Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported that the Tunisian Minister of Social Affairs, Malek Ezzahi, yesterday denied reports that the European Union had threatened to impose economic sanctions on the North African state.
TAP quoted Ezzahi as saying that he had met with Marcus Cornaro, head of the EU delegation in Tunisia, last week and he confirmed that the EU would continue to support Tunisia during this stage.
Earlier this month, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, revealed during an interview with TV5 that the bloc is reviewing proposals to stop financial aid to Tunisia.
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“We strongly demand a return to the normal democratic situation.” He was also reported to have said that the EU is in the process of taking a decision to stop the disbursement of parts of the financial aid that has been scheduled to Tunisia.
Borrell explained that the matter is not related to sanctions, stressing that the disbursement of funds that go directly to the citizens will continue and that discussions are related to stopping the disbursement of “important” financial aid. MEMO