5 December 2013, Brussels - "This is a very sad day not only for South Africa, but for the entire international community. We mourn the death of one of the greatest political figures of our times. Nelson Mandela was not only key in transforming South Africa into the democratic country it is today.
Nelson Mandela represents the fight against racism, political violence and intolerance. He represents justice, freedom and respect for human rights. He taught us all a major lesson in reconciliation, political transition and social transformation. Only a person with his profound humanity, moral integrity and authority and clear vision for the future of his country, could have achieved this."
6 December 2013, Brussels - As the political and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) has progressi6 December 2013, Brussels - As the political and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) has progressively deteriorated for more than a year now, the EU Commission has continued to mobilise its development aid to help people and improve their security.
On 5 December 2013 the EU endorsed a request from the African Union for funding of €50 million for the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (AFISM-CAR).
2 December 2013, Brussels - The European Union will today announce new support of €370 million (over US $500 million) for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria for the period 2014-2016, at a conference in Washington, where donors are expected to set out their pledges for future support to fight against the three diseases. The conference will take place just one day after World AIDS Day.