New prospects for Tunisia-EU cooperation

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, M.Othman Jerandi participated, Friday, by videoconference, in a meeting on the prospects for cooperation between Tunisia and the European Union in the framework of the European project for economic recovery and investment in the countries of the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

The meeting was also attended by Minister of Economy, Finance and Investment, Ali Koôli, and European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.

the European Commissioner stressed that this project reflects the EU's will to strengthen cooperation with the countries of the southern shore of the Mediterranean, including Tunisia. "Joint efforts will be made to address the economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic," he said.

M.Jerandi reaffirmed the government's firm commitment to continue its efforts to implement structural reforms. The objective, he said, is to create a sustainable and comprehensive economic model that provides a good response to many social, economic and security challenges.

"The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis it has generated have shed light on the common challenges between the countries of the two shores of the Mediterranean, hence cooperation is the only way to overcome these difficulties," he said.

He insisted on the need to give priority to the human and humanitarian dimensions when setting up Tunisia-EU cooperation projects, calling for the development of a common approach in the field of migration.

According to the same source, both parties agreed to continue consultations on cooperation projects in promising sectors, including scientific research, digital infrastructure and renewable energy.

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