President Jean-Claude Juncker together with the High Representative Vice-President Federica Mogherini, and the Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, launched the European Year of Development during the visit by the College of Commissioners to Riga. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, were also present.
2015 is set to be a special year for development, as the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals; and for the next set of goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – to be put in place. At the event in the national Library of Latvia, President Juncker said: "One of my priorities for this Commission is to strengthen Europe as a global actor. Europe can only be a global actor if Europeans understand how the role of the European Union and its Member States benefits us all in our interdependent world. And since 2015 is an important year in this regard, it is very timely to have a European Year for Development that will seek to foster the direct engagement of our citizens."
“The aim of the European Year for Development is to inform EU citizens about development cooperation by highlighting the results that the Union, acting together with Member States, has achieved as a global player”, added Commissioner Neven Mimica.
Full press release in English: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/eyd2015-press-release-20150109_en.pdf