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2018 will be highly important year for partnership between Tunisia and EU (Jhinaoui)

Foreign Minister Khemais Jhinaoui, who is visiting Brussels on Monday, said that 2018 will be a very important year for partnership between Tunisia and the European Union.

A partnership which, he said, has reached “a maturity” reflected in particular by the move to “a higher level of the EU’s commitment to Tunisia” and the launching of a reflection on the future of post-2020 relations, which requires “a renewed, more inclusive partnership based on common democratic values”.

During a joint news conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, the Foreign Minister said that with the EU, “we agreed to further strengthen the channels of communication (…) and preserve the spirit and positive dynamics of our privileged partnership “.

The minister said he had discussed with Ms. Mogherini EU financial support to Tunisia in particular regarding the release of the second tranche of the 150 million Euro macro-financial assistance.

He also said that Tunisia and the EU have agreed to move to a higher level in terms of mobility and exchanges between young people and strengthening programmes for Tunisian youth.

We have, he explained, examined the possibilities of implementing new initiatives dedicated to youth such as Erasmus + for young entrepreneurs and Erasmus + for young apprentices.

In this context, he congratulated Tunisia’s association with the initiative on the consolidation and stimulation of “Start Up Promoted” by young people, mainly in the field of ICTs, he said, consistent with our national strategy on “Youth Entrepreneurship and Digital”.

On this occasion, Khemais Jhinaoui underlined the importance that Tunisia attaches to the 2018 increase in the annual quota of olive oil exported to the European market and called for larger openness of markets of the European Union to Tunisian producers of olive oil.

This increase, he noted, will ease the trade deficit on our trade balance and, above all, preserve jobs. The olive oil sector provides about one million direct and indirect jobs.

The next meeting of the 14th session of the Association Council between Tunisia and the European Union is scheduled for May 2018 in Brussels.

Khemais Jhinaoui is paying a working visit to Brussels on Monday at the invitation of the representative of the European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini.

According to a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the agenda of this visit: after the exit of Tunisia from the tax haven blacklist, the recommendations of Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF) in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, the partnership with the European Union by 2020, and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).

Regional and international issues of common interest, including the situation in Libya, will also be discussed.

Source: TAP News Agency

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