European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to sign the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa on Thursday during the Valletta summit.

The Trust Fund is one of the tools set up to urgently respond to the current refugee crisis. This Trust Fund will receive €1.8 billion of funding from the European Commission, complemented with funding from a number of EU Member States and other donors.

Malta will contribute €250,000 to the fund.

Mr Juncker will head the delegation from the EU Executive at the summit along with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, together with Council President Tusk.

This Summit will bring together European and African Heads of State and Government in an effort to strengthen cooperation in the area of migration and address the current challenges and opportunities.

A large number of international and regional organisations, such as the African Union Commission, the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, the UN, the UN's Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), have also been invited to participate. 

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