Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini will be in Tunis to strenghten the relationship between Tunisia and the EU

March 30, 2015

Hat: Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini will be in Tunis to strenghten the relationship between Tunisia and the EU

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The President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs will be in Tunis on Tuesday 31 March in order to support Tunisia following the attacks of the Bardo Museum. They will take advantage of the opportunity to discuss the way the relationship between Tunisia and the EU could be deepened.


The joint visit is part of a regional tour by Donald Tusk to discuss regional stability, irregular migration and terrorist threats.

European Council President Donald Tusk and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will meet the President of the Republic Béji Caïd Essebsi, Prime Minister Habib Essid, and the President of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, Mohamed Ennaceur. They will also go to the Bardo Museum to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack of 18 March, which left 21 people dead and many injured.

This visit follows the European Councils in February and March 2015, when the Heads of State or Government agreed to step up the fight against terrorism and to commit further to contributing to a political solution in Libya.

The visit also follows High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini’s visit to Tunis on 13 February, and the EU-Tunisia Association Council of 17 March, which made it possible to address all the issues of the democratic transition in Tunisia, the socio-economic situation as well as the security challenges, in particular terrorism, which are faced both by Europe and by the countries of the Southern Mediterranean. On 17 March, the EU and Tunisia signed a Protocol on the participation of Tunisia in Union programmes.


The European Council of 20 March stated that the European Union and its Member States “will intensify cooperation with Tunisia to counter this common terrorist threat, to strengthen Tunisia’s promising democracy and to assist its economic and social development”.

Further to EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove’s visit to Tunis at the end of February, the EU is working with the Tunisian authorities to step up cooperation in the fight against the multiple aspects of terrorism, as part of its support for security sector reform and in accordance with the provisions of the new constitution as regards the rule of law and human rights.

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