• Today we remember with great sadness the many thousands of innocent lives claimed by this terrible, wasteful disease.
  • Shocking statistics show that there is still no decrease in the number of new infections within the EU.
  • This is not good enough.
  • HIV is an epidemic that affects all EU Member States and we have a great responsibility to those who live with HIV and AIDS.
  • Later today I hope Parliament will adopt a resolution on the EU-s global response to HIV and AIDS.
  • The resolution looks at all aspects of the EU’s contribution to fighting HIV and AIDS including funding for research to find a vaccine.
  • We need to deal with this disease which knows no borders, no race, no age and no gender.
  • However this is a disease which we can control - especially through testing - and I am confident that we will one day find a cure.
  • For now we have to raise public awareness in this battle, support civil groups in their work and continue sharing research.
  • I am happy to say this resolution goes a long way towards these aims.
  • The ECR group joins with all those across the globe in memory of friends, relatives and loved ones who have died as a result of contracting AIDS.
  • We stand fully behind the drive to beat HIV and AIDS and to improve the lives of all those who live with it and reaffirm our commitment in this fight.
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