During the London conference on Somalia the EU announced a new €100 million support for AMISOM, an African-led peacekeeping mission. The new commitment will contribute to the proposed increase in troop strength active in the African Union-led Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Today in London international leaders will discuss the future of Somalia. The meeting takes place only one day after UN Security Council endorsement of a strengthened AMISOM peacekeeping mission.
Following Commissioner Piebalgs' 3 day visit to Burma/Myanmar, and after announcing a new 150 million euro aid package to the country, the Commissioner met with the journalists to give his assessment of the visit and outlook for the future developments.
After his second day in Burma/Myanmar, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs stated: "The purpose of my visit to Burma/Myanmar was to assess the ongoing reforms and encourage their continuation. I met with our partners from the UN and international organisations yesterday. I had today a constructive meeting with President U Thein Sein, as well as with U Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Lower House, and the Ministers for Education, Dr. Mya Aye, of Railways, U Aung Min, and of Health, Dr. Pe Thet Khin.
Commissioner Piebalgs arrived to Burma/Myanmar for a 3 day visit to announce a 150 million Euro new development support for the country. During the first day, he met with representatives of United Nations and NGOs, which implement aid programmes (also funded by the EU) on the ground. You can watch short video scenes from the first day and listen to Commissioner Piebalgs' statements from the ground here.
Commissioner Piebalgs to visit Burma/Myanmar to pledge new support for democratic and economic reform
From 12–14 February, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will visit Burma/Myanmar. In response to the impressive reform agenda which began to take shape there after the new civilian Government took office, he will announce a new €150 million assistance package to support democratic reforms and inclusive development in the country.
Energy tops the Development agenda: Commissioner Piebalgs to attend the European launch of the UN's Year of Sustainable Energy for All
On Wednesday, 8 February, Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, will stress European Commission's commitment to achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030 at the official European Launch of UN's Year on Sustainable Energy for All. This ambitious goal was set up by a new High Level Group led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on which Commissioner Piebalgs is a Member. The event will address the types of commitments to action needed from all sectors to provide access to energy for the poorest people on the planet.
Commissioner Piebalgs will visit Burma/Myanmar on 12-14 February. He will be the first Commissioner to meet the President. Since the impressive reform agenda began to take shape after the new civilian Government took office, the EU has repeatedly said it would support reform. Therefore, he will announce additional funding from the EU to encourage the transition and to assist the country's fight against poverty. During the visit he will travel to Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon to meet the President, senior government ministers, Aung San Suu Kyi and other important interlocutors. The visit will allow assessing the progress on the ground, to further encourage reform and to gauge how the EU can even better support the change process.
European Union helps Nigeria to consolidate peace in the Niger delta and ensure better governance and improved service delivery
The European Commission has approved funding for projects that will work towards further stability and security in the Niger delta region and give young people there better perspectives for their lives. Programmes will provide training and employment for young people, help in fighting corruption and organised crime and improve access to drinking water and better sanitation. The EU will also strengthen the Nigerian justice sector and the electoral cycle and support governance reforms. One important aspect of the new support will be to strengthen Nigeria's capacity to manage its own funds.