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.
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".
The European Union announced today financial support of €12 million to help destroy Syrian chemical stockpiles, by contributing to a Trust Fund established by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
The activities covered by this programme include the transport, treatment and disposal of the chemical materials and effluents outside Syria, and will be implemented jointly by the OPCW and the United Nations, in order to secure their safe and environmentally sound destruction.
During his first ever visit to the country EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, announced €55 million of new support for Cape Verde during the period 2014 – 2020. The funding will focus specifically on the areas of the fight against poverty, sustainable and inclusive growth and good governance.
The Commissioner will take part in a seminar on renewable energy, during which he will announce a new instrument on energy cooperation which will cover the whole of Africa.
The European Commission will provide €5 million in new funding to accelerate the use of renewable energy in Africa, meet future energy needs and increase access to modern and sustainable energy services on the continent, through the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP).
EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will announce €195 million for Mauritania in the areas of food security, rule of law and healthcare for the years 2014-2020, during a visit to the country (10-11 February). Discussions are expected to focus in particular on ongoing cooperation between the EU and Mauritania in the areas of security, development and fishing. The Commissioner is also expected to underline the EU’s ongoing commitment to supporting the country on its path to growth and in the key role it has to play in security in the Sahel.
Millions of girls and women all over the world are still at risk of being subjected to FGM, and particularly in developing countries. The EU has repeatedly shown zero tolerance for this practice, and today we are proud to do it once again, louder than ever.
However, progress is being made. For instance, thanks to an EU project with UNICEF in Senegal, over 5,300 communities have abandoned the practice in just under a decade, bringing the country close to becoming the first in the world to declare total abandonment, expected by 2015.
The European Union is often criticised for the difficulty it has in transforming its well-intended policies into action. In the past days, we have seen some concrete measures to prove that argument wrong. I am talking about increasing coherence between the different EU policies which interlink with development and with our goal of overcoming poverty […]