“Granting development assistance as efficaciously as possible implies intensifying the dialogue between the donor states and the authorities in the beneficiary states,” said the Romanian official in context, who specified “the necessity to create partnerships between the new donors and the traditional ones for granting assistance.”
This was the first meeting of the ministers in charge of development attended by Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. The European officials talked with new administrator of the US Agency for International Development Rajiv Shah about the transatlantic partnership for development and the situation in Haiti, also reads the above-mentioned release.
During the debates, which were held on February 17 and 18, the European ministers in charge of development emphasized the importance of sending a common message of the EU, the greatest donor globally, to the Summit in New York on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will be held in September. This message should state again the pledge to achieve the MDGs by 2015.