The European Commission remains determined to support the Tunisian people in the current extremely difficult economic context, said Monday European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni at the end of his visit to Tunisia.
“We want to continue to accompany Tunisia to create real economic growth, new jobs and better prospects for Tunisians, in particular women and young people,” Gentiloni said, asserting that “the Commission is ready to consider additional macro-financial assistance if necessary conditions are met. The first condition is the adoption by the IMF of a new disbursement programme. It is essential that this takes place as soon as possible.
For the European official, “There are many common interests between the EU and Tunisia, for example, the management of migratory flows to Europe. In this context, I welcome the contacts that have been renewed between the Commission and the Tunisian authorities. We want to continue this cooperation dynamic: Tunisia will not be left alone.
“This visit was an opportunity to confirm the importance of the strategic partnership between the European Union and Tunisia, a country with which we share deep historical and cultural links as well as common geopolitical interests. It is therefore also the future that we must build together,” he said.
He noted that his visit was also an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to the values of democracy, inclusion and the rule of law.
Source:Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP)