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The Maghreb

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

8. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with EU colleagues on ways of strengthening civil society in the countries of the Maghreb. (182977)

I have not had direct discussions with EU counterparts about strengthening Maghreb civil society. I am aware of my hon. Friend's considerable and active interest in the region. DFID supports the Maghreb countries through significant multilateral contributions: support to Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco amounted to over £40 million in 2005. Working closely with the FCO, we encourage the European Commission to engage civil society in its policies and programmes.