On the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg, and Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, stated: " We re-affirm our commitment to fighting the HIV epidemic which continues to cause much suffering to people in Europe and around the world. We have made considerable progress in fighting HIV/AIDs but numbers are still alarming. Worldwide more than 34 million people live with HIV/AIDS. Only in 2011 in the European Union and European Economic Area countries, over 28 000 people were newly infected with HIV/AIDS.
The European Commission announced today new €67.3 million support for Mozambique to reduce hunger and chronic malnutrition and accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The new programme will help improve agricultural and fisheries production and increase access to food for vulnerable groups, in particular women and children.
Statement from Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, in response to Aidwatch report "Making Sense of EU Development Cooperation Effectiveness"
I welcome Aidwatch's initiative in launching this special report on the first anniversary of the Busan Partnership Agreement on Effective Development Co-operation, especially in the light of the changing development landscape in this area. Last year's High Level Forum at Busan was a big step forward on the aid effectiveness agenda, and reports like this are very helpful in keeping this issue in the spotlight.
European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs at the Global Civil Society Symposium 'Food Security and Nutrition in the Post-2015 Framework' in Cyprus
Today, EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs participates in the Global Civil Society Symposium 'Food Security and Nutrition in the Post-2015 Framework' in Nicosia, Cyprus. The event will contribute to setting specific recommendations on key issues related to the global fight against hunger -such as nutrition, sustainable agriculture; resilience; water; governance; and the role of the private sector- to be included in the post-2015 framework.
The European Union (EU) has announced new funding to Somalia for improving governance, strengthening security, as well as working towards better education and economic development.
Commissioner Piebalgs announces EU support for building the largest solar power plant in West Africa
EU Development Commissioner Piebalgs announced this week that the EU will support the construction of what will be the largest African photovoltaic power plant, in Burkina Faso. It will provide 32 gigawatt hours per year, the equivalent of 6% of the country's current electricity production.
EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced this week a new €42 million programme during a meeting with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and his colleague, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, met today with Dr Denis Mukwege, the founder of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the Democratic Republic of Congo.