European Commission chiefs off to AU Sirte summit

Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Commission President José Manuel Durao Barroso, and the Commissioner in charge of Development and Humanitarian Assistance, Louis Michel, left Brussels Sunday for the African Union (AU) summit opening in the Libyan city of Sirte Monday.
EU sources said the two officials would present European planned aid package to Africa for the coming years.
But Barroso and Michel are expected to make only promises for financial assistance in Sirte, because of the failure by EU leaders at their 16 June meeting to approve the EU budget.
Meanwhile, the European Commission plans an ambitious programme for construction and major infrastructure development to boost the African economy.
The programme, which has earmarked the construction of seaports, bridges, roads, railway lines and other trans-African communication networks, was presented to the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré, during his recent visit to Brussels.
From Sirte, Barroso is expected to travel to the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, which also focusing on aid to Africa.

03 july 2005 19:07:00




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