Administrator Samantha Power’s Trip to Brussels

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For Immediate Release

Friday, November 19, 2021

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Brussels, Belgium on November 19 to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the transatlantic partnership and participate in the Foreign Affairs Council Development (FAC-DEV) Ministerial.  She met with key leaders of the European Union (EU) and EU member states to discuss working together to address common challenges. 

Administrator Power met with Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships. During their meeting they discussed areas of alignment around the Build Back Better World Initiative and Global Gateway and discussed working together on joint initiatives to improve connectivity, including digital and energy cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. Administrator Power and Commissioner Urpilainen committed to renewing the EU’s partnership with Power Africa, and agreed on the urgency of supporting vaccine readiness in partner countries. They also discussed opportunities for collaboration on leveraging private sector and international financial institution resources, and the EU’s engagement with President Biden’s upcoming Summit for Democracy. 

Administrator Power then participated in the FAC-DEV ministerial, hosted by Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President (HR/VP) of the European Commission, along with the development ministers and representatives from the 27 EU member states. This marked the first time a USAID Administrator was invited to join FAC-DEV. In her remarks, the Administrator reinforced USAID’s and the U.S. Government’s commitment to transatlantic cooperation and the need to work together to address the multiple urgent crises facing the world. She discussed the need to close the gap between pledged and delivered COVID vaccines, and highlighted USAID’s commitment to working closely with our allies across the EU to achieve the ambitious commitments from the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The Administrator also discussed the need for cooperation to address the humanitarian crises in Ethiopia and Afghanistan, and the importance of working to strengthen fragile democracies around the world. 

Administrator Power then met with Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič and discussed ways to expand the global donor base for humanitarian assistance. They also discussed the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the need to find ways to continue necessary social services, especially education and health programs there. In a meeting with HR/VP Josep Borrell, the Administrator discussed a range of global challenges, including the crisis at the Belarus-Poland border.

Administrator Power sat down for an interview with a group of journalists to discuss the United States’ partnership with the EU, development priorities and her recent trip to Moldova. She then participated in a roundtable discussion with the Open Society European Policy Institute, civil society representatives and activists from Poland, Belarus, and Hungary to discuss ways the United States can work with both the EU and civil society to support democracy and fight corruption. 

Last updated: January 18, 2022

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