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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 251]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 251]
Send date: 2010-12-03 17:55:29
Issue #: 67
Content:
Bulletin CTA
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

Main events in the week
  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 06/12 to 10/12/2010
  2. European Development Days
  3. EU agreement on food labelling taking shape
  4. Be Flexible on EPAs
  5. Zuma Disappointed At Europe-Africa Partnership
  6. EU to focus on bilateral deals, Doha, and beyond
  7. EAC-EU trade deal risks flopping again over funds dilemma, litigious clause
  8. EPA: ‘EU needs to specify the volume of development finance
  9. EU urged to 'show leadership' in Cancún climate talks
  10. EU urged to allow trace GM in food imports:source
  11. EU to continue to aid Africa's growth
  12. How do we stay below a global temperature increase of 2°C
  13. World AIDS Day
  14. ACP-EU: Kinshasa summits looks at UN goals
  15. EU warns climate talks risk irrelevance as Cancún opens
  16. What funding for EU external action after 2013?
  17. Residence rights for refugees and people under international protection
  18. Africa accounts for 9% of EU27 trade
  19. The EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund
  20. Call for global solidarity in front of growing Humanitarian needs
  21. World AIDS Day 2010


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 06/12 to 10/12/2010
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Archive

    European Development Days (Brussels)

    6-7th December

    European Parliament Political Groups Meetings Week (Brussels)

    6-7th December

    Fighting illicit flows from developing countries (Brussels)

    Eurodad

    7-8th December

    ACP-EU Microfinance Programme (Brussels)

    ACP Secretariat

    8th December

    EU Foreign Affairs Council (Development)

    9th December




  2. European Development Days
    2010-12-03

    Come and join the European Development Days on 6 and 7 December in BrusselsOn 6 and 7 December, the European Commission will organise the 5th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, in cooperation with the Belgian Presidency of the European Union. President José Manuel Barroso will deliver a keynote speech at the opening of this major political discussion forum which brings together current and former Heads of State and Government from Europe, Africa and rest of the world; high-level representatives of governments, international organisations as well as development practitioners, NGOs, media and civil society. Organised a few days after the Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli, in parallel to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancún, the European Development Days provide a timely and focused interface for stakeholders and governments to address global challenges in an open and often informal atmosphere.CTA will have a stand and will finance the participation of around 30 organisations form Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to attend and to display their information products.

    Source: eudevdays.eu


    Link Read more


  3. EU agreement on food labelling taking shape
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    Member states are nearing a deal on new food labelling rules that would leave wiggle room for industry to use their own labelling schemes and choose whether to show nutritional information on the front or back of a product's packaging. The 27 EU ministers in charge of consumer affairs are set to reach a political agreement on the proposal at a meeting next Monday (6 December).The expected deal comes after a first reading in the European Parliament last summer saw lawmakers reject calls by health and consumer groups for a traffic light system giving a visual warning for high fat, sugar or salt content in a product. The Parliament vote was largely seen as a victory for the food industry, which had lobbied fiercely against the traffic light system, currently in force in the UK. A final agreement on the proposal will nevertheless still be far from certain after Monday's meeting, as there are still major differences between the ministers' and the Parliament's positions.

     Source: EurActiv.com


    Link Read more
    Link European Parliament


  4. Be Flexible on EPAs
    2010-12-03

    Prime Minister Bernard Makuza, has urged the European Commission to accelerate the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and come up with a conclusion as soon as possible. The Premier, made the call during the 2010 Africa-European Union Summit in Tripoli."African countries have been involved in the negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Commission for almost a decade," Makuza said."These negotiations have borne great cost in terms of time and resources to both the African countries and the European Commission."The Prime Minister pointed out that despite the importance of the EPAs and the commitment of African countries, no African country has been able to conclude and sign a comprehensive EPA with the European Commission."The problem lies in the failure to resolve some of the contentious issues in the EPA negotiations, including development dimension, definition of 'substantially all trade and transitional period thresholds', export taxes, quantitative restrictions, increase on tariffs, MFN Clause, and Non Execution Clause," the Premier told the Summit.

    Source: Allafrica


    Link Read more
    Link Tripoli Declaration


  5. Zuma Disappointed At Europe-Africa Partnership
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    President Jacob Zuma says the economic partnership that Africa entered with Europe 10 years ago has not produced the intended results for both regions."We are concerned that after ten years of this partnership we have very little to show in terms of tangible implementation of the undertaking we made in both Cairo and Lisbon," he said at 3rd Africa-European Union Summit which ended in Tripoli onNovember 30. He cautioned the summit against committing on another Action Plan when commitments made in the past in this partnership have not been implemented.The slow pace of rural infrastructure development in Africa also hampered the marketing and movement of agriculture products from one region to another."Africa faces unique challenges with regard to agriculture and food security. These range from low productivity and poor infrastructure, to weak market access as well as weak institutions and policies."Nearly all of Africa's farming systems were dependent on rain-fed agriculture, and this makes our agricultural productivity entirely dependent on the environment and vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

    Source:ALLafrica


    Link Read more
    Link 3rd Africa-EU Summit


  6. EU to focus on bilateral deals, Doha, and beyond
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Commission  set out a blueprint for an EU trade strategy that would help boost growth and job creation in Europe.The paper does not represent a significant departure from the EU’s four-year-old ‘global Europe’ strategy, which called for free trade agreements (FTAs) with some key trading partners, cooperation to reduce non-tariff barriers with others, efforts to open up public procurement and investment markets, and the enforcement of existing trade commitments, including through the use of trade remedies.Instead, the Commission focuses on how lowering trade barriers could help the Europe recover from the global economic downturn, looking at potential contributions to increased growth, purchasing power, and employment. The report is intended to highlight trade’s role in the EU’s growth strategy for the upcoming decade, dubbed Europe 2020. “Trade is working for Europe’s economic recovery by ensuring growth and jobs”, said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. “A renewed trade strategy will open markets and connect Europe to the main sources and regions of global growth. My aim is to ensure that European business gets a fair deal and that our rights are respected so that all of us can enjoy the benefits of trade.”The Commission says that concluding agreements in the Doha Round negotiations and the ongoing bilateral FTA talks with major trading partners such as India and Mercosur would boost the EU’s GDP by more than 1 percent per year. For other, “strategic,” partners, such as the US, China, Russia, and Japan, it stops short of calling for full-fledged FTAs, but instead calls for joint action to tackle non-tariff barriers. industries. The report estimates that removing only half the non-tariff barriers from trade with the US would boost the EU’s GDP by 0.5 percent. Russia and China are singled out for a cautious approach on the grounds that both countries pursue policies based on “state capitalism.”

    Source:Bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link Draft Report "Europe 2020"


  7. EAC-EU trade deal risks flopping again over funds dilemma, litigious clause
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The long awaited signing of a trade partnership between East African Community member states and the European Union this month, could flop once again due to a lack of funds to initiate negotiations.Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in charge of the EAC Ministry, David Nalo says that the secretariat lacks funds to convene member states ahead of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.It is also emerging that EAC members states are unhappy with some clauses of the partnership, which they say will hinder them from freely trading with other partners.A document titled Progress on the EAC-EC-EPA Negotiations, seen by The EastAfrican, indicates that among the contentious issues between the two camps is Article 16 of the framework.Under this clause, the European Commission insists that in the event EAC countries open up more trade under a Free Trade Area with major trading economies, (whom EC defines as countries whose share in total global trade is at least one per cent), same benefits should be passed to the EU.EPAs experts say the article is a hindrance to economic growth because it locks EAC’s trade with other blocs even where terms are more favourable.

    Source:Bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link The East African Community (EAC)


  8. EPA: ‘EU needs to specify the volume of development finance
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Union needs to spell out the sources and the volume of money it is providing for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) development programme, the President of National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS, Ken Ukaoha has said.The African heads of states and governments and the parliaments had unanimously directed that the region may not sign any EPA except the EU commits to finance West Africa’s Development programme to take care of the possible impacts of the agreements on their economies.Speaking in Abuja at a stakeholder’s review of EU-ECOWAS EPA negotiations, the NANTS President said that the clarification became necessary with regards to the difference between 9.5 billion Euro presented by ECOWAS and the 6.5 billion Euro accepted by the EU in the financing. He said that while the EU has eventually accepted to help finance West Africa’s EPA development programme, a considerable number of differences needs to be settled.“I should note particularly, that while differences have been resolved on some issues, for instance the EU acceptance to help finance West Africa’s EPA development programme,the parties are yet to reach an agreement on the sources and volume of such financing,” he said.He said that it is widely recognized that if substantial progress is to be made and negotiations concluded soon, there will be a need for greater flexibility from the EU as regards most issues.

    Souce: Nigerian Best Forum


    Link Read more
    Link ECOWAS


  9. EU urged to 'show leadership' in Cancún climate talks
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Parliament has called on EU leaders to "demonstrate real political leadership" during the UN climate change negotiations which start next week in Cancún, Mexico.Parliament adopted a resolution which "deplores the fact that there has not been more progress" in preparing for the climate summit.The resolution underlines a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 which is "essential for the future sustainable economic growth of the European economy."French Liberal member Corinne Lepage said, "Parliament has sent a very clear message: Europe must increase its ambition and reduce its emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2020."This is vital to maintain a chance of avoiding disastrous effects resulting from climate change, but it is also in the interest of our economy, as low energy consumption is increasingly becoming a factor of competitiveness."Irish deputy Bairbre de Brún, co-author of the resolution agreed, saying, "Real leadership and political will are needed in Cancún and we must not use the global economic crisis as an excuse for inaction, or for denying climate justice."The resolution calls for substantive steps to be agreed in Cancún, and stresses the historical responsibility borne by developed countries for irreversible climate change as well as their obligation to assist the developing countries and the least-developed countries in adapting to this change."We call on the commission and member states to ensure that climate financing is in addition to fulfilling their targets in providing 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) as official development assistance (ODA)."As for actions that must be taken within the EU, parliament has clearly called today for the EU to adopt a domestic greenhouse gas emissions  reduction target of 30 per cent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, and for the 20 per cent energy efficiency target to become binding."

    Source: The Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP)
    Link United Nations Environment Programme


  10. EU urged to allow trace GM in food imports:source
    2010-12-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    A number of European Union governments on urged the bloc's executive to allow tiny traces of genetically modified (GM) material in food imports for human consumption as well as in animal feed, an EU source said. But it is not yet clear whether enough EU governments support the change to force the European Commission to amend its proposal, and a final decision is unlikely before January at the earliest.The Commission has proposed allowing up to 0.1 percent of unapproved GM material in feed imports, provided the GM crop in question has been approved in the exporting country and there is a valid EU testing method for the unapproved variety.EU and national officials met in Brussels late on Monday to discuss the draft plans, which are meant to avoid a repeat of last year's disruption to feed imports, when several U.S. grain shipments were blocked after being found to contain traces of unapproved GM material.A number of member states asked the Commission to include food imports in the proposal, said the source, who was in the meeting and would not specify which countries requested the change.

    Source: checkbiotech.org


    Link Read more
    Link European Commission
    Link  European Parliament


  11. EU to continue to aid Africa's growth
    2010-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    80 European and African Heads of State and Government have convened in Tripoli for a two day meeting under the overarching theme “Investment, Economic Growth and Job Creation” with the aim to bring the cooperation between the two continents to a new, more ambitious level. The Summit essentially delivered a political declaration and a 2nd plan of action for the years 2011-2013. It discussed extensively questions of economic growth and job creation.
    Between the Summit in Cairo 2000 and Lisbon 2007, 7 years were spent without any agreement to meet at this level. With the Joint Africa-EU Strategy agreed in Lisbon in 2007, Leaders also agreed to meet every 3 years. Under circumstances sometimes complicated, the holding of the Summit in Tripoli was a challenge in view of the number of obstacles of political nature.

    Source: European commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Africa Partnership


  12. How do we stay below a global temperature increase of 2°C
    2010-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    In the margin of the UN climate change summit in Cancún (Mexico), the EU presented a new scientific reference document. It shows that the pledges of the Copenhagen Accord are not satisfactory to limit global warming to 2°C.

    The aim of the Copenhagen Accord is to limit global warming of the climate to maximum 2°C to prevent "dangerous anthropogenic interference" with the climate system. It called on all parties to make emission reduction pledges for 2020 to achieve the 2°C target.

    The ‘Scientific perspectives after Copenhagen’ report discusses a number of important scientific and technical aspects of international efforts to achieve the 2°C target. It also assesses the pledges the different countries in Copenhagen made to reduce their total emission.

    Conditions for 2°C target
    A number of scientists in the EU made an assessment of the most relevant studies, including the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and laid down three conditions that could ensure a likely chance of achieving the 2°C target:

    •A peak in emissions is required by approximately 2015. The later the peak occurs, the steeper the decline in emissions would need to be in the subsequent decades. Feasibility may be exceeded and the costs of reduction measures will raise substantially.
    •A decrease in emissions of 50-70% relative to 1990 levels is necessary by 2050. This assumes further emission reductions after 2050.
    •Reductions of long-lived greenhouse gases, such as CO2 are essential. In addition, reductions of the short-lived greenhouse gases, black carbon aerosol, tropospheric ozone, and aviation-induced cloudiness could also make an important contribution.

    Source: Belgian EU Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link Cancun
    Link Copenhagen Accord


  13. World AIDS Day
    2010-12-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    December 1 marks the 22nd Worlds Aids Day, with the red ribbon worn in support of the 33 million people living with HIV around the world, including 2,5 million children. A hearing in the European Parliament on 30 November on Human rights and Aids showed that HIV infected people face discrimination worldwide and in the EU.
    Finnish Green Heidi Hautala, who chairs the human rights Sub-committee told the hearing, "it's about time to look at health and human rights".

     Crisis in Sub-Saharian Africa

    While Romanian Socialist Corina Cretu, Vice Chair of the Development Committee called for  attention to be focused on Sub-Saharian Africa, where 78% of HIV cases occur, as well as on women and children from low income countries, who are infected through sexual abuse, including rape as in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "Only by protecting the rights of those living with AIDS will we protect the rights of all,". Henning Mikkelsen, from the UN AIDS Office in Brussels said. Some 79 countries criminalise same-sex relations and 55 countries impose HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay or residence, he said and proposed reforming laws and training police and health-care workers on non-discrimination and confidentiality.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Watch Committee hearing
    Link EU policies towards AIDS


  14. ACP-EU: Kinshasa summits looks at UN goals
    2010-12-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Aid effectiveness

    One of the few Parliamentary assemblies bringing together MPs from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific will meet in the Kinshasa this week. MEPs from the European Parliament will be there to discuss issues ranging from mortality among mothers and the UN's Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction to security in the Sahel and Sahara region of Africa. The situation of the host nation - the Democratic Republic of Congo will also be discussed. The meeting from 2-4 December is the 20th meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and brings together elected representatives from almost 80 countries. During last week's plenary session, MEPs scrutinised a report by the head of the Parliament's Development Committee, Eva Joly, on progress over the last year.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU
    Link The ACP-EU assembly of 2009


  15. EU warns climate talks risk irrelevance as Cancún opens
    2010-12-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The UN climate change process "risks losing momentum and relevance" if the new round of negotiations that opened in Cancún yesterday (29 November) fails to make progress towards a new climate treaty, the EU's climate action commissioner has warned. Some of the issues that could be agreed in back-room negotiations in the Mexican town include rules on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emission reductions, key elements of a programme reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and mechanisms to transfer technology to developing countries. Much, however, will depend on funding to help developing countries deal with climate change. The EU will try to break the deadlock between rich and poor countries by presenting its fast-start finance report at the talks, showing that in 2010, it mobilised €2.2bn from the total of €7.2bn it said it would deliver over the next three years. It is hoping other developed countries will follow its lead.The negotiating parties could also agree on key principles governing the future Green Fund that is to support developing countries in cutting their emissions and adapting to the inevitable consequences of climate change. Cancún could also start the process of setting up the fund. The EU's to-do list also includes reforming the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which allows industrialised countries to meet a proportion of their targets by funding projects to reduce emissions in developing countries. It would like to improve its efficiency and environmental credentials, and scale up UN carbon market mechanisms to include entire sectors in advanced developing countries.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU and the Cancun Conference
    Link Q&A on Cancun Conference


  16. What funding for EU external action after 2013?
    2010-12-01

    The objective of this public consultation is to gather ideas and opinions on the future of the financial instruments that the European Union has at its disposal to fulfil its worldwide responsibilities. Responses are requested on a range of issues. These include the added value of EU financial intervention in several areas, the options for new forms of cooperation and delivery mechanisms with partner countries, as well as the efficiency, impact and visibility of EU external cooperation.The online consultation, which is open to all stakeholders, is preparing the ground for the Commission legislative proposals to be presented in 2011 on the financial perspectives after 2013.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link The consultation document
    Link The questionnaire


  17. Residence rights for refugees and people under international protection
    2010-12-01

    Refugees and other beneficiaries of international protection could acquire long-term resident status in the EU, under new rules approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. These rules, to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole in December, would give refugees the same rights as other third-country nationals with long-term resident status, including free movement within the EU and, under certain conditions, equal treatment with EU citizens in a wide range of economic and social areas. This legislation, which amends an EU directive of 2003, will bring "direct benefit to all the beneficiaries of international protection who have been residing legally on the territory of the EU for more than 5 years, but currently have no entitlement to long-term resident status. It will bring an end to their differential treatment vis-à-vis other third country nationals, and will give them greater certainty about their situation in the EU", said Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), who is steering the legislation through Parliament.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


  18. Africa accounts for 9% of EU27 trade
    2010-12-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    After six years of steady growth, the EU27 trade in goods with Africa dropped in 2009, with exports falling by 10% and imports by one third, compared with 2008. As a result, the EU27 deficit in trade with Africa, which reached a peak of 40 billion euro in 2008, turned into a small surplus of 1 bn in 2009. The first nine months of 2010 showed a renewed growth in EU27 trade with Africa. Exports rose from 79 bn in the first nine months of 2009 to 90 bn in the same period of 2010, and imports from 79 bn to 96 bn. As a result, the EU27 trade balance with Africa moved from in balance in the first nine months of 2009 to a deficit of 6 bn in the same period of 2010. In the first nine months of 2010, Africa accounted for 9% of the EU27's total trade in goods. On the occasion of the third EU-Africa Summit, which takes place on 29 and 30 November 2010 in Tripoli in Libya, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issues data on trade in goods between the 27 Member States of the EU and 53 African countries.

    Soure: EU-Africa Partnership


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  19. The EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund
    2010-12-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    Limited access to transport, communications, water and energy is a major obstacle to economic growth in Africa. The World Bank estimates that to make good its delay where infrastructures are concerned, Africa will need 93 billion dollars annually, twice the amount which is currently available. (2009 World Bank report Africa's Infrastructure: A Time for Transformation).This serious deficit of infrastructures is a challenge which the European Union and Africa have committed to address together, in particular by means of the Partnership for African Infrastructure. The key instrument of this partnership, the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, created jointly by the European Commission, the member states of the EU and the European Investment Bank (EIB), has been operational since 2007. The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission are vital partners in this initiative. The vocation of the Trust Fund is to stimulate investment in massive cross-border infrastructure projects with a view to encouraging regional cooperation and integration in Sub-Saharan Africa, thus contributing to the strengthening of business exchanges, economic growth and human development.

     Source: EU-Africa Partnership


    Link Read more
    Link African Development Bank


  20. Call for global solidarity in front of growing Humanitarian needs
    2010-11-30

    The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, and the Director of UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, Rashid Khalikov have called for a generous response by all global actors, in the presentation of the 2011 UN Consolidated Appeal Process in a conference today in Brussels. “Humanitarian needs around the world are on the rise. Alleviating the suffering of the people affected by natural disasters, violent crises and conflicts is a matter of global solidarity. The European Union, as the biggest world donor of Humanitarian will work shoulder to shoulder with UN agencies and with all our other partners to make a difference on the ground between life and death. Current economic crisis should not make us forget those who suffer the most”, said Dr. Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. “We are here today because tens of millions of people will need emergency assistance in order to survive in 2011. Conflicts and natural disasters will continue to disrupt the lives and livelihoods of populations and will limit their access to essentials such as drinking water and health care. The worst-affected are often also the most vulnerable ones that additional shocks can push deeper into poverty. This Appeal is asking for resources to meet the needs of the affected populations through provision of life-saving assistance," said Rashid Khalikov, Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. "The appeal at hand is the largest one we have ever launched. We will be successful in addressing humanitarian needs only if the international community comes together and provides us with the necessary resources”, he added.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link ECHO


  21. World AIDS Day 2010
    2010-11-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    To commemorate World AIDS Day, EU Commissioner for Health John Dalli will give a keynote speech at a seminar on HIV testing in the European Parliament. Early detection is vital for early treatment and increasing life expectancy, as estimates show that about one third of people infected with HIV in Europe are unaware they have it. To fight AIDS on a global scale, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs recently announced a 10% increase in contributions to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), to which the EU is already the largest donor, providing 52% of resources. The increase would allow the Commission to contribute around €1.3 billion over the period 2002-2013. On the eve of the annual World Aids Day, John Dalli, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy said: "HIV and AIDS have been causing great suffering to people and communities across the world for more than a quarter of century. Testing is an important first step to fight the virus. Today is the time to build up momentum; and strengthen our commitment to fight this terrible disease." Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development added: "Without a healthy population it is impossible to create inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals. AIDS remains one of the most deadly diseases and we have to increase our efforts in preventing the spread of this virus." Despite the overall decrease in the number of new infections, the total number of people living with HIV worldwide continues to grow. The number of people living with HIV globally now stands at 33.4 million. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the worst affected region, accounting for 71% of all new HIV infections in 2008. As the world's biggest donor of development aid, the European Commission remains committed to its engagement in fighting AIDS in cooperation with its partner countries all over the world.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link HIV/AIDS
    Link Health



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