17 May 2013, Brussels – In her speech today Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EU Commission, noted, "Our laws and our policies are supporting the fight against discrimination of LGBT people.
One key achievement of the EU is our Charter of Fundamental Rights which, since the Lisbon Treaty, is legally binding on EU institutions when they propose laws and on Member States whenever they implement EU laws. The text is unambiguous. It prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation."
15 May 2013, Brussels - An international donor conference 'Together for a new Mali', organised by the European Union and France, together with Mali, took place in Brussels today. Represented at the highest levels, the international community has mobilised decisively in support of Mali's development priorities. Donors have made public financial commitments on the basis of the Plan for the Sustainable Recovery of Mali 2013-2014 (PRED) presented by the Malian government. Of the €4.343 billion budget needed to implement the PRED, financial commitments and pledges for a total of €3.25 billion, have been announced by the donors.
12 May 2013, Brussels - The European Commission is announcing today an additional €65 million in response to the rapidly growing scale of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in Syria. With more intense fighting in Syria and just three months after pledging € 100 million at the Kuwait donors' conference, the Commission is stepping up its effort to fund aid agencies because of the scale of the emergency.