Today, Sunday, Minister of Planning Khaled Battal Al-Najm signed 3 agreements with the European Union.
A ministry statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA) stated that "Iraq and the European Union have signed a new agreement and extended work with two other agreements, within the framework of joint cooperation between the two parties."
The statement added, "The Minister of Planning signed the three agreements, while on behalf of the European Union, the Union’s ambassador to Iraq, Martin Huth, signed it," indicating that "the new agreement includes providing financial support to Iraq, to confront the Corona pandemic, support socio-economic recovery, and build the state, from Through creating jobs, improving income, consolidating human rights, and returning displaced people to their areas.”
According to the statement, the Minister of Planning added that "it was agreed with the European Union to extend the work of the energy agreement that includes, working to modernize the energy sector, in cooperation with the World Bank, with the aim of carrying out reforms in the electricity and gas sectors," noting that "the second agreement was agreed upon. The extension of its work was in the field of supporting the economy and creating job opportunities, through the European Union’s contribution through UNESCO, to implement the project to revive the old city of Mosul. The agreement also includes improving the livelihoods of young people in Basra Governorate, through the implementation of a range of important projects.
For his part, the Ambassador of the European Union, Martin Huth, expressed his happiness at the signing of the agreements, indicating that "Iraq is one of the priority countries within the global response plan implemented by the Union in cooperation with the World Health Organization, for the period from 2019-2023," noting that "the Union contributes Also in developing the agricultural sector in the Nineveh Plains region, and facilitating the return of displaced persons, "pointing out that" the number of projects that the European Union is implementing to support development in Iraq amounted to (69) projects during the period from 2016 to 2024.