Iraq receives a grant of € 72 million in three agreements in the area of local government support, energy and demining

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Iraq and the European Union signed a new financial agreement to support the post-war effort and help to promote development, transparency and accountability in the region and the decontamination of them and the amount of 72 million euros, and signed the agreement on the Iraqi side Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Planning Agency Fouad Hussein, signed by the European Union Director of Development and Cooperation for Asia and the Middle East, Mr. Pierre Emileat, in the presence of a delegation from the European Union, as well as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning and Inspector General and a number of Directors General of the Ministry. .

"We signed a strategic partnership agreement with the European Union (EU) with three agreements and a package of measures to support the provision of basic services, reactivate economic activity and entrepreneurship and help facilitate land clearance and support reforms in the energy sector," the Minister of Planning told a news conference following the signing of the agreement. He added that the agreements concerned issues of decentralization and support of the oil sector, as well as support for the return of the displaced to their areas of residence, especially after the removal of mines from their areas and the reconstruction of liberated cities. He stressed the continuation of activating the partnership and expanding it with the EU and working together to help the Iraqi people and support its economy. He pointed out that the European Union delegation will visit a number of regions within the tour to Iraq.

For his part, the representative of the European Union said in a speech at the press conference: We are here to implement what we agreed at the Kuwait Conference and translate it into action through the signing of three agreements, representing the first set of agreements that support Iraq and 72 million euros to support the implementation of the reconstruction of Iraq. "The signing of these agreements shows the EU's concrete support for Iraq's development plans and helps families and communities rebuild their lives and economies," he said. He explained that the first component of this package of an additional 10 million euros for the implementation of a number of activities in Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Diyala to ensure the return of displaced persons wishing to return voluntarily to their homes safely. He explained that the second component aims at the package of financial assistance to achieve recovery and stability through local development, which focuses on the provinces of Anbar, Basra, Dahuk, Erbil, Maysan, Nineveh, Salaheddin, Sulaymaniyah and Dhi Qar with a total funding of 48.5 million euros, indicating that this assistance will contribute to the stability and socio-economic development of Iraq. By strengthening democratic governance as well as improving transparent and effective transparency of local government systems and public services. "The third part of this package is 14 million euros, an agreement to support the Iraqi government's efforts to reform the energy sector. This assistance will help the authorities to ensure that more energy is reaching the people of Iraq more reliably by focusing on renewable energy and efficiency Energy and minimizing gas ignition. It will also contribute to enhancing the availability of low-cost sustainable energy and reducing the environmental impact of burning hydrocarbons.