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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
E-000972/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000972/2019

The EU Sahel Strategy is not budgeted as such in the current and previous Multiannual Financial Frameworks (MFF).

Nevertheless, the EU development assistance support to the G5 Sahel countries(1) is substantial (around EUR 4 billion provided over the period 2014-2020, including EUR 1.7 billion in budget support(2)). This amount includes EUR 2.7 billion provided under the European Development Fund (EDF) and EUR 1.15 billion under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (plus EUR 400 million in Blending). Both are extra-budgetary instruments managed by the European Commission. EUR 153.85 million were also mobilised as part of the budget under the Instrument for Stability (IFS)/Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) between 2011 and 2019.

In addition, the EU deploys three missions in the Sahel under the Common Security and Defence Policy. Two of them are funded under the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) budget: the EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) in Mali, launched in 2014, with a current budget of EUR 68.1 million for its ongoing mandate (2019-2021); EUCAP Sahel Niger, launched in 2012, with a budget of EUR 64.3 million for its ongoing mandate (2018-2020) The EU Military Training Mission in Mali was also funded on an intergovernmental basis by participating Member States out of a yearly budget of about EUR 100 million annually since 2013.

Finally, EU Member States also contributed to the operationalisation of the G5 Sahel Joint Force with a total of about EUR 47 million. These bilateral contributions came in addition to the EUR 100 million provided by the EU from the EDF under the African Peace Facility (action programme 2017-18), since the Joint Force was launched in 2017, out of the total amount of EUR 423 million in pledges announced during the international donors pledging session of the High Level Conference on Sahel in Brussels on 23 February 2018(3).

(1)Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/news-and-events/eu-steps-support-development-sahel_en
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/news/conference-internationale-de-haut-niveau-sur-le-sahel-2018-feb-23_en

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