E.U. head office proposes 1 billion euros for water for Africa, Caribbean, South Pacific
Brussels, Belgium - The E.U. head office asked European Union governments Wednesday to allocate euro1 billion (US$1.26 billion) in aid to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation for the poor in Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.
In a report to E.U. governments, it said its proposal would dovetail with the global campaign to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.
It said the money was available in the E.U.'s 2000-2007 development aid budget of euro13.5 billion (US$17 billion) that carries a reserve of euro1 billion for unspecified purposes.