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High level EU coordination meeting on Ebola
15/09/2014

Today, a high-level meeting to coordinate further steps in a European wide response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has taken place in Brussels. Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, have represented the European Institutions.

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EU supports African Union mission to fight Ebola
10/09/2014

The European Commission will provide €5 million to the newly established mission of the African Union (AU) "Support to Ebola Outbreak in West-Africa" (ASEOWA) that will join the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the disease in the region, as announced at an AU Partner Group's meeting on Ebola in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).  

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EU announces €140 million package in response to Ebola outbreak
05/09/2014

The European Commission announces today €140 million of funding for the countries affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
The new package will help those countries bolster their health services (for example through reinforcing treatment centres or support for health workers), both during the crisis and in the recovery phase.

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EU steps up its efforts to fight organised crime and drug trafficking in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
08/08/2014

The European Commission has announced additional funding of three million euros for the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), an on-going initiative in several countries of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to help reduce trafficking in drugs and other illicit products, thanks to more effective, well-connected counter-narcotic activities. This includes connecting the participating airports to international databases and communication networks and promoting intelligence and information sharing. European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said: "Organised crime, drug trafficking and the damage that they bring are a global problem that requires a strong and coordinated response".  So far, thanks to this programme more than 355 kg of cocaine and 1120 kg of cannabis were seized, among other results. With today's announcement, the European Commission has contributed almost €8 million to the AIRCOP project.

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West Africa: EU boosts its immediate aid to contain Ebola outbreak
08/08/2014

The European Union is increasing by an additional €8 million its efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This is the fourth increase of EU assistance for this crisis. It brings the Commission's aid in 2014 to fight the Ebola epidemic, which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern", to €11.9 million. In addition, a second "European mobile laboratory" will be deployed in the coming days, most likely to Sierra Leone, to provide essential support to diagnostics and testing.

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EU launches new programme to support Africa's continental integration
06/08/2014

The first ever EU programme in development and cooperation that covers Africa as a whole, called "Pan-African Programme", has today been launched with an allocation of €415 million for this first phase (2014-2017). Welcoming the initiative, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said:  "The major innovation of this programme is that it allows the EU to link up the cooperation it has with Northern Africa, South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa".

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Commissioner Piebalgs attends the Informal Development Council in Florence (Italy) - photo © ANSA
Commissioner Piebalgs attends the Informal Development Council in Florence (Italy)
15/07/2014

EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will take part in the Informal Development Council being held today in Florence.

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Human Rights Watch report on Sexual exploitation and abuse in Somalia
10/09/2014

A Human Rights Watch report on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia has just seen the light and I have read it with great concern. Sexual exploitation, abuse and violence are intolerable. The European Union condemns all crimes of sexual violence, including in situations of conflict, of whatever nature, and we […]

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