European Commission Pledges More Aid for Somalia

The European Commission plans to provide up to €175 million ($250.9 million) to support future economic development, governance and education programs in Somalia, including Somaliland, the commission’s top development official has announced.

“I anticipate that the [European Union] will soon take a decision on a substantial increase of the ongoing support package. This would add €175 million to the ongoing program of €212 million. We expect that up to 70 percent of this additional sum will be committed in Somaliland and Puntland, allowing us to continue and step up our efforts here,” European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said during a visit to Somaliland on July 6.

The EU’s current aid program in Somalia covers the period 2008-2013.

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