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House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect European Union grants and loans to be available to Egypt for new work in public health and education, including adult literacy; and over what timescale.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The European Union (EU) funds budget support operations in the health and education sectors in Egypt. In the education sector, EU funds will support reforms to pre-university education until May 2013 and to technical and vocational education for the next five years. There is no specific focus on adult literacy. In the health sector, the EU funds the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population to increase the reach of primary healthcare until 2015. The health and education sectors are not part of the EU's programming priorities for the next programming period (2014-2015).

Egypt also benefits from the Erasmus and Tempus schemes, which fund Egyptian students to study in Europe and help build the capacity of Egyptian higher education institutions.

The EU aims to provide macrofinancial support in the form of loans once an IMF package has been agreed with Egypt.

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