Today, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs begins a two-day visit to Ghana. He will acknowledge the smooth political transition after the passing of the late President Atta Mills and meet with various government officials.
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, have signed two agreements which will help Malawi to reach the Millennium Development Goals. The EU will contribute to a new government programme designed to strengthen agricultural productivity and expand the area under irrigation.
At the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Commissioner Piebalgs said: “This will be a reminder of the great and ambitious goal that guides our determination – freeing people from the scourge of extreme poverty.”
85% of EU citizens believe that Europe should continue helping developing countries despite the economic crisis. The findings were announced today by European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs at the European Development Days.
Welcoming the Eurodad report "Hitting the target?", Commissioner Piebalgs said: "Today is another great day for EU aid. After having been ranked in the top 5 of the most transparent donors worldwide, we are now confirmed as one of the most efficient and results-oriented as well.”
Tomorrow, 16 October, will mark the World Food Day. It is unacceptable that tonight, across the world, close to 870 million people - more than one and a half times the population of the European Union - will go to bed hungry.
Today, the European Union has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2012, for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
Better education for girls; better future for the world – Commissioner Piebalgs' op-ed on International Day of the Girl Child
As I travel around the world to see the European Commission's work in developing and partner countries I see time and time again how important women and girls are in helping their local communities to progress. Girls really can be the agents of change, but too often, they are held back by poverty.
Development aid has a large group of supporters among citizens, politicians, and civil society organisations. On Tuesday 8th October, Commissioner Piebalgs met with Bono, the co-founder of ONE. They discussed the importance to secure an appropriate level of aid, based on the Commission's proposal, in the next EU budget (2014-2020).
European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, has announced a new donation of € 4.6 million to UNICEF for emergency education programmes in Jordan, benefiting Syrian refugee children as well as children of host communities. This brings its total contribution to €10 million this year from Development Funds.
A new deal that will boost cooperation, dialogue and help to share information and best practice between the EU and UNESCO was signed today between the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, and the Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen their cooperation on agriculture. The aim is to address challenges in sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security, in order to reduce poverty in rural communities in developing countries.
Today Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Commissioner for Humanitarian aid, International Cooperation and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, proposed a new policy to help vulnerable communities across the world build resilience to future crises.
Today, the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President Catherine Ashton have made proposals on improving the EU's support to countries undergoing major political, social and economic reforms – so-called transition countries.
According to the last report from Publish What You Fund - a watchdog organisation - the European Commission is managing taxpayers' money dedicated to fight poverty in the world in full transparency. EuropeAid ranks as the fifth most transparent donor worldwide, sharing the third best transparency score.