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EU financial support to Iraq's constitutional process

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, July 18, IRNA
The European Commission announced Monday that it is providing 20 million euro in support of the Iraqi constitutional process.

The funds will be channelled via the United Nations. The Commission, the EU's executive, will fund activities in the following areas:

* Provision of European experts to work with the Constitutional Committee of the Iraqi Transitional National Assembly and
with other institutions and actors in Iraq

* Media and Public Information

* Civic education and promotion of public debate, and
participation in the referendum
Just four weeks before the new Iraqi Constitution is due to be completed, international donors are meeting in Jordan Monday and Tuesday to discuss Iraqi reconstruction priorities.

The European Commission is attending the meeting to outline its continuing support for the political and economic reconstruction of the country.

The Commission's 200 million euro allocation for 2005 also covers support for basic services in the areas of basic education, health services and employment generation, technical assistance to the ministries of energy and transport and further assistance in the fields of democracy and human rights.

To date, the Commission's total contribution to the Iraqi reconstruction process amounts to more than half a billion euro.

EU Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner said: "It's crucial that preparations for the new Constitution should be transparent and inclusive, the EU package is designed to reach out to all communities."

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