Kais Saied arrives in Brussels to attend 2nd Tunisia-European Union Summit 
03/06/2021 14:44, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP special correspondent Sofien Manai)- President of the Republic Kais Saied arrived Thursday in Brussels for a two-day visit (June 3-4) to attend the 2nd Tunisia-European Union (EU) Summit.

The 1st Tunisia-EU Summit had been organised in December 2016.

This visit is timed as Tunisia and the EU start planning the partnership between the two parties for the period 2021-2027, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi, who is accompanying the President of the Republic stated to TAP.

"The visit of President Kais Saied testifies to Tunisia's commitment to deepening political dialogue with its first partner for nearly half a century," he said.

President Kais Saied is due to meet Council of Europe President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament Speaker David Sassol.

He will also meet King Philippe of Belgium, with whom he will discuss the development of relations between the two countries.

The Head of State is also expected to hold talks with European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer on the bank's activities in Tunisia and the financing of vital projects such as infrastructure, education and health.

The visit is geared towards fostering economic development through the boosting of cooperation in various fields, including job creation, scientific and technological research, the green economy and renewable energy.

On the occasion of his visit to Brussels, the Head of State will preside over the establishment of the group of Tunisia's friends in the European Parliament, which includes MPs representing various political blocs.

According to a press note sent to journalists, the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2015 helped considerably increase the EU's financial support to Tunisia to reach €300 million per year between 2017 and 2019. This support was added to funding of projects and programmes in the economy's various key sectors.

Tunisia also has access to credit lines at preferential rates both as part of macro-financial assistance and within the framework of its cooperation with European institutions (European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), according to the same source.

On June 1, the EU announced that it had disburded €300 million in macro-financial assistance to Tunisia.

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