Chiapas: the European Union and state government sign accord to promote development activities in communities

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@Chiapas state government

On 10 March, Chiapas state governor Manuel Velasco and Andrew Standley, European Union (EU) ambassador to Mexico, signed an agreement for the execution of the “Integral Program of Social Cohesion Mexico-European Union” to promote social development and productive programs in the state, as well as to further conservation in indigenous communities.  They reported that this program, which will have a budget of 6 million euros, seeks to benefit more than 340,000 residents of 922 communities pertaining to eight municipalities of the Mountain region and 830 communities associated with seven municipalities in the Jungle region.

The EU ambassador stressed that this agreement represents a greatly important step in defining the bases of cooperation in key sectors so as to support development projects in the state.  He emphasized that the questions like social cohesion, sustainability, and the permanent focus of attention on human rights are themes of concern for the state government, and form the basis of this planned program of cooperation.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa del gobierno del estado: Unión Europea impulsa el desarrollo sostenible y sustentable en Chiapas (10 de marzo de 2014)

Boletín de la Unión Europea (11 de marzo de 2014)

Impulsan proyectos Chiapas y la UE (El Universal, 11 de marzo de 2014)

El gobierno de Chiapas y la UE firman convenio en beneficio de comunidades (La Jornada, 11 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ambassadors from the Union European visit the state (9 November 2007)

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