Andris Piebalgs Travels to Afghanistan

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs in Afghanistan. Photo by: Massoud Hossaini / EU

In a recent visit to Afghanistan, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs discussed with government officials the future of EU cooperation and development program in the Asian country.

Piebalgs arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday (June 19) to meet with heads of U.N. agencies in the country and high-level government officials. Their discussions focused largely on the areas of justice, public administration, good governance and public finance management. The EU is ready to invest up to €200 million ($286.7 million) in 2011 in these sectors, according to a news release from the bloc.

Other priorities of EU aid for Afghanistan, which is expected to reach €600 million for the period 2011-2013, include agriculture, health and regional cooperation.

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