place in Brussels in January.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.