Joint press conference by Andris Piebalgs and Štefan Füle on the budget proposals for the EC external instruments for 2014-2020
Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, held a joint press conference on 7 December 2011 to present the budget proposals adopted by the European Commission for its external instruments from 2014-2020.
These proposals will allow the EU to fulfil its responsibility on the global stage: fighting poverty and promoting democracy, peace, stability and prosperity. The range of instruments will support developing countries as well as countries in the European neighbourhood and those that are preparing accession into the EU. The Commission will seek to target its resources where they are most needed, where they will have the highest impact while ensuring more flexibility to be able to react swiftly to unforeseen events. This budget will also enable the EU to further reinforce its role on the global stage and promote its interests and values.