EU, US Officials Tackle Boosting Joint Development Efforts

A health worker at a clinic set up by U.S. Agency for International Development and partner, CIES in Bolivia. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs were due to meet on June 13 in the U.K. Photo by: USAID

Top development officials of the United States and the European Union were due to meet June 13 in the United Kingdom to discuss how to increase the U.S.-EU cooperation on global health, food security, climate change and aid effectiveness.

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs were expected to agree to establish a team of health experts who will explore future possible joint projects under the U.S.’s Global Health Initiative and the EU’s policy on global health.

Shah and Piebalgs were also expected to discuss how they can contribute to the outcome of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which will be held in November in Busan, South Korea.

“The EU and the US represent 80% of global aid. Our cooperation on strategic areas can make a real difference,” Piebalgs said ahead of the meeting, which is part of the EU-U.S. Development Dialogue.

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