A progress report on the state of EU-Tunisia relations published by European Commission and European External Action Service ahead of the May 15 EU-Tunisia Association Council in Brussels, Belgium, highlighted intense high-level exchanges, dialogue and cooperation.
These were on key issues including youth employability and reforms, consolidating democracy and promoting good governance in which Tunisian civil society continues to play a central role, the response to common security challenges and the coordinated management of migration.
Federica Mogherini, vice-president, European Commission, elaborated, “The European Union and Tunisia are natural partners on account of their geographical, cultural and commercial links.
“We are eager to deepen our Privileged Partnership, and the EU remains committed to a democratic, strong and prosperous Tunisia. Our efforts are focused in particular on the aspirations of Tunisia's young people, for whose benefit we launched a Partnership for Youth in 2016, which we are in the process of strengthening.”