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Commissioner Andris Piebalgs announces new EU support for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will announce €620 million of new EU support to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and €460 million for Rwanda for the period 2014-2020, during a visit to both countries together with the Belgian Minister for International Cooperation, Jean-Pascal Labille.

Ahead of his arrival Commissioner Piebalgs said: "The Great Lakes region and its citizens have faced some exceptional challenges in recent years – these challenges are not over, but we should recognize that we are at a moment of opportunity".

EU funding in the DRC will be used to fight poverty by promoting inclusive and sustainable growth, to strengthen democracy and human rights and contribute to peace and stability. In Rwanda the overall objective is to reduce poverty, support the already significant progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and to strengthen democratic governance with safeguards for human rights.

For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-204_en.htm

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