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Andris Piebalgs

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We have not yet won the global race against polio NEW
Andris Piebalgs 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 33 Minutes ago
World Polio Day is a timely reminder of just how close we are to wiping polio off the face of the earth. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, bringing together international organisations, governments, foundations, healthcare providers and others...
Statement by Commissioner Piebalgs in reaction to the ECA’s report on effectiveness of blending regional investment facility grants with financial-institution loans NEW
Andris Piebalgs 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
I welcome today’s special report by the European Court of Auditors on the effectiveness of blending regional investment facility grants with financial-institution loans to support EU external policies. EU regional investment facilities have bee...
Celebrating Dr Mukwege as 2014 Sakharov Prize Winner NEW
Andris Piebalgs 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
I was very pleased to learn that the European Parliament has awarded Europe’s top human rights prize to Denis Mukwege for his work helping victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dr Mukwege founded a hospital for r...
World Food Day and the Global Hunger Index NEW
Andris Piebalgs 2 Months, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Today, as we mark World Food Day and just some days after the Global Hunger Index was published, is an important moment to reflect on where we stand on fighting global hunger. When I started as EU Development Commissioner five years ago, the number o...
A long-awaited Africa Energy Outlook NEW
Andris Piebalgs 2 Months, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Today the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its first ever Africa Energy Outlook. It represents ground-breaking work in examining the reality and challenges of energy and development in sub-Saharan Africa, and highlights the need for strengt...
Transparency pays off NEW
Andris Piebalgs 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Today the independent watchdog organisation Publish What You Fund published their annual Aid Transparency Index, which examines the performance of international donors, including a number of departments of the European Commission. We are delight...
Keeping ODA levels where they belong NEW
Andris Piebalgs 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Yesterday, the advocacy group ONE published its 2014 data report, in which it looks at international levels of official development assistance (ODA) and issues of financing development. For us, the report is a very valuable contribution to keeping tr...
Commemorating the International Day of Peace NEW
Andris Piebalgs 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours ago
This Sunday 21 September is the UN’s International Day of Peace; an important opportunity for people all over the world to come together to call for a more peaceful world. I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you an example of an EU p...
Hunger in the world: an encouraging new report from the three UN food agencies NEW
Andris Piebalgs 3 Months, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 13 Minutes ago
Today the three Rome-based UN food agencies –the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)- have published their latest annual report on food insecurit...
Human Rights Watch report on Sexual exploitation and abuse in Somalia NEW
Andris Piebalgs 3 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
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 cr...
2014 Annual Report: Providing good answers to tough questions NEW
Andris Piebalgs 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 4 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Every once in a while, I meet people who ask me, ‘ why does the EU spend part of taxpayers’ money abroad, when there are so flagrant needs within its own borders?’ Personally, I do not share this concern as I can witness on a regula...
Open Working Group: a valuable report on the road to the Sustainable Development Goals NEW
Andris Piebalgs 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals has just published its Outcome Document – the culmination of a lengthy process that brings together the follow –up of the 2010 UN  Summit on the Millennium Development Goa...
Statement by Commissioner Piebalgs on the adoption of the 2014 Accountability Report on Financing for Development NEW
Andris Piebalgs 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
The EU Annual Accountability Report on Financing for Development has just been published, and it shows progress on a range of commitments. Financing played a key role in development: in 2013 and the EU and its Member States alone provided €56.5...
A battle worth the fight NEW
Andris Piebalgs 6 Months, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Today I had a very enlightening meeting, the result of a long fight that we should be winning despite the odds. I have had the opportunity to meet personally with Emmanuel de Mérode, the director of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Repu...
An image is worth a thousand words – some say… NEW
Andris Piebalgs 7 Months, 6 Days, 9 Hours ago
So, let me just add a few words here!  I recently had the privilege to visit some very remote islands in the Pacific, such as Samoa, in the picture, accompanying New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully. There, we are jointly imp...
Girls kidnapping: This can’t be business as usual NEW
Andris Piebalgs 7 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
One can only condemn again and again the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria last month, and the fact that even more girls continued to be abducted afterwards, supposedly by the same group. This can&rsq...
Making progress on TB – battle far from being won NEW
Andris Piebalgs 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Today, on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day I take the opportunity to put this issue in the spotlight. With modern antibiotics, TB is much less common in Europe nowadays than in the past, and usually treatable, if diagnosed in time, but in lower incom...
Stepping-up the team work towards development objectives NEW
Andris Piebalgs 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 25 Minutes ago
Number of Views :9The 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 increasi...
Statement by Commissioner Piebalgs on new report on EU Development assistance to Central Asia NEW
Andris Piebalgs 11 Months, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Number of Views :8I welcome today’s report and recommendations by the European Court of Auditors about EU’s development cooperation with Central Asian countries. It’s gratifying to see that the Court considers the planning and alloc...
13 things well done in 2013 NEW
Andris Piebalgs 1 Year, 9 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Number of Views :7Another year has almost gone by. And it has certainly not been an easy one in the international scene, with the worsening of Syrian conflict, the Central African Republic outbreak and, unfortunately, many others that could be added...