Samoa to host region's largest solar array

Samoa to host region's largest solar array

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, April 24 (UPI) -- New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said his government was helping to support the construction of the region's largest solar energy project.
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Pacific islands need focus on renewables, EU says

Pacific islands need focus on renewables, EU says

BRUSSELS, April 22 (UPI) -- Renewable energy for Pacific island nations will help fight climate change and stimulate the region's economy, the European development commissioner said.
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EU not taking eye off Democratic Republic of Congo

BRUSSELS, March 4 (UPI) -- Security challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo are far from over, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said Tuesday.

EU offers aid to back peace mission in CAR

BRUSSELS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced Friday new aid to support operations of a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic.

EU offers grants to Central African nations

BRUSSELS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The European Union said Tuesday it was offering more than $4 billion in grants to address development issues in central African nations.

EU funding AU peacekeeping management systems

BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- In announcing a $17.2 million support package, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said African development can't happen without security.

EU concerned by lingering violence in Myanmar

BRUSSELS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- EU Commissioner for Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva said the European community was "extremely concerned" about ongoing violence in Myanmar.

Myanmar releases more political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Myanmar released 69 prisoners, including an environmental protester and two grandchildren of a former junta leader, ahead of its year-end deadline to release all activists and political detainees.

Europe sees challenges ahead for Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Myanmar has made remarkable progress but there are many challenges ahead for the Asian country, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said.

EU distributes financial aid to Mali

BRUSSELS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The European Union is expressing its ongoing commitment to Mali with an $830 million assistance package, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said Tuesday.

EU gives support to AU mission in Somalia

BRUSSELS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The European Union said Monday it was offering a peacekeeping mission in Somalia $163 million in assistance to help cover troop allowances.

EU, Ivory Coast combat illegal logging

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 14 (UPI) -- The European Union said it signed a voluntary partnership agreement with Ivory Coast to combat the problem of illegal logging.

Mali conference declared a success

BRUSSELS, May 21 (UPI) -- Last week's donor conference for Malian reconstruction exceeded expectations set by leading delegates, Malian and European leaders said Tuesday.

Royce: al-Qaida 'armed to the teeth'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Militants aligned with al-Qaida fighting in Mali and other parts of North Africa are "armed to the teeth," the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman said.

ICC aware of Malian abuses

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court said she was alarmed by reports that Malian forces committed abuses in their fight against northern rebels.
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Andris Piebalgs (born 17 September 1957) is a Latvian politician and diplomat, currently serving as European Commissioner for Development at the European Commission. Between 2004 and 2010 he served as Commissioner for Energy.

Andris Piebalgs was born on 17 September 1957 in Valmiera, Latvia. Piebalgs is a graduate in Physics from the University of Latvia. Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who occupied key positions in both national and European political fields. Earlier in his career, while Latvia was still part of the Soviet Union, Andris Piebalgs worked as a teacher and was the Headmaster of the 1st Secondary School of Valmiera (1980-1990). He also served as Director of the Department in the Ministry of Education in Latvia. He was a member of Communist Party of Soviet Union from 1979.

In 1988, Latvian People's Front, an organisation that united more than 200 000 people, was established. Supporters of Latvian self-determination gained victory in the elections of the Latvian Parliament on 18 March 1990. It was the first time since the Soviet occupation that candidates from various political parties were allowed to take part. On 7 May 1990, Andris Piebalgs was appointed as Minister of Education in the new Government, and one year later, in August 1991, Latvia regained full independence. Andris Piebalgs' main task was then to put in place the first independent education system in Latvia.

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