Commissioner Johannes Hahn visits Tunisia

By Délégation de l'Union européenne en Tunisie

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will be in Tunisia on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April.

Commissioner Hahn will meet key interlocutors of the country — including President Beji Caid Essebsi, Prime Minister Habib Essid, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Development & International Cooperation Yassine Brahim, Minister in charge of relations with civil society and constitutional bodies Kamel Jendoubi — to discuss about the future EU-Tunisia partnership priorities based on the ENP review, reinforced cooperation against terrorism and implementation of socio-economic reforms.

The visit aims also at preparing the Association Council which will take place on 18 April in Luxembourg. The Commissioner will also meet representatives of the civil society and will visit EU funded projects. In presence of Minister of Health Said Aidi, Commissioner Hahn will officially open two EU funded health centres.

Ahead of the visit Commissioner Hahn said: "Tunisia is a privileged partner in our neighbourhood: Tunisians are achieving a remarkable democratic transition but they are also facing unprecedented socio-economic and security challenges. Young Tunisians in particular deserve to be offered better perspectives. The EU has deployed significant assistance since 2011, but we are determined to do more, deploying all the means at our disposal: our Privileged Partnership, the Action Plan, the Association Agreement and especially the new European Neighbourhood Policy. We will seek to support the efforts of the Tunisian people and government to enhance our relations in all possible areas."