Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development, meets Ellen JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, President of Liberia:
roundtable and statements following the meeting
Première transmission: 08/11/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 08/11/2012
Today, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, announces a new €42 million programme during a meeting with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The new EU funding will contribute to halving maternal mortality rate to 375 per 100,000 live births from the current level of 770 per 100,000 (one of the highest in the world). These funds will be used for rehabilitating health centres, providing medical equipment, training health staff and many other activities aimed at improving health services in the country. This EU funding is part of the EU's €1 billion MDG initiative to foster global progress on the Millennium Development Goals before 2015.
During the meeting the President and the Commissioner will also discuss the EU's development work and political dialogue with Liberia as well as regional cooperation in West Africa more widely and progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
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||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf, President of Liberia to the Commissioner office
||Roundtable with Andris Piebalgs and Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Andris Piebalgs on the announcement of the adoption of a new EU programme worth €42 million that will help the government of Liberia to take care of thousands of mothers, whose life could be endanger by pregnancy.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf on the EU-Liberia cooperation mainly focused on the on-going debate on the post-Millennium Development Goals after 2015 and in the EU's announcement related to maternal health in Liberia.
||Question of a journalist on natural ressources
||Answer by Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf
||Follow up of the previous question
||Follow up of the answer
||Cutaway of journalists
||Andris Piebalgs and Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf leaving the room