Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, visited Bolivia from 19 to 22 August 2013.
On 21 August, he was in La Paz, where he took part in the inauguration of the new premises of the Delegation of the EU to Bolivia. He also met with Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, as well as with Bolivian Ministers involved in EU cooperation programmes. He held a press conference after the meetings.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the new EU building in La Paz (2 shots)
||Tim Torlot, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Bolivia, making a speech for the inauguration
||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, (in ENGLISH) saying that this brand new building is a symbol for the EU's long term commitment to Bolivia; it reflects the strength of Europe's relationship with the Bolivian people and the Bolivian Government; since 2007 the EU has provided more than four hundred million US dollars in support to development programmes; the EU is providing fifty percent of all foreign assistance to the country. (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that sometimes there is the question whether the European Union still keeps an interest in Latin America and the answer is clearly: yes; the EU would like very much to work with Latin America and this new building is very small proof that we are not going away; the EU would like to continue to work with the Bolivian people but also with all other countries on the continent; declaring the offices of the European Delegation to Bolivia officially opened. (2 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs unveiling a plate to inaugurate the new premises
||Handshake between Andris Piebalgs and Tim Torlot
||Indigenous ritual for the inauguration (5 shots)
||Exterior view of the Bolivian presidential building (2 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs meeting with Evo Morales, President of Bolivia: round table and handshake (5 shots)
||Andris Piebalgs meeting with Bolivian Ministers involved in EU cooperation programmes (3 shots)
||Bolivian and EU flags
||Arrival at the press conference
||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that he was very glad to announce to the Bolivian Government that the EC anticipates – subject to approval by the EU institutions - a new budget for the next seven years amounting to 281 million euro; that is seventeen percent increase compared with the current programme. (3 shots)
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that they have agreed, as a working hypothesis, to focus on three areas: one is providing physical infrastructures for water sanitation and all absolute necessity for a decent life; second, sophisticate the fight against narcotics; and third, support the justice sector. (5 shots)
||Cutaway of photographers
||Andris Pielbags shaking hands with Viviana Caro, Bolivian Minister for Planning and International Co-operation (2 shots)