EU Envoy pledges support to youth employment

Friday, May 11, 2018

In marking the Europe Day in The Gambia, the EU Ambassador Atila Lajos has pledged the commitment of Europe to creating employment for Gambian youths and the most vulnerable groups of the population.

In a statement delivered at the cocktail reception he hosted with his wife at a local hotel, Ambassador Lajos said they will support Gambia achieve such a development objective by boosting investment and improving skills and potentials and addressing the root causes of migration.

“The EU is already engaged in a vast number of activities in The Gambia, which are in line with the National Development Plan of this country. Our strategic objectives in the current (11th European Development Fund’s) National Indicative Programme, running until 2020,” he told citizens and friends of Europe gathered at the reception.

One of the engagements of the EU in The Gambia is to help stabilise the economic, social and security situation of the country, to support the democratic transition, he noted.

In order to achieve the two strategic objectives, he said the EU’s priorities have been based on three sectors, in line with the new European consensus on development: Governance/ Rule of law/Security; Inclusive Sustainable Growth and Job Creation; and, Renewable Energy/Climate Change/Infrastructures.

“To achieve these objectives, you may recall, in February 2017 during Commissioner Mimica’s visit to The Gambia the EU signed an initial financial envelop amounting to 75 MEUR and pledged an additional 150 MEUR assistance package,” he informed the audience.

Europe Day

The 9th of May signifies a day to celebrate peace and unity in Europe: it marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman Declaration’.

At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production which came to fruition a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

“The European Union can be proud of the cooperation it has established among its Member States, but we are also very proud of the cooperation the EU and its Member States have jointly built up with external partners around the world,” Ambassador Lajos said, noting that there are now EU Delegations present in 139 countries worldwide, including in The Gambia.

“For us, the annual celebration of Europe Day would therefore not be complete without also celebrating our EU-The Gambia partnership,” he maintained. 

Author: Sanna Camara
Source: Picture: EU Ambassador Atila Lajos