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Ghor Province in Afghanistan received attention of representatives from the European Commission and the European Parliament last week. Lithuanian mission with Lithuanian soldiers and civilians, aiming at restoring peaceful life, is deployed in this province. 

From 30 July through 2 August, Head of the European Commission Delegation to Kabul, Ambassador Hansjörg Kretschmer visited Ghor. The representative of one of the biggest donors in Afghanistan – the European Commission – took interest in the security and economy situation in Ghor Province, in activities of the local administration, and in the development cooperation projects that are coordinated by the Lithuanian mission.

H. Kretschmer in Chaghcharan met with the delegation visiting in Ghor at the same time.  The delegation was headed by Lithuanian Minister of Defence Juozas Olekas and also included Member of the European Parliament from Lithuania Laima Liucija Andrikienė. Commissioned by the European Parliament, Ms. Andrikienė is preparing a report on the management of the European Union’s funds in Afghanistan.

In Chaghcharan, together with the Europarliamentarian and representatives from the mission, Ambassador H. Kretschmer visited the headquarters of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Representatives from the European Union met with heads of the non-governmental organisation Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA), which has been implementing a healthcare services project. With the funding from the European Commission, CHA established 21 primary health care centres in nine areas of the province and nine health care sections, and are sustaining the medical personnel, financing the procurement of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals.

Together with Lithuanian diplomats, Ambassador H. Kretschmer headed 40 kilometres north of Chaghcharan, to the Gelmin valley, where they reviewed the implementation of projects, financed by Lithuania and the European Commission. A small water-power plant, financed by Lithuania, has been operating in the village of Galei Shiya since this spring, and the construction of a primary healthcare centre, financed by the European Commission, is about to be finished in the village of Sare Gelmin.

Lithuania was the first to submit applications for projects financed by the European Commission Provincial Reconstruction Teams’ funds. Two projects were endorsed, one fifth of their expenses are financed by Lithuania. While projects under the implementation are estimated at a million euros, training of prosecutors and judges has started in Chaghcharan and soon the construction of the Prosecutor’s Office will begin in the province, as well as the reconstruction works of the Court of Appeal.

The European Commission has allocated over 600 million euros for projects that are to be implemented in Afghanistan in four years time.