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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jan 18, CMC – The European Union (EU) is providing more than Euro 1.7 million (One Euro =US$1.33 cents) for two projects here. Newly appointed Head of the European Union's Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Mikael Barford and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony signed the agreements providing for the funds. The EU funds will facilitate the completion of the New National Hospital as well as access to safe drinking water here. Prime Minister Anthony said the EU funds cannot be understated, noting that they represent “the continued cooperation and support that the European Union provides to the government and people of St. Lucia. “Indeed perhaps we should emphasize that the New National Hospital … is the largest project undertaken by the European Union in our part of the world. So for us that was a very special gesture on the part of the European Union.” EU funding will also be provided for support to the National Housing and Development programme to provide the requisite infrastructure, roads and drainage to ensure the progressive facilitation of the construction of housing units. At least 30 households from the Soufriere, Fond St. Jacques community that were displaced by Hurricane Tomas will benefit from the Euro 970,000 three year project. The EU is also providing Euro 810,000 under the “Selective Measures To Provide Sustainable Access To Safe Drinking Water In St.Lucia Project” that would result in improved access to a more consistent and sustainable supply of safe drinking water for the communities of Micoud and Desruisseaux, south of here.