New EU support to the Philippines' Peace Progress
European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced new EU funds of eight million euros to contribute to the economic and social recovery of conflict-affected areas in Mindanao (The Philippines). The announced 8 million euros contribution for Mindanao will be channelled through the Mindanao Trust Fund and will support activities to promote confidence-building, peace and demand-driven governance.
Commissioner Piebalgs' visit to the Philippines (10-12 Nov) was scheduled prior to the Typhoon Haiyan, but it has inevitably been changed by the circumstances. Commissioner Piebalgs conveyed his condolences to the authorities and the people of Philippines. This follows EU release of a first tranche of humanitarian assistance of 3 million euros to assist the victims of this crisis.
For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-1052_en.htm