The EU today launched a fund for Africa with almost €2bn to combat the poverty and conflict driving migration to Europe.
The trust fund consists of €1.8bn put up by the European Commission, the EU executive and from the bloc’s central budget.
The Commission wants member states to match that, but few have pledged much so far.
The new money, which adds to some €20bn annually donated to Africa by the EU and its 28 states, will finance projects ranging from training and small-business grants and combating food shortages to schemes directly aimed at cutting migration and tackling radicalisation and other violence.
With Europeans’ attention now gripped by over half a million Syrians and others whose arrival has plunged the EU into crisis, memories have faded of the drowned Africans whose deaths in April prompted the Malta summit.
However, EU officials say that African migration presents the greater long-term concern.