brussels - The EU Member States have pledged to deposit 'sufficient' funds in the African Fund as soon as possible. That money is intended for investments in African countries to combat migration to the European Union. 'We should see concrete results in the coming weeks,' said EU president Donald Tusk.
The Africa Fund established in November 2015 was an idea of Chancellor Angela Merkel. It now contains 3.1 billion euros, largely from the European Commission. The Member States have not yet transferred more than 175 million euros. That's more than 50 million less than promised. The Netherlands supplies a relatively large contribution by about 15 million euros.
'Clearly not enough,' said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. According to Tusk, it is very important to help Italy reduce the refugee flow from Libya.