Joint Statement by Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle and Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs:
We are highly pleased that the European Parliament has just approved the legislative package on the EU's external instruments. It is a beneficial package that will enable the EU to continue to be a global player and promote its interests and values. In a globalised world it is more necessary than ever that we join forces and speak with one strong voice. By acting jointly, the EU can weigh in as a single and more powerful donor on a range of issues where national action offers less impact and less scope.
At the age of 95, South Africa's Nelson Mandela passed away last night.
Today, the world mourn the death of “Madiba”, a man much loved by the South African people and by the world. Former President Mandela is the founder of modern South Africa, the father of democracy in the country, and it is fair to say that he did an excellent job. South Africa is now “master of its faith; captain of its soul” as William Henley wrote in the “Madiba”’s favourite poem, "Invictus".
As the political and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) has progressively deteriorated for more than a year now, the European Commission has continued to mobilise its development aid to help people and improve their security. On 5 December 2013 the Political and Security Committee of the EU endorsed a request from the African Union (dated 21 November 2013) addressed to the European Union for funding of €50 million for the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (AFISM-CAR).
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will today announce new financial support for countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean for the period 2014-2020. He will take part in discussions on the priorities for funding with Ministers and other authorities of the involved countries and of regional organisations.
The new EU support for the coming seven years will amount to some €7.5 billion (subject to confirmation by the EU Member States) and is expected to support investments that generate growth and job creation for the almost 400 million citizens in the region.
A new programme that will reduce illegal killing of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species in other regions has today been launched with EU support. The project will receive about €12 million of EU funds to strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, to provide training and support on law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings, and to establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.
The European Union will today announce new support of €370 million (over US $500 million) for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria for the period 2014-2016, at a conference in Washington, where donors are expected to set out their pledges for future support to fight against the three diseases. The conference will take place just one day after World AIDS Day.
How should Europe address global poverty and sustainable development post-2015? That is the question on the table of last week’s European Development Days in Brussels. There were two days of passionate and fruitful debates and, even though the discussions still have a long way to go, it was both inspiring and reassuring to see such a huge interest in the next development framework. After all, it is about making a better life possible, a decent life for all.
Representatives of developing and developed country governments, international agencies, NGOs and...