Today, the EU announced that it would provide close to €2 million to support the fight to eliminate the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a militant movement in the Central African region, in particular in Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. The military movement has been causing fear and panic with brutal actions including killings, rapes and abductions and it is estimated that 353,000 people are still displaced in LRA-affected areas.
European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will today announce new EU support of €2.5 billion for Latin America for the years 2014 to 2020 (including funding for regional programmes, and for the bilateral envelopes to the eligible countries).
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs will today announce over €6.5 billion in new support for countries and organisations in Asia for the period 2014-2020. The announcement will be made during a two-day event to discuss development cooperation with authorities from the 12 countries and the regional organisation involved.
European Commissioners Andris Piebalgs, for Development policy, and Karel De Gucht, for Trade policy, welcomed today's Foreign Affairs Council conclusions confirming new EU support of at least €6.5 billion for the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) for West Africa during the period 2015-2020.
European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will today announce €81 million of new EU support to the Central African Republic (CAR) during a joint visit to the country with French Minister for Development, Pascal Canfin, and German Minister for Cooperation, Gerd Müller (on 13 – 14 March). The amount will help restore basic social services and livelihoods; particularly in the areas of education, health, and food security and nutrition.
Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), I’d like to once again underline that the EU will not rest until all forms of violence and discrimination suffered by women and girls are eradicated –wherever we work. In my travels around the world, I have seen with my own eyes how societies which do not give women equal rights and conditions cannot hope to achieve true development of their countries. Men and women are equal. It's as simple as that. And yet, sadly, we still have a very long way to go before we will truly be able to say that gender equality exists.
Le Commissaire européen au Développement, Andris Piebalgs, et le Ministre belge de la Coopération au Développement, Jean-Pascal Labille, ont pris connaissance de l’enquête du Guardian publiée le 3 mars dernier relative aux activités de l’entreprise pétrolière SOCO dans la région des Grands Lacs, et plus particulièrement dans le parc des Virunga.
Cette enquête fait état de propos qui se veulent rassurants selon SOCO. Ainsi, l’entreprise britannique serait actuellement en phase de « pré-exploration », « et à des années du début de toute phase de développement ». En outre, SOCO indique que sa zone d’intérêt dans le Parc des Virunga - et pour laquelle SOCO dit disposer d’un permis d’exploration octroyé par les autorités congolaises - serait distinctement séparée - « tant sur le plan de l’altitude, de la distance que de la limite de la concession accordée à l’entreprise » - des sites particulièrement sensibles du fait de la faune notamment.
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".