The EU is providing aid worth €213.5 million to Tunisia for reforms and funding social infrastructure

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: ‘At the TUNISIA 2020 international conference which I attended I was able to announce that the European Union is committed to continuing to support Tunisia to ensure the transition to democracy and guarantee socioeconomic development for all its citizens. The action programme which we are adopting for 2016 demonstrates our desire to contribute immediately to improving the living conditions of Tunisia’s people. Our efforts this year will focus primarily on social infrastructure, standards of basic services in the most…

Ben Achour library shelters rare manuscripts nowhere to be found

I have had the good opportunity to pay a visit to Ben Achour’s library located in a beautiful family mansion in the suburb of “La Marsa”. It is a real beacon of light and science under the sky of Tunisia. This library considered as one of the rich libraries in the Arab and Islamic world, is related to a great story of a famous family whose members are known by their deep culture and their commitments for literature, science and research. When you stand still for a while at the…

Tunisia makes contact with Libya to free detained sailors

Tunisian authorities said they had received sufficient assurances from their Libyan counterparts to address and speed up the process of the Tunisian sailors detained in Libya. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry stated via its official website that they are continuing to coordinate with the Libyan authorities at the highest level to proceed with the release of their boats and crew. They also confirmed that all sailors are safe and are being treated well, adding that the Ministry is making all efforts to ensure that the sailors return on board their boats…

Training Workshop to Boost Tunisia’s Maritime Security Legislation

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is assisting Tunisia with the development of its maritime security legislation with a training workshop, taking place in the country’s capital of Tunis (30 November – 1 December). Participating in the event are Tunisian Government officials, particularly legal experts responsible for implementing security measures set out in the IMO instruments SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. In reviewing the current legislation in place, participants are able to identify specific areas of concern and consider legislative or regulatory strategies to…

Tunisia breaks up 160 militant cells in first 10 months of 2016: ministry

Tunisian security forces dismantled 160 jihadist cells in the first 10 months of this year, about 45 percent more than during the whole of 2015, the interior ministry said on Friday. Tunisia has been the only Arab state to achieve a relatively peaceful democratic transition since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 but has struggled to contain Islamist militancy, partly because of a spillover of instability from neighboring Libya. An interior ministry statement said the number of terrorism suspects arrested between January and October this year was 850, compared with…

EU reiterates determination to assist and support Tunisia’s efforts to address its security, economic and social challenges

This first visit of a Tunisian President to the institutions of the European Union comes as we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Cooperation Agreement. Our meetings demonstrate, at the highest level, our commitment to taking our strategic relationship a step further, and at the same time reflect the strength of the ties that unite us and the Tunisian democratic exception in the neighbourhood. Since the Tunisian revolution in 2011, the European Union has made support for the fledgling democracy one of the priorities of its external policy.…

“Tunisia 2020”, a great success (EU)

The European Union (EU) welcomed, on Thursday, the measures announced at the investment conference (Tunisia 2010), affirming the determination to support the dynamics unleashed by this international meeting and to ensure the implementation of the Commitments made. “The first visit by a Tunisian President to European Union institutions comes at a time when we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first co-operation agreement signed in 1976. Our meetings demonstrate at the highest level our determination to take a new step within the framework of a strategic relationship, the EU…

Tunisia reports H5 bird flu in wild birds: OIE

Tunisia has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus among wild birds in the north of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing information from the Tunisian agriculture ministry. The outbreak was confirmed after testing of 30 wild birds found dead last month in the Ichkeul Natural Park, it said. “Tunisia is located in the main migratory corridor for wild birds going to Africa from Europe during winter migration. Migration is ongoing and this viral strain must have been carried…

Beji Caid Essebsi visits Brussels seeking support to country’s fragile economy

Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi has come to Brussels to meet EU officials, as he seeks to boost security and shore up the country’s fragile economy, six years after the Arab Spring uprising. He called, Thursday, from the rostrum of the European Parliament in Brussels, for the need to build a strong and prosperous relation between Tunisia and Europe. “The democratic experience which has made important steps is still vulnerable…The Tunisian exception needs more than ever a strong support from European partners since the success of the Tunisian democracy is…

The Carthage Agreement Under Scrutiny

Tunisia’s national unity government symbolizes political elites’ willingness to cooperate, but their fragile compromise poses risks to the democratic process. In summer 2016, President Beji Caid Essebsi oversaw a process to produce a “government of national unity” that would, it was hoped, stabilize Tunisia. This process was formalized in July 2016 through the Carthage Agreement. It had its first tangible effects on July 30, when Prime Minister Habib Essid asked the parliament for a vote of confidence, which failed, leading to his dismissal and replacement by Youssef Chahed. On August…