EU Commits 281 Million Euro to Counter Drug Trafficking in Bolivia

By Dialogo
August 23, 2013

On August 21, the European Union destined 281 million Euro to Bolivia for 2014-2020, aimed at countering drug trafficking, building infrastructure and strengthening justice.

“We anticipate the approval of a new budget for the next seven years to 281 million Euro, representing a 17% increase compared to the last administration,” said Andris Piebalgs, European Union Commissioner, to the press at the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

With the support of a translator, Piebalgs, who is visiting Bolivia since August 19, confirmed that the aid will be directed to “three areas: raising the fight against drug trafficking to a more sophisticated level, the availability of infrastructure, and supporting justice.”

However, he stated that these priorities are part of the European organization’s main interest of combating poverty, which has had positive results in Bolivia.

The official’s visit aims to evaluate the different programs that President Evo Morales is developing with the European support.

Bolivian Minister of Planning Viviana Caro explained that “about 75% of the support” is budgetary, reflecting “trust in economic management, in the capability of sectors and institutions to carry out projects.”

He said that Bolivia is one of two countries that receive financial support from the EU in Latin America, and the country that receives the most funding, followed by Paraguay.