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EU provides additional help to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

EU provides additional help to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
17 June 2021

Yesterday, the Commission announced an additional €20 million to finance a new power plant in Rwanguba. The EU's rapid response to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has helped to restore up to 96% of the power lines and 35% of the water pipes damaged in the city of Goma due to the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano on 22 May.

The EU is supporting the construction of hydroelectric power plants and distribution networks around the National Park of Virunga, already supplying 70% of Goma's electricity needs. Power cuts are life-threatening for the local population as they lead to water shortage, the spread of diseases such as cholera, increased inequalities and poverty.

Since 2014, the EU has supported ongoing actions in the country with a total of €112 million in grants. The EU's financial contributions support the day-to-day operations, inclusive growth and sustainable development initiatives in the area, the hydro-electrification of North Kivu, and the development of sustainable agricultural practices. These activities have contributed to creating 2,500 direct jobs, 4,200 jobs in connected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and 15,000 indirect jobs in value chains.

The EU's integrated approach links nature conservation with economic development while improving the living standards of local populations. It contributes to preventing poaching and supports sustainable forest management, including efforts to combat illegal logging and deforestation. In parallel, the EU invests in value chains such as chocolate, coffee, chia seeds, papaya enzymes for the cosmetic industry, making sure that resources reach small community-based farms and cooperatives while promoting inclusive growth and sustainable development.

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