29 Feb 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 29 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
New survey shows highest support for development aid amongst EU citizens in 6 years
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, today presented the results from the EU’s International Cooperation and Development Eurobarometer survey. Figures show that the vast majority of Europeans hold a positive view about the benefits of international cooperation and development. Almost three quarters of those participating in the survey agreed that development aid is an effective way to tackle irregular migration (73%) and 80% of Europeans believe that development is in the EU’s own interest. Following the announcement of the results, Commissioner Mimica said: “Eurobarometer results clearly show that EU citizens know about and value the importance of the EU’s international cooperation and development. Almost nine out of ten respondents think that helping developing countries is important, while more than seven out of ten agree that tackling poverty in developing countries has a positive influence on EU citizens. So at a time when Europe is challenged to make the case of its relevance to its citizens, we should seize this opportunity and make sure that we show the results of what we do, the impact it has on the ground, the difference it makes to the lives of people and how it benefits Europe’s values and interests.” A press release is available online.
Commission welcomes US reopening of its market to Dutch beef
The United States announced that it will lift its ban on beef from the Netherlands. This is a welcome step towards the re-opening of the US market, closed since the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) outbreak in the 1990s. After Ireland and Lithuania, the Netherlands is the third EU country to gain access to the US market since the BSE-related ban. The opening of the US market to Dutch beef sends a positive signal to producers in other parts of the EU that are still waiting for the end of the disproportionately strict and lasting US trade restrictions. EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström and Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan welcomed the reopening of the market in a press release available online.