TUNIS – The European Union intends to allocate 40 billion euros towards Africa in its next budget, said European Parliament President Antonio Tajani on October 31, 2017.
He spoke at a press conference following his speech at the Tunisian Parliament in Bardo Palace, and emphasised how Tunisia will benefit from the budget increase.
He said development opportunities and investment in Africa are essential in the fight against undocumented migration to Europe, above and beyond strengthening border controls.
“We need 40 billion euros to generate 400 billion euros of leverage,” Tajani said, adding that the 3.7 billion euros allocated in the current budget aren’t enough.
“Words won’t convince migrants to stay at home. We must give them a chance to have a decent life,” he said.