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€20m EU finance for roads linking Eritrea ports – Ethiopian borders

The European Union, EU, has announced a €20 million programme to build roads linking Eritrea’s port cities and the Ethiopian border, a top official announced today. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica arrived in

The European Union, EU, has announced a €20 million programme to build roads linking Eritrea’s port cities and the Ethiopian border, a top official announced today.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica arrived in Eritrea today, where he launched the project meant to rebuild the road connection between the two neighbours.

During his visit, Mimica met with the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki to discuss the situation in the region and explore ways for the EU and Eritrea to step up political relations and dialogue on matters of concern to both sides.

In an official statement, Commissioner Mimica said: “The European Union is committed to support Eritrea and Ethiopia in delivering their historic peace agreement, which ended twenty years of conflict.

“To back this, we are launching a €20 million programme to rebuild the roads connecting both countries. This will boost trade, consolidate stability, and have clear benefits for the citizens of both countries through the creation of sustainable growth and jobs.”

The new project will be financed through the EU Trust Fund for Africa and through the United Nation’s Office for Project Services (UNOPS). It will rehabilitate road connections between the Ethiopian border and Eritrean ports to boost trade and create jobs.

This is the first phase of a broader support to Eritrea, which is planned to scale up later this year.

This co-operation is part of the EU’s new dual track approach of strengthening political dialogue with Eritrea, notably encouraging political and economic reforms and improvement of human rights, as well as pursuing development cooperation to tackle root causes of poverty, and to reinforce the peace agreement and economic integration.


In July last year, Eritrea and Ethiopia signed an historic peace agreement ending 20 years of conflict. This provides a major opportunity for economic development and stability in the region.

The rapprochement has already yielded benefits for the Eritrean population, with re-opened borders, resumed communication and the reduction in the price of basic commodities.

One of the commitments of the peace agreement is that ‘transport, trade and communications links between the two countries will resume’.

To achieve this requires rehabilitating the main arterial roads between the Ethiopian border and the Eritrean port of Massawa, which is the focus of this road project.

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  • Asmara Eritrea February 9, 2019

    It is an absolute tragedy to see hard earned taxpayers’ money used to keep a monster in power. My income and corporation tax going down a S… hole! This is one of the rare occasions when I am tempted to be a Brexiter.

    Eritrea forever, death to dictatorship.

    • bardavidi February 12, 2019

      This will out last DIA and would eventually be crucial to the Free Trade and Democratic development for both nations……….What Isaias fears is peace time engagement and now has no way to back up …………..He knows how to thrive in Terror and Turmoil but not in peace …………..That is the Greater agenda behind the Scene……………Selah

  • ኢዛና ኣፅብሃ February 10, 2019

    asmara eritrea
    I think the fix has been in long time. europeans & soecially america never wanted eritrea to be separated from ethiopia. in 1991 it is because they failed to convince weyane to deny eritrea refferendum. weyane refused ,not because for principle but because they had an agenda of disintegrating ethiopia and build their own nation & tigray tigrinyi in the long run. What the west wants the west gets. Isaias does not want eritrea seceding from ethiopia so he is doing the bidding for the west ,although that also has been isaias agenda on his even if isaias is toppled america & the west will always frustrate eritreas stability unless united with ethiopia. a good example would be palestine.
    the 20 million euro is continue with your unification with ethiopia presidenr isaias.

  • NATIONALIST February 10, 2019

    This encourages the diktator to continue distroying our country .

  • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ February 11, 2019

    ኢዛና ኣጽብሃ
    እመን ኣይትእመን ብቕድሚ ትማሊ ሰይቲ ዓርክና ካብ ዓዲ ተመሊሳ , ትማሊ ክንበጽሖም ኬድና፠ እዛ ሰብ እዚኣ በቦኣ ዞባ ደቡብ ከባቢ ዓዲ ቐይሕ በዲኣ ዞባ ማእከል ካርነሽም ብዓል ቤታ ድማ ዓዲ ባና ምስ መንደፈራ ዝጠበቐት እያ፠ካብ ኩለን ኣውራጃታት ትግርኛ ገለ ገጠራትን ከተማታትን በጺሓተን እያ፠ ብዓል ቤታ ብጉዳይ ሃገርና ተስፋ ካብ ዝቖርጽ ሾሞንተ ዓመታት ሓሊፉ፠ንሳ ግን መንግስቲ ኤርትራ እኳ እንተዘይደገፈት ሕኑን ተስፋ ዘይቆረጸ ; ሃገር ሓደ ጊዜ ክትልዓል እያ ዝብል ዓቢ ሃልሃልታ ኔርዋ፠ሕጂ ግን እንዳቡኣን እንዳሰብኣያን ምስ ከደት ደንጽዩዋ(shock) ኮይና ተመሊሳ፠ ገዛእ ቃላታ ብዘይምውሳኽ ክጽሕፈልኩም ”””’ ” እቲ ዝተቓለሰ ሞራሉ ወዲቑ ጉዳይ ቃልሲ ይኹን ጉዳይ ሃገር ከልዕል ዘይደሊ; እቲ መንእሰይ ብኸመይ ሃገር ገዲፉ ክወጽእ እንተዘይኮይኑ ክንዲ ምሊን ትኸውን ሃገራዊ ስምዒት የብሉን; ካብተን ኣዴታት ኣሪገን እተን ደቀን ዝተሰውኡ ይገዳ እዋን ምድማር ዝተቐበላን ብሕሱር እኽሊ ኣምላኸንን ዶክተር ኣቢይን ዘመስግና ዘለዋ; ኣሕዋትን ኣሓትን ተጋደልቲ 50=60 ዝዓመቶም ጥዕና ጥራይ ኢሎም ኣብ መስተ ዝተኣልኩ እዮም፠ካብ ቀረባ ኣዝማዳ ሓሙሽተ ኣዋልድን ሰለስተ ኣወዳትን ባዕሎም ስድርኦም ንትግራይ ከም ዘሰነይዎም ; እሞ ደቀይ ከምቲ ንሕና ዝተጋገናዮ ዓጋመ ትብል ጸርፊ ካብ ኣፍኩም ከይወጽእ ኢሎም ኣድራሻ ወጻኢ ዘለዉ ኣዝማዶም ሂቦም ከም ዝሰደድዎም;ኣሕዋተይ እቲ ኣባና ዝነበረ ውዕዉዕ ሃገራውነት ሞይቱ እዩ” ካብቲ ዝበለቶ ብሓጺሩን ብዘይ ሓንቲ ቓል የስፍረልኩም ኣለኹ፠ ካብቲ ምስቲ ኢዛና ዝበሎ ዝጋጠም ግን ብዙሓት ምሁራት ዝረኸበቶም ኣሜሪካን ምዕራብን ዘይተቐበልኦ ጉዳይ ነጻነት ኤርትራ ከም ጉዳይ ፍልስጢኤም እዩ ኢሎም ምባላ እዩ፠ብዙሕ ተስፋ ዘቑሩጹ ነገራት እኳ እንተበለት እውን ናይ ተጋዳሊት ነበር ጉዳይ “ድሓን ኤረይ ሞይታ ኣይትመውትን እያ እዚ ኹሉ ገቢርናስ ;ህዝቢ ናብ ልቡ ምስ ተመልሰ ዲሞክራስያዊ ስርዓት ክተክል እዩ በለት፠ እቶም ምሳይ ዝኸዱ እውን ተስፋ ምቑራጾም ኣመቱ፠ ኣነ ግን ድሓን ህዝቢ ዝደለዮ ይኹን በልኩ,ካልእና ኣዕሊልና ገገዛና ኣተና፠
    እዚ ናይ ብሓቂ ተጋጥሞ እዩ ሓደራኹም ካልኦት ምስ ስድራኹም ዘዕለልኩም ሓቀኛ ሓበሬታ ሃቡና ድሌት ህዝብና ክንፈልጥ፠

    • Danilo February 11, 2019

      ኩቡር ሓው፡ንፋለጥ’ም ንማለጥ ዝብሉ ፈሊጣውያን ብሙሩጽ ቃላት ደርጟዕዕ…ዘብሉ ከምዚ ኸማኻ ስዋ ኣደይ ፈጸጉ ንመንሃርይ ሑንቁሊቢቶ ቡቁዕ ኣይኮነን።

      • k.tewolde February 12, 2019

        Danilo,what an appropriate answer for the story teller,he keeps on harping on his capitulationist agenda relentlessly,he knows how to paint a picture of desperation,the tyrant have molded all kinds of models in his tenure,this happen to be one–“ንፋለጥ’ም ንማለጥ”,Yes indeed.

        • Bini February 12, 2019

          What is your fiction story then? You don’t make any sense in your blah, blahs.

          • Danilo February 12, 2019

            Bini,ብፍቶት ይኹን ብዘይ ፍቶት ኣብ ምድ-ረሓበሻ ዝነገሰ ንጉሰይ ይበሃል እዩ።ባንጻሩ፡ንጉስ ዛመነን ማይ ዝሓቆነን ሓደ ‘ውን ይብሃል እዩ።እቲ ንዓይ ዝሕርብተኒ ቢሂል ግን፡”ዝበረቀ ጽሓየይ “እዩ።ግን፡ወግዋጎ ጽሓይ፡ዳርጋ ጽሓይ! ዳርጋ ጸላም እውን ዘስምዕ እዮ።therfore, the true bla bla. Brother, if you say ዝነገሰ ንጉሰይ simply ‘we could have a deal for genuine argument.

  • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ February 12, 2019

    Danilo ,
    ኣነ ርእይቶ ህዝብናን ወድዓዊ ኩነታትን እየ ዘምጻእኩ; ብጭራሽ ኢትዮጵያ ይኹን ካልእ ንጉስ መጺኡ ኤርትራ ክጎብጥ ድሓን ዝነገሰ ንጉሰይ እዩ ኣይበልኩን፠ ነዚ ካብ ህዝብና ዝርእዮ ዘለኹ ብተግባር ይኹን ብምሕካል (absence) እየ ዝሕብር ዘለኹ፠ ንኣብነት ሓንቲ ጓል ኣፍቃሪትካ ክትከውን ትቖጽራ እሞ ካብ 12 ጊዜ ቆጸራ ትጠልመካ; ኣብዚ, ኣፋ ዘይኮነ ተግባራ እዩ ዝዛረብ ዘሎ ፠ እዛ ሰብ እዚኣ ኣይትደልየካን እያ እንተተብሃልካ ; ኖእ እደልየካ እየ ኢላትንስ ቆጺራትኒ ኸማን ክትብል ኣይትኽእልን ኢኻ፠
    ሃገር ኣብ ደንደስ መሊኣ ኽትድመር እያ ዘላ፠
    eg. *1) ኣቢይ ኣሕመድ ኢትዮጵያ ብቐሊሉ ስለዘይተሰርሐት ብቐሊሉ ትባታተን እያ ኢሉ ዝሓስብ እንተሎ ብጣዕሚ ተጋግዩ ኣሎ ኢትዮጵያ ኣንኳይዶ ክትባታተንሲ እቶም ገዲፎማ ዝኸዱ እውን ናይ ጊዜ ጉዳይ እዩ እምበር ከም ዝምለሱ ጥርጥር የብለይን ኢሉ; ካብ መንግስቲ ይኹን ህዝቢ ዝመለሰሉ የለን ብጀካ ሰለስተ ኣረጋውያን ተጋደልቲ ተሓኤ ዝነበሩ ኣብ ፌስ ቡክ እንተዘይኮይኑ፠
    2) ካርታ ኢትዮጵያ ኤርትራ ዝሓወሰት ኣብ ዱባይን ኢትዮጵያን ጥራይ ዘይኮነ ኣብ ኤምባሲ ኢትዮጵያ ዓዲ እንግሊዝ ተለጢፋ ሓዲራ ; ድሓር ናይ ኣምስሉ “ተጋጊና ኔርና” ኢሎም ኣውሪዶማ……ዝገደደ ድማ መንግስታዊ ጽሓፊ ኣሜሪካ ማይክ ፖምፔይ (Mike pompei) ኣብ ትዊተር ብዛዕባ ቬኔዝዌላ ክዛረብ ዘሰነዮ ካርታ ኤርትራ ኣካል ኢትዮጵየ ጌሩ ዘውጽኦ እዩ፠ ካብ መንግስትና ይኹን ህዝብና ምንም ዝበለ የለን፠
    3) ኢሳያስ ሓደ ህዝቢ ኢና ዶብ ኣየድልየናን እዩ ክብል ከሎ ,ንኣቢይ ወክለና ስልጣነይ ሂበካ ኣለኹ ክብሎ ኸሎ ምዓስ ተስካር እንዳ ሸቃ መሃንዘል ኮይኑ፠ ኣብ ግምባራትና ካርታ ኢትዮጵያ እንተዝጥቅዓና እውን ምንም ኣይምበልናን፠
    4) እታ ዝዓበየት ድማ ;ልዕልና ሃገር ይጠፍእ ስለዘሎ ትማሊ ዓቢ ሰላማዊ ሰልፊ ኣብ ዋሺንግተን ተጸዊዑ ዝተረኽቡ ሰባት ሓንቲ ጋንታ ኩዕሶ እግሪ ዝኾኑ እዮም፠መብዛሕትኡ ኤርትራዊ ዘዋር ታክሲ ሓለቓ ነብሱ እዩ ፠ እንታይ ኮይኑ ዘይተረኽበ ??? ልዕሊ ኹሉ ሃገር ደይኮነን ?
    ነዚ ባዕለይ ኣይምልሶን እየ ባዕልኻ ኣረድኣና ,ካብዚ ኹነታት እንታይ ድሌት ህዝቢ ከም ትርዳእ፠ K.Tewolde ንዓይ ስለዝመለስካለይ ኣድኒቑካ; ምንም እኳ እቲ ናትካ መልሲ ዘይኮነ ምድሃል እንተነበረ ፠ ሕጂ ግን በጃኻ ንተኸታታሊ ኣሰናን ብሰፊሑ ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ግለጸሉ ንምንታይ ህዝብና ክድመር ይመርጽ ኣሎ ፠ ወይሲ ንህዝብና ናይ 28 ዓመት በዓልቲ ቤትካ ዋላ ተጻራፊት; ደቃ ትድግድግ;ዘይትኣማኒት,ሰኺራ ዕርቃና ትወጽእ ወዘተ ትኹን ቅድሚ 28 ዓመት ስለዝመረጽካያ ፈቲሕካያ ካልእ ኣይትምርዖን ኢኻ ክትብሎ ኢኻ፠ እቶም ዝወደቑልና እኮ ብነጻነት ድሌትና ክንመርጽ እዩ፠
    ዲሞክራሲ ዋላ ደም እናጥዓመካ ትቕበሎ እዩ፠
    ከም ህዝቢ መግለጺኻ ንጽበ

    • k.tewolde February 13, 2019

      “ከም ህዝቢ መግለጺኻ ንጽበ” First you are not hizbi and your view doesn’t represent hizbi,that is why I said speak for yourself,that is democracy!.When characters like your boss in adi halo started speaking on behalf of the people is when things turned upside down,that is when democracy tasted like blood as you said,its polar opposite– autocracy.Let me make myself clear,this answer is for you,specifically you.I hope it satisfies your insatiable urge for capitulation.Eritrean nationalism is deeper than the ocean floor,it will take more than your attempt to scoop it one spoon at a time.keep trying aditekelezan.

      • k.tewolde February 13, 2019

        I mean Zibereqe!

        • Haregot February 13, 2019

          You are NOT fit person to clean/shine Aditekelezan shoes.
          Do you bloody think you represent hizbi the people of Eritrea?
          Hizbi Eritrea doesn’t need fantasies weirdo people like yourselves.
          What the people of Eritrea need is real action people not just talkatives.

  • ዝበረቐ ጽሓየይ February 13, 2019

    K. Tewolde
    ቀዳማይ; ርእይቶይ ዘይኮነ ኢሳያስን,ኣብዲን ፖምፐይን ዝበሉዎን ዝገበርዎን እየ ብዘይ ኣጋንኖ ዝሓንጸጽኩ ፠ ርእይቶይ ዘይኮነ ዘቐመጥኩስ ; እቶም ገበርትን ሓደግትን ማለት:ኢሳያስ , ኢትዮጵያን ኣሜሪካን ዝበልዎን ዝገበርዎን ዝተሳማምዕዎን ኣተሓሒዘ ኣቕሪበዮ፠ኤረና ምሉእ ብምሉእ ካብ ምድማር ርብዒ ጎደል (almost on the 11th hour) ትርከብ፠ እቲ ሃገራውነት ኤርትራውያን ካብ ምድሪ ባሕሪ ዝጠለቐ እዩ ትብሎ ዘለኻ ድኣ መዓስ እዩ ክግለጽ;????? ሓደ ሰብ እንድሕሪ ሽጉጥ ኣብ ግምባርካ ደቂኑልካ ; ምስ ተተኮሰካን ምስ ሞትካን እኮ ኣይኮንካን ፈንጠርጠር ትብል ፠ K.Tewolde ኣብ ክንዲ ነዚ ተደቂኑና ዘሎ በዳሂ ኹነታት ትርግታ ልቢ ህዝቢ ሰሚዕካ ትሕብረና ኣጉል ጭርሖ ኢኻ ትህበና ዘለኻ፠ሕጂ እውን ክደግማ እየ “እቲ ወጻኢ ዘሎ ህዝቢ ነዛ ትግርኛን ራሻይዳን ጎኒ ንጎኒ ዝተሰዉኡላ ሃገር ኣብ ቅድሚ ዓይኑ እናኸደት ከላ ንምንታይ ብጀካ ውሑዳት ህዝቢ ካልእ ሰብ ዘይዓጀቦ ? እዚኮ ተጠሊዕካ ኡይ ዝብሃለሉ እዩ ፠ ነዛ ቀላል ሕቶ መሊስና ካብኡ ንንዮ ዝቕጽል ስጉምትና ንነድፍ ብጥቕሉሉ “ደሓን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሃገራውነቱ ከውሒ ዝፍንቅል እዩ ማለት ከም ሰገን ሓደጋ ክመጽእ ከሎ ርእስኻ ኣብ ሑጻ ከም ምቕባር እዩ፠ ንማሃሃር ,ሓበሬታ ምስ ፈተውትና ተዛራሪብና ኣብዚ ድረ ገጽ ኣሰና ንካፋፈል፠ ወይ ብኹሉ ሓይልናን ገንዘብናን ስምዒትናን ተቓሊስና ንኤረና ሓራ ነውጽኣያ ወይ ብኾቦሮን ጣቕዒትን ንደምራ፠ ሱቕ ምባል ግን ምድማር ይሕሸና እዩ ዘስምዕ፠ ብዘለኒ ሓበሬታ ኣብ ሰሜን ኣሜሪካን ኤውሮጳን ዒራ ዒሮ የለን ፠
    nb. ኣነ ህዝቢ ኣይኮንኩን ብዝኣክብክዎ ሓበሬታ ግን ብዙሕ ህዝቢ ከምዚ ናተይ ሕቶ ኣለዎ

    • k.tewolde February 14, 2019

      Ziberqe,these daunting questions you are asking is not for me to answer,it is our people’s question and the people will answer it collectively when the time comes,the smoke screen is too thick right now,some are stunned ,some bewildered,some focused and staying the course….I don’t worry about the BIG THREE you mentioned,we have been here before,just different players,the same game (annexation),(medemer).>>”ሱቕ ምባል ግን ምድማር ይሕሸና እዩ ዘስምዕ፠”,the beaches have receded and the sea is gone, it is eerie quiet,don’t let lull fool you.