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Commission proposes to gradually resume development aid to the Republic of Niger English (en)


Commissioner Piebalgs said: "This decision sends a clear signal of support for the government of Niger. We acknowledge the concrete commitments made and stand ready to contribute to the progressive return of the constitutional order and rule of law in Niger. In difficult times, this will also reinforce the long-lasting support we provide to the people of Niger."

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Andris Piebalgs demande des résultats tangibles en matière de santé maternelle et infantile lors du sommet de l'Union africaine


Du 24 au 26 juillet, Andris Piebalgs, commissaire européen chargé du développement, prendra la parole à l'occasion du 15ème sommet de l'Union africaine (UA) à Kampala, en Ouganda. Le thème de la santé maternelle et infantile sera au cœur des préoccupations de ce rassemblement des 53 États membres de l'Union africaine. Le commissaire européen insistera sur la nécessité de parvenir à des avancées concrètes dans ces domaines. Des huit objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD), ceux relatifs à la santé maternelle et infantile (OMD 4 et 5) comptent parmi les moins avancés pour nombre de pays en développement. Cette constatation a son importance à l'heure où l'Afrique et l'UE se préparent au sommet de haut niveau sur les OMD, qui se tiendra à New York, du 20 au 22 septembre.

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Le Commissaire Piebalgs est à Londres pour promouvoir l'action de l'UE contre l'exploitation illégale des forêts dans les pays en développement


The EU must be at the forefront of fight against illegal timber trade. Following Ghana, the Republic of Congo, and soon Cameroon, I encourage all wood producing countries to sign the tailor-made voluntary trade agreements with the EU, named "FLEGT". This is in our mutual interest: we guarantee European consumers that the furniture, the decoration and any wooden product they buy has been legally produced and imported within the EU, in respect of the biodiversity and forest life cycle; in the same time, thi will benefit developing countries who will enjoy a legal and sustainable exploitation of their forests, ensuring jobs creation and domestic resources.

For more information read: the press release - and FAQ on illegal logging and FLEGT

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Le Commissaire Piebalgs est en Finlande pour promouvoir la politique de développement


Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, visits Finland on 9 July. He held meetings with Alexander Stubb, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development to discuss latest development policy issues. He also met with the civil society representatives from ca. 16 major Finnish NGOs to discuss various areas of development policy with non-governmental actors.

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Drawing for a better and equal world English (en)


Around 50 000 children from all over the world, aged between 8-10, have participated in the 2010 edition of the international drawing competition on Gender Equality, organised by the European Commission. The Drawing Competition, organised for the fourth year in a row, has been able to mobilise and raise the awareness of both children and adults around the issue of gender equality.

Since the launch of the competition on International Women's Day on 8 March this year, the Commission received drawings from children in 61 countries from the four corners of the globe. The 14 final winners have now been selected and will be exhibited from 9 to 26 November 2010 in Brussels. The winners will also be awarded a prize of €1,000 each, which will be used to buy books, computers, pay for school or library fees or other education materials.

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