East Timor: EU announces 63 million euros aid package

26 November 2007

Dili, East Timor, 26 Nov – The European Union’s latest development aid package to Timor will be worth 63 million euros, European Commission chief José Manuel Barroso said Saturday in Dili.

“We will continue to support rural development, health and also the institutional strengthening of parliament and judicial power,” Barroso told Timorese lawmakers and the Dili government.

He also announced that the EC will open an office in Dili in January, 2008.

The EC’s Dili mission will be housed in the Casa da Europa building, which was formally handed over to the EU by President José Ramos Horta following a contract signing ceremony led by Timorese Justice Minster Lúcia Lobato.

Addressing Timor’s national legislature, Barroso stressed the importance of reforming Timor’s security sector, creation of jobs, the re-launching of the economy and the “urgent” resolution refugee problem resulting from the 2006 crisis. (macauhub)