21 May 2013, Brussels - "It was with great distress and sadness that I learned about the tornado that shook Oklahoma causing destruction and loss of lives. On my personal behalf and in the name of the European Commission please accept our deepest sympathies. In this difficult hour our thoughts are with you and the friends and families of those killed and injured."
21 May 2013, Brussels - The EU will provide some €37 million to strengthen the fight against piracy in several Eastern and Southern African countries through support for the Programme to promote Regional Maritime Security (MASE).
This new support marks a step forward in the fight against piracy because it demonstrates the EU's on-going commitment to combatting this complex problem. Strengthening security in the maritime routes is crucial because it will help boosting trade and growth in the region.
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.