20 October 2011, 14:00, Sheraton Hotel, Sofia
On 20 October 2011, at 14:00, at the Sheraton Hotel, in Sofia, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, together with Open Society Institute – Sofia and the Bulgarian Diplomatic Institute, and with the support of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, organized a public lecture by EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, entitled “How European Development Cooperation Contributes to the Transformation of the Global Order”.
Mr. Piebalgs emphasized on the necessity for collective cooperation in the struggle against world threats. According to him, the main reasons for wars and conflicts were poverty and insecurity, and this required teamwork for improving the situation in poor countries. The EU Commissioner pointed out the EU’s leading role as an aid donor with its 50 billion Euros annually – a help, which should be considered an investment in Europe’s future, he added. The basic principle the EU had proposed when working towards partnership with these countries was “more for more” – more assistance for countries that implemented more reforms, he said.
At the end of his speech, Mr. Piebalgs called for uniting the efforts of all the EU Member States, in order to fight poverty, and for coordinating our actions with other global partners, such as the USA, China and Japan. He also added that if countries, which had the means to help, did not do it, this would inevitably affect problems with international significance, like deforestation and soil erosion. “No one can tell when a crisis will burst out, but the EU needs to be ready to support democratization, sustained growth and market development in countries around the world.”