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Aug 1, 2012

Statement by EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the signature of the new Food Assistance Convention

On 1 August 2012, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva signed the Food Assistance Convention for the EU. This international agreement is under ratification in November 2012. It continues the work of the Food Aid Convention first negotiated in 1967. Parties to this treaty and its subsequent updates include 35 countries (all EU member states, plus Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the United States.) The Convention defines "global rules for food aid by major donors: it requires members to provide a minimum amount of food assistance, demonstrating an important commitment among donor states to address world hunger."

If the newest version of the Convention is ratified by a minimum of five signatories by 30 November 2012, it will enter into force on 1 January 2013.

Kristalina Georgieva is a Bulgarian national.  Prior to her appointment with the EU in 2010, she was a Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the World Bank from 2008 through 2010.

For more see:

"Statement by EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the signature of the new Food Assistance Convention," Europa Commission Memo, 1 August 2012.

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