Commissioner Piebalgs in Ethiopia to discuss strengthened relationship and sign €13.7 million climate change project
Today, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will meet the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and other members of the national government in Addis Ababa. Their discussions will provide an opportunity to further strengthen EU development cooperation with Ethiopia, an important regional partner to the EU and recipient of the single largest share of EU aid. Commissioner Piebalgs will explore ways to support the government's five-year "Growth and transformation" national strategy and will sign an agreement for the implementation of the Global Climate Change Alliance in Ethiopia.
Commissioner Piebalgs at the African Union Summit to push for more stability in view of sustainable development
Andris Piebalgs will attend the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on 30/31 January. Leaders will discuss the theme of the summit - "Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values". The European Union is working in close partnership with the African Union in promoting sound governance, rule of law, human rights, gender equality and culture. He will also attend a meeting organised on the situation on Somalia chaired by Ban-Ki-Moon, and he will hold a series of bilateral meetings with key representatives of the continent to discuss political and aid issues.
Today, Commissioner Piebalgs will visit Italy to discuss EU development policy. He will hold a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini. The Commissioner will also participate in the parliamentary hearing with European, Foreign Affairs and Budget Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and the Italian Senate. Meetings with Italian entrepreneurs and civil society are also foreseen.
Joint Statement of HR/VP Catherine Ashton, Commissioners for Development Andris Piebalgs, and for Humanitarian Aid, Kristalina Georgieva, on the situation in Haiti, 1 year after the earthquake
"One year after the terrible earthquake that struck Haiti and hurt more than one million people, we want to reaffirm that helping the country to recover remains a EU priority. We have been a steadfast partner in Haiti and we will continue to be fully committed in the long run to advancing the country's reconstruction and to helping its people build a better tomorrow."
One year ago, on 12 January 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake.
The earthquake mainly destroyed the capital, Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, striking
government facilities, key infrastructure and the areas with the greatest concentration of