03 November 2017
European Parliament chief in Tunisia: Africa needs a 'Marshall Plan' to halt migration
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Tajani declared that such a plan should be financed by some 40 billion euros annually and said during a visit to Tunis:
"There is a need to try to understand why there are thousands, and soon millions of people that will leave their countries to come to yours or ours: climate change, desertification devouring agriculture, hunger, drought, war, poverty and demographic growth."
"Peace, stability and youth work. Principally in your country, to avoid the dream of finding work turning into a disappointment that pushes young people towards extremism or leaving the country. Both you and we must reduce youth unemployment. It is our priority."
Source: Tajani aboga en Túnez por un "plan Marshall" para África (Euroefe, link)
Terrorism was also high on Tajani's agenda. See: EU should cooperate with Tunisia in fights against terrorism, illegal immigration(Middle East Monitor, link):
"European Parliament Speaker Antonio Tajani yesterday proposed European police cooperate with Tunisia in the fields of fighting terrorism and illegal immigration.
Speaking at the Tunisian Parliament, Tajani said: I have come to propose negotiations between the European police and Tunisia in the field of combating terrorism by the end of this year.
Tunisia has a special place and an important role in combating terrorism, Tajani said, adding that terrorism cannot be defeated without great cooperation with Tunisia, whose security is associated with Europe security."
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