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European Commission Daily News 27th September

EU announces € 25 million for education in crisis contexts and € 140 million to support research on sustainable food systems

Speaking at the world event ”  Global Citizen Live  ” President  von der Leyen has announced that the European Union undertook to pay 140 million euros to support research on sustainable food systems and fight against food hunger through CGIAR , as well as an additional € 25 million for Education Cannot Wait, a global fund for the education of children in emergencies and protracted crises, especially girls, children with disabilities, minorities and other marginalized children. The new funding brings the total EU contribution to the Education Cannot Wait program to € 52.5 million, accelerating its impact and reach worldwide. Ursula von der Leyen , President of the European Commission, said:“We must join forces to fight the coronavirus and rebuild the world even better. Europe is doing its part. Since the start, Europeans have shipped 800 million doses of vaccines around the world, even when we didn’t have enough for ourselves. Today, we must redouble our efforts to help end this global pandemic, end hunger and provide children everywhere with equal opportunities. Team Europe has already pledged to donate 500 million doses of vaccines to vulnerable countries by next summer. In addition, the European Commission is now committing € 140 million to improve global food security and reduce extreme poverty, and € 25 million for Education Cannot Wait, thus supporting the The Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: ”  We must unite our efforts to return the ODD on track. As we continue to see, we can never take access to education for granted. Coordinated global actions will be critical to achieving sustainable transformation of food systems from an environmental, social and economic perspective .  Further information is available online in the press release and the information sheet on the global reaction to the Team Europe Covid-19.

Executive Vice-Presidents Vestager and Dombrovskis in the United States to discuss tech, trade, competition and the transatlantic agenda

From 26 September to 1 October, Executive Vice-Presidents Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrovskis will be in the United States, where they will meet senior US officials and participate in the first-ever meeting of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council (TTC). Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will first travel to Washington, DC, where he will speak today at an event on transatlantic cooperation organised by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Executive Vice-President Vestager will first be in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a keynote at the Code Conference 2021. While in Washington, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will also meet with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva; Janet Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury; Jerome Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve; Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative; and Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce. He will hold meetings with Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Executive Vice-Presidents will then travel to Pittsburgh, where they will participate in the inaugural meeting of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council, which was launched earlier this year by President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and US President Joe Biden. Executive Vice-President Vestager will then head to New York where she will meet with UN Secretary General António Guterres before giving a keynote speech at the Fordham’s 48th Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy. She will then meet with the acting assistant attorney general of the US Department of Justice, Richard Powers. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will finish his visit in New York as well, where he will participate in a Ministerial Meeting of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity, as well as hold meetings with Special Envoy on Climate Michael Bloomberg and senior business leaders.

Commissioner Sinkevičius on an official visit to Ireland

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, is travelling to Ireland today and tomorrow on his first official visit to Ireland with the aim to discuss both environmental and fisheries topics. He will start with a visit to the ‘Wild Atlantic Nature’ – a project area funded by the EU programme LIFE, followed by a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue and a meeting with representatives of fishers’ organisations. At the end of the first day, Commissioner Sinkevičius will do a viewing of a landing by a pelagic vessel or other activity in a harbour near Killybegs. On Tuesday, he will start with a Blue economy project visit. He will then have exchanges with Minister of State for Agriculture with responsibility for land use and biodiversity, Pippa Hackett, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue. Finally, Commissioner Sinkevičius will meet scientists and NGOs and have a courtesy meeting with the Taoiseach Micheál Martin. A press point with the Commissioner and Minister McConalogue will take place today at 18:00 CET. 

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