Press release: Democratic transition, migration: MEPs debated with Prime Minister of Tunisia
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Press release: Democratic transition, migration: MEPs debated with Prime Minister of Tunisia

Democratic stability, illegal migration and coming local elections in Tunisia were debated by Foreign Affairs MEPs with Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, on Tuesday.

Tunisian democratic stability, its transitional justice process, the economic development of the country, as well as illegal migration, security threats and the EU Commission’s black list of countries exposed to money laundering were among the topics discussed by Foreign Affairs MEPs and the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Youssef Chahed, on Tuesday morning.

MEPs confirmed the European Parliament decision to send a delegation to observe Tunisian municipal elections which will take place on 6 May 2018, after a 2-year delay. „Sending this election monitoring delegation is a testament to the importance that we attach to the democratic process in Tunisia, said Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, David McAllister (EPP, DE) adding that „it is out of the norm for Parliament to observe local elections in a country“.

„Tunisia is going through a delicate period; we are asking for the support of the European Union. This is not only an economic matter but also a strategic geopolitical issue“, said Youssef Chahed, the Prime Minister of Tunisia, to Foreign Affairs MEPs.

You can watch the debate and the committee meeting through Video on Demand.