EU to discuss future development cooperation with Guatemala
During his first ever visit to Guatemala this week, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will discuss priorities for future EU assistance with the Guatemalan authorities and civil society. Mr Piebalgs is also expected to reaffirm the EU’s on-going commitment to cooperation with Guatemala.
EU cooperation with Guatemala is expected to focus on food security, violence and conflict prevention and economic competitiveness going forward. Pending approval by the European Parliament and the European Council, the bilateral allocation for Guatemala for 2014-2020 is expected to be €186 million. Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: “Guatemala has made impressive progress in terms of education and the eradication of poverty, but huge challenges, such as very high malnutrition levels, still remain. By better targeting our future funding to make sure it focuses on key sectors, we will do all we can to make sure that we continue to help those most in need.”
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