The European Union (EU) is further determined to support Sri Lanka in its development efforts, European Union delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives ambassador Bernard Savage said.
He was speaking at the launch of the EU's latest development cooperation programme in Sri Lanka called European Union Support to Socio Economic Development (EUSEM ) aiming to support sustainable development of socio - economic measures in the North and East at the Galle Face Hotel yesterday.
Rs 2.4 billion has been allocated for this purpose and it basically targets its development activities in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi.
The programme will complement the national efforts in improving the living standards of livelihoods, local economy development and strengthen social services.
Activities aim to rehabilitate abandoned cultivation lands and irrigation tanks. This will offer free training for livelihood and enterprise related skills and establishment of micro-enterprise units.
In addition, the programme will carry out capacity development for promoting agriculture, dairy industry and the fisheries sector. People in the North and East will also be assisted to uplift health, education and water sanitation and hygiene.
The EU through its EU Assistance to Conflict Affected People (EU ACAP programme has funded around Rs 8 billion from 2009 to 2013. Most projects were concentrated on rehabilitation and resettlement of IDPs.
This newly launched programme is to be implemented in collaboration and dialogue with local communities.