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Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will visit Egypt on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October. During the course of his visit he will meet key interlocutors of the country including the President of the Republic, the Ministers of International Cooperation, Electricity and Renewable Energy, as well as Trade and Industry. Commissioner Hahn will also meet representatives of the business community and civil society. The main purpose of the visit is to hold talks on focusing the EU-Egypt partnership on priority areas for co-operation, such as socio-economic development, jobs, migration, regional affairs and citizens' rights.
Commissioner Hahn will sign a €129 million package of financial measures supporting these goals. Ahead of the mission he said: "Egypt is a key partner in our neighbourhood. The EU has been deploying significant assistance and will continue to support Egypt's economy and social development. In particular, young Egyptians deserve to be offered better perspectives. We are already working on an "EU Facility for Inclusive Growth and Job Creation" to be launched next year. This programme, in coordination with EU Member States will leverage funds from the European Finance Institutions to create of a more conducive environment for domestic and international investments and foster job creation particularly among the youth."
(For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)