The European Union (EU) has set aside Eur 230 million ($275 million) to spend on aid in the country throughout 2006. The financing, which is part of the EU's annual budget and is still to be approved, includes Eur 30 million ($35 million) for the parliamentary elections to be held in December.
According to EU officials, the body has committed more than $600 million since the end of the war in 2003 with the majority channelled through the UN-World Bank trust fund. The new aid will go primarily into building governmental institutions and developing the health and education sectors.
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