In its conclusions of 20 July 2015(1) the Council reiterated its commitment to further intensify its cooperation with Tunisia, through substantial technical and financial support, within an integrated approach designed to respond to the numerous challenges facing the country.
In the same conclusions the Council emphasised the importance of the proposals made by the High Representative to the Tunisian authorities for concrete actions on enhanced cooperation in the fight against terrorism and commended the positive and constructive discussions regarding the swift implementation of these actions between the Tunisian authorities and the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator (EU-CTC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) during their visit to Tunisia on 14 July.
In this context, a EUR 23 million EU project, which supports Tunisian security sector reform and also covers CT assistance, was adopted by the Commission on 30 July 2015 and will be launched shortly.
Moreover, Tunisia is benefiting from a number of regional CT capacity building assistance projects such as ‘Supporting rule-of-law-compliant investigations and prosecutions in the Maghreb region’ and ‘Global project on strengthening the legal regime against Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans’. Additional regional projects from which Tunisia will benefit are under preparation.
A package of measures designed to bolster Tunisia’s capacity to combat the threat from terrorism was discussed at the first upgraded and targeted CT and security dialogue meeting in Tunis on 21 September, which was attended by the EU CTC, the relevant services of the EEAS and European Commission, Europol and CEPOL. At the meeting, the EU and Tunisia agreed on a set of strategic principles for EU-Tunisia CT cooperation.