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The European Union and Tunisia: political agreement on a comprehensive partnership package including green energy transition

On 16th of July, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, in a Team Europe spirit, alongside the President of Tunisia, Kaïs Saied have agreed to implement the comprehensive partnership package announced jointly on 11th June 2023. And they witnessed the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding by Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and Secretary of State of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Mounir Ben Rjiba.

In a press statement by president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, talking about the fourth point of the signed MOU:

“… This brings me to my fourth point. Tunisia has a huge potential for renewables. This is well known. It needs to develop this sector. And we are reliable suppliers of technology that is necessary, and we know that Europe needs reliable supply of clean energy. So, as we are decarbonising our economies, and for that, we need clean energy sources – like for example green hydrogen – and electricity produced from renewables. So, it is a win-win situation. It is in both our shared interest. We are already working on several projects, like ELMED, the undersea cable linking Tunisia to Italy, bringing electricity to Europe. Here, we are investing over EUR 300 million in this project. And this is just the beginning. We will conclude with Tunisia a strategic partnership on energy to accelerate the energy transition and create good jobs locally. The aim is to improve security of supply and to provide both our people and our companies clean energy at affordable prices….”