Sumario: September 22, 2003: Further €50 million for Afghanistan : EU pledge at Afghanistan Donors Conference in Dubai (Brussels)
At the Afghanistan donors meeting in Dubai 21st September, the European Commission announced its intention to make a further €50 million available to the country, in particular, to promote security in Afghanistan.
The donors meeting was held in the margins of the IMF/ WB annual meetings, and was chaired by the Afghan Transitional Authority. Security is the single biggest challenge facing Afghanistan today, and the current difficulties impact on both physical and political reconstruction.
The Commission will propose a package of €50 million to support the Afghan police. This would enhance the sizeable contribution already made by EU Member States to security through providing troops to ISAF; through Provincial Reconstruction Teams; and through their contribution to training the Afghan National Army.
The €50 million package is proposed in addition to the €400 million already committed to reconstruction in 2003-04.