Europe hands 120 million euros to SA primary schools

2010-09-29 08:08

Brussels, Belgium – Europe has pledged 120 million euros (R1.1 billion) to help South African primary school children during a one-day European Union-South Africa summit that tackled a gamut of global and regional issues.

President Jacob Zuma said yesterday that the grant was “the single largest cooperation agreement” between South Africa and the EU.

The third summit between the two, held in the EU capital before Zuma embarked on an official visit to Belgium, covered what EU President Herman Van Rompuy dubbed “a very rich agenda” ranging from global to bilateral themes.

On the global agenda, the two sides exchanged views on the upcoming G20 summit in Seoul, including governance reform of the International Monetary Fund, and climate change ahead of talks in Mexico and in South Africa.

An EU-Africa summit scheduled for November was also on the table, including the thorny question of rights impunity as well as transition in Sudan and EU readiness to reassess sanctions against Zimbabwe.

Zuma, whose country is the EU’s largest investment and trade partner in Africa, said the 27-nation bloc was “a valuable partner in addressing issues in Africa”.

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