EU approves 1.15B euro aid for West Africa

European Union doubles its former aid package commitment to West Africa, approving to give 1.5 billion euro aid

Photo by: UNHCR
Photo by: UNHCR

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The European Union approved on Monday a 1.15 billion euros in aid package to West Africa through 2020, twice as much as its former commitment to the region.

The statement introducing the aid package did not give detailed account of how the aid is going to be allocated among different sectors, but announced that the money promised for security will be used for migration.

Coastal states such as Guinea and Ivory Coast and land-locked countries like Niger and Mali are among the 16 countries in the region that the funds will be distributed.

Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, spoke regarding the issue;

"We will work with a wide range of partners to tackle the challenges that remain in West Africa, such as peace and security, economic integration and trade, as well as sustainable development."

West Africa is struggling with both diseases and economic instability, while being one of the world's poorest countries.

The region is fighting with Ebola, a deadly disease which has killed over 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and still continues to pose danger.

The European Commission has given over 400 million euros to fight the disease but there was no specific information regarding health in the EU statement.

TRTWorld and agencies