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Andris Piebalgs

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Latest posts
2014 Annual Report: Providing good answers to tough questions NEW
Andris Piebalgs 16 Hours, 55 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 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 31 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 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 43 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 2 Months, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 38 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 3 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 48 Minutes 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 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 50 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 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 40 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 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 13 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 7 Months, 1 Week, 12 Hours, 8 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 8 Months, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 14 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...
EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT DAYS – Building a universal approach to a better future NEW
Andris Piebalgs 8 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Number of Views :75How 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 an...
Winners of the Young voices against poverty video contest announced NEW
Andris Piebalgs 9 Months, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Number of Views :67Tulkojumu latviski skatiet zemāk You may remember a recent post about the ‘Young Voices Against Poverty’ video contest, launched in the context of the European Development Days 2013,  which will take place thi...
Putting people at the heart of our joint vision NEW
Andris Piebalgs 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Number of Views :26Today I had the pleasure of attending the Joint Africa-EU Civil Society Forum and speaking to the participants. Civil society organisations (CSOs) form an essential part of any truly democratic system. As defenders of and watchdogs...
Commissioner Piebalgs response to NGO Report on aid efficiency NEW
Andris Piebalgs 10 Months, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Number of Views :91I welcome today’s report by  Concord Aidwatch on financing for development and aid effectiveness. It points out relevant facts that I agree with, mostly the need for the EU and its Member States to make substan...
Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes EP support to EU-Mauritania fisheries partnership NEW
Andris Piebalgs 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Number of Views :74I am glad to see the European Parliament’s wide support to the EU-Mauritania fisheries partnership agreement. Today’s vote is a clear example of how different European policies can serve together to achieve the same pur...
Statement by EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on ECA report on EU support for governance in DRC NEW
Andris Piebalgs 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 11 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Number of Views :10I welcome today’s report from the Court of Auditors on the EU support to governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). I am glad to see that the Court acknowledges that the Commission’s work is part of a sou...
Commissioner Piebalgs’ response to NGO report on Policy Coherence for Development NEW
Andris Piebalgs 11 Months, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Number of Views :78Today CONCORD published its Spotlight Report on EU Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). Let’s start by clarifying what PCD means: A lot of what the EU and its Member States do in areas such as trade, agriculture, climate c...
Young voices against poverty: What would you change? Have your say! NEW
Andris Piebalgs 11 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Number of Views :111In the run-up to European Development Days 2013 - Europe’s premier forum on development, poverty eradication and sustainable development – we want you to have your say! The challenge All you have to do is make a short...
Literacy to empower those being left behind NEW
Andris Piebalgs 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Number of Views :24This weekend we commemorate the International Literacy Day (8 September) proclaimed by UNESCO. As we come closer to the target date to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, it becomes clear that literacy has been a...
Growing today to build a better future in Bolivia NEW
Andris Piebalgs 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Number of Views :49 While in Bolivia last week, I heard the following quote from one of the EU projects’ beneficiaries: “We should not exploit the Earth; we should help it give birth to life”. I have to admit that this is an idea o...