EU steps up its efforts against drugs in Bolivia during official visit
A new EU project which is expected to benefit some 80,000 farmers’ families in Bolivia has been announced by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, during a visit to the country. The €25 million project will help to create new economic opportunities in coca producing areas of the country and to boost alternative forms of agriculture.
The new programme will build on the EU’s previous work in fighting drugs, which has already contributed substantially to the reduction of coca cultivation surface. During the visit (19-22 August), Commissioner Piebalgs is expected to meet the Bolivian President, Evo Morales. The Commissioner will use the visit to take stock of the progress achieved so far through the EU’s work in Bolivia to discuss future cooperation under the next Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020), since Bolivia will be one of the countries which will continue to receive bilateral assistance from the EU after 2014. Photo and video of the visit (field visits and official meetings) will be available on EbS during the week.