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EU funding in PH up to 325 million euros, Bangsamoro region to get bigger share

/ 01:05 PM January 13, 2015
Incoming European Council President Donald Tusk listens to an introduction during a handover ceremony for the European Council Presidency at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Poland’s former prime minister Donald Tusk is pushing the EU’s center of political gravity eastward by taking over the EU Presidency from Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy. Monday’s transition ceremony highlighted the increasing power of Poland within the 28-nation EU and further shift from a west European economic association to a strong political body uniting some 500 million people from Britain to the borders of Russia in the east. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Incoming European Council President Donald Tusk listens to an introduction during a handover ceremony for the European Council Presidency at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. The 28-nation EU says it will more than double its development aide to the Philippines over the next six years. AP

MANILA, Philippines–The European Union (EU) announced Tuesday that it will increase its financial development assistance in the Philippines from 130 million euros to 325 million euros.

The Bangsamoro region will receive a higher proportion of assistance compared with other areas in the country.

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“The significant increase in aid has been granted in the context of the progressive improvement of governance under the current administration,” EU ambassador Guy Ledoux said in a press briefing.

“Emphasis will be on achieving concrete results and maximizing the impact of the EU funding provided to the benefit of Filipinos across the country,” he said.

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The development of the Bangsamoro region will become a major funding priority of the EU, Ledoux said.

Ledoux and Rolando Tungapalan, deputy director general of National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), signed the 2015 Joint EU-Philippines Development Report which details the priority projects that will be funded.

EU provided a total of 130 million euros in grant assistance from 2007 to 2013.

Several EU member states will also be providing official development assistance on top of the assistance from the EU commission through their respective bilateral agreements.

Originally posted: 11:27 AM | Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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