Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs travels to Haiti, on 6 March, for a two-day visit, during which he will announce a new aid package worth €100 million aimed to invest in economic development to improve the country’s infrastructure. “Our ambition is now to accelerate the reconstruction and development process,” Piebalgs said ahead of his visit. “We are launching, together with the Haitian authorities, a plan for the two years to come, focusing on bringing more help to the people who need it most,” he added. After the 2010 earthquake, the European Commission had pledged €522 million to the country. It has committed to around 75% of the funds so far.