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Brussels, 23 June 2010

Commissioner Piebalgs goes to Romania to promote development policy

Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, will visit Romania on 24-25 June 2010 to open the third edition of the "Romanian Development Camp", this year dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Commissioner will also hold bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister, Mr Emil Boc, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Teodor Baconschi, the Minister of Finance, Mr Sebastian Vlădescu and with representatives of the Parliament and civil society.

Ahead of the visit, Commissioner Piebalgs stated: "European leaders reaffirmed commitment towards achieving Millennium Development Goals and reaching development aid targets by 2015 during the European Council last week. I welcome the support from Romanian leaders to keep development policy at the heart of the foreign affairs agenda. The country has a vast experience of transition, democratic change and economic reform. That experience must not be lost – let's use that together to assist our partner countries in transforming their governance and building their own societies and institutions."

Bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister and other Ministers, as well as participation at the Romanian Development Camp will be an opportunity for the Commissioner to present the EU Action Plan in support of MDGs. He will also underline the need to engage Romania in collective EU efforts in order to reach development policy commitments.

In 2009, Romania allocated €99 million to Official Development Assistance, meaning 0.08% of GDP, which places it among the smallest aid contributors among the EU members. Despite the current financial situation, Romania managed to slightly increase their OD contribution compared to 2008 (€94 million, i.e. 0.07% GDP).

Background

The Romanian Development Camp has been launched in 2008 and has become an annual event that brings together stakeholders in development cooperation at national and European level.

Its main objective is to strengthen the national actors’ capacity to implement Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects and programs, in close cooperation with the Romanian ODA partner countries and other European actors.

This year’s edition aims at presenting and discussing the contribution of new donors to reach the Millennium Development Goals


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