European Commission – Press Release
Juba/Brussels, 30 May 2019
European Union approves €30 million for South Sudan
The European Union has approved 30 million Euros to support ongoing efforts to help the most vulnerable people in South Sudan. This is part of the Commission's seven adopted new programmes and additional funds for Horn of Africa, worth €99.5 million.
The new funds for South Sudan are for increased access to primary and secondary education for children in remote areas (€15 million) and access to health services, including nutrition services, especially for pregnant women and children under five (€15 million).
"The Horn of Africa has an unprecedented opportunity to shore up peace and stability throughout the region. The nearly €100 million we have approved will support vulnerable communities, contributing therefore directly to that peace and stability," said Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica.
The European Union Ambassador to South Sudan Dr Sinead Walsh welcomed the announcement of the new funds. "The EU supports health and education because we believe these are crucial to the future of the peace process and to develop opportunities for a better future whereby citizens of South Sudan can overcome inequalities, poverty and deprivation of fundamental rights," she said.
The other countries to benefit from this allocation for Horn of Africa are Sudan, (Darfur region), Ethiopia (Gambella region) and the Great Lakes region covering Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was established in 2015 to address the root causes of instability, irregular migration and forced displacement. EU institutions, EU Member States and other donors have so far allocated €4.2 billion to the Trust Fund. With these seven new programmes, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa counts 200 approved programmes, worth nearly €4 billion, across the three regions (the North of Africa, the Sahel and Lake Chad region and the Horn of Africa). This funding is divided up as follows: North of Africa, €0.6 billion (21 programmes), Sahel/Lake Chad, €1.9 billion (97 programmes), and Horn of Africa, €1.4 billion (77 programmes). There are also five cross-regional programmes.