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The European Union announces new initiatives to increase transparency and improve coordination in aid delivery English (en)

29/11/2011

Speaking at the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will today present the European Union's new proposals to make its aid more effective: EU Joint Programming, which will involve EU donors working together on aid delivery and then dividing the work needed in the most efficient way,  and an EU Transparency Guarantee, which means that EU Member states will publicly disclose all information on aid programmes so that it can be more easily accessed, shared and published.

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Accord historique pour empêcher les importations illégales de bois de République centrafricaine dans l’UE et pour dynamiser le secteur du bois

29/11/2011

À la suite de l’accord de partenariat volontaire (APV) signé aujourd’hui entre l’UE et la République centrafricaine, tous les produits du bois expédiés depuis la République centrafricaine vers l’Union européenne devront être accompagnés, d’ici 2014, d'une licence certifiant leur origine légale.

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Première visite officielle du Commissaire Piebalgs au Niger : un appui supplémentaire pour renforcer la sécurité et développement au Sahel

29/11/2011

Lors de sa première visite officielle au Niger, le Commissaire européen au Développement Andris Piebalgs a annoncé une aide nouvelle de 91,6 millions d'euros pour soutenir la sécurité et le développement dans le Nord du pays. Cette décision s'inscrit en soutien à la stratégie européenne de sécurité et de développement au Sahel, de l'Union européenne de mars 2011. Le Commissaire a rencontré le Président de la République Mahamadou Issoufou et le Premier ministre, Brigi Rafini, pour évoquer la stratégie de développement du pays, présenter la nouvelle politique de développement de l'UE et aborder également la nouvelle Stratégie pour le Développement et la Sécurité au Sahel.

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Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women English (en)

25/11/2011

Today we underline our strong commitment to combating violence against women.

One in three women suffers some form of violence or sexual abuse during their lifetime.

Every year, millions of women and girls become victims of human trafficking.

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Development aid: Europeans show overwhelming support for helping world's poor despite economic crisis English (en)

24/11/2011

Despite the current economic crisis, Europeans still regard helping the poor as a priority, according to a new survey. 84% of respondents to a new Eurobarometer support development aid to help people across the world out of poverty. The majority of EU citizens (84%) also support the strong focus of EU aid on good governance and human rights in developing countries, a direction proposed by Commissioner Piebalgs in his recent policy proposal, "Agenda for Change".

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Commissioner Piebalgs in Mali to support development and security in the Sahel English (en)

22/11/2011

Brussels, 22 November 2011 – The Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, is in Mali for his first visit to the country. This visit coincides with the adoption of a European strategy for the Sahel, aimed at supporting the efforts of countries in the region in combating instability in the Sahel Belt. Commissioner Piebalgs will announce a specific €50 million aid to help Mali strengthen the presence of the state in the north of the country, guarantee basic social services and relaunch the economy. He will go on to visit Burkina Faso and Niger, affected by the same problem, on 24 and 25 November.

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Commissioner Piebalgs in Benin to encourage reforms and announce new support to local governments and jobs creation English (en)

22/11/2011

On 22 November, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, arrived in Benin for a one-day visit, during which he met with President Thomas Boni Yayi and several key Ministers of the government of Benin. The Commissioner announced funding for decentralisation measures and the strengthening of local governments, as well as financial support for the development of small and medium enterprises. 

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Le Commissaire Piebalgs en visite au Togo pour encourager à plus de progrès dans la bonne gouvernance et le développement économique

20/11/2011

Le 20 novembre, le Commissaire Andris Piebalgs, s'est rendu au Togo afin de constater les progrès et les défis du pays suite à la relance de la coopération au développement en 2007.

Le Commissaire a également pris part à la 22ème Session de l'Assemblée parlementaire paritaire ACP – UE, qui s'est tenu à Lomé du 19 au 23 novembre et  qui réunira les membres du Parlement européen et les représentants élus des pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP).

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Et les nominées sont…

18/11/2011

Le Prix Lorenzo Natali pour le journalisme symbolise la conviction de l'Europe que liberté d'expression, démocratie, droits de l'Homme et développement sont inextricablement liés.

Dans de trop nombreuses parties du monde, la liberté de la presse est encore méprisée ou violée. En effet, chaque jour des milliers de journalistes mettent leur vie en danger afin de couvrir des conflits, des désastres humanitaires, ou simplement pour rapporter des histoires humaines que nous tenons souvent pour acquis.

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Commission Piebalgs in South Sudan to foster development cooperation English (en)

10/11/2011

Today, Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner will hold a series of political talks with President Salva Kiir and ministers of the government of South Sudan in Juba. The Commissioner will present a draft country development strategy paper, which was endorsed by the EU development ministers.

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European Commission and European Investment Bank welcome start of work on an “EU Platform for External Cooperation and Development” English (en)

10/11/2011

A Commission expert group, including the European Investment Bank and Member States, has begun studying the possible establishment of an EU Platform for External Cooperation and Development. The aim would be to increase the impact of EU external cooperation activities by optimising financial mechanisms blending EU grants and loans. This will allow to leverage limited financial resources to support external and development policy priorities for the benefit of EU partner countries.

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Commissioner Piebalgs, launches a dialogue for a Public-Private Partnership to boost Investment in Agriculture and Agribusiness in Uganda English (en)

09/11/2011

European Union Commissioner for Development Cooperation Mr. Andris PIEBALGS, has today participated, with the presence of Minister of Finance Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Agriculture, Hon Tress Buchanayandi in a High Level Roundtable on "INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE, THE ENGINE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN UGANDA: A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST INVESTMENT", Kampala, Serena Conference Centre November 8, 2011

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Official visit of Commissioner Piebalgs in Uganda to explore innovative financing for the agriculture sector English (en)

08/11/2011

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is in Uganda for a two-day visit. Together with government and private sector representatives he will explore how to improve access to financing for small and medium enterprises in agriculture and the agribusiness through public-private partnerships. The Commissioner will also inaugurate an EU-funded road that is essential for cross-border trade in the region. He will meet, among others, President Yoweri Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

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EU announces new support for education for all in developing countries English (en)

08/11/2011

The EU pledged today new funding for the Global Partnership for Education, to improve basic education in over 46 developing countries. The new support was announced at a Pledging Conference in Copenhagen of over 200 participants from more than 40 countries, organised by the Global Partnership for Education to replenish and mobilise resources and political commitments to support education for all in developing countries.

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