Leaders of the 27-member European Union who begin their formal summit here Thursday evening are expected to call for rapid development of a new partnership with the countries of the southern Mediterranean.
According to draft conclusions, seen by KUNA, which are expected to be endorsed by the EU leaders at the end of their 2-day summit on Friday, the EU will step up its humanitarian assistance in the region.
The leaders call for the ceiling of the European Investment Bank operation for Mediterranean countries “undertaking political reform to be increased by one billion euro.”
The EU leaders call on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to extend its activities to countries in the southern Mediterranean also.
“The EU will continue its dialogue with the countries of the region concerned on financial and technical support to improve the control and management of borders and measures to facilitate the return of migrants to their countries of origin,” notes the draft text.
Three main issues are on the agenda of the EU-summit, economic situation in Europe, developments in Libya and North Africa , and Japan.