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Commissioner Piebalgs visits three West-African countries

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Friday, 07 February 2014

Commissioner Piebalgs visits three West-African countries

EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will begin on Monday a high level visit to Mauritania, Senegal and the Cape Verde, where he will underline the EU’s ongoing commitment to supporting the region and confirm future funding for the three countries.
The visit will be the Commissioner’s first ever to Senegal and Cape Verde, and first high level visit since 2008 to Mauritania. He will meet Heads of states, ministers and representatives of civil society of the three countries, and discuss future priorities and ongoing areas of cooperation, notably to implement EU's development blueprint known as the "Agenda for Change", as well as regional issues of common interest and the post-2015 agenda (when the current Millennium Development Goals are due to expire).
Speaking ahead of the visit, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs said: "I am happy to see how the Agenda for Change is contributing to the support of inclusive and sustainable growth in the region, notably through sustainable agriculture and energy".
The Commission’s high level visit will be a key opportunity for the Commissioner to meet African leaders ahead of the 4th Africa-EU Summit, which will take place in Brussels on 2-3 April 2014. Mauritania has the presidency of the AU in 2014 and will co-preside over the events of the EU-Africa Summit. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is also one of the ten members of the High Level Committee on the post 2015 process.

Source: European Commission