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Libyan Newswire

Answer – Aid to Libya – E-002220/2016

Following the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, a total amount of EUR 144.300.000 was committed from the European Union budget for Libya. In that context, EU cooperation policy was originally positioned to assist Libya to overcome the crisis in transition and establish a democratic, stable and prosperous state based on an inclusive approach, the emergence of strong, transparent and accountable institutions, an alert civil society and a vibrant private sector. Libyan partners were also benefitting from projects from the different thematic lines such as gender, civil society organisations and human rights.

Since the renewed outbreak of violence in mid-2014, EU activities have been re-oriented to address the most pressing needs of the Libyan population and most projects designed to support the Libyan Governmental institutions have inevitably been suspended. The EU stands ready to re-activate its institution building projects subject to a request from the new ‘Government of National Accord’.

Cooperation with Libya is mainly funded under the European Neighbourhood (ENI) and the Development Cooperation instruments. Since 2011, funding through those two instruments reached a total of EUR 99.7 million while the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace has funded additional projects for a total of EUR 35.85 million. In the case of humanitarian aid the amount of funding totals EUR 8.7 million for 2014 and 2015, and a further EUR 3.8 million earmarked for 2016, bringing the total to EUR 12.5 million since the conflict has resumed.