The European Union will next week (15 May) host a donor conference intended to co-ordinate international efforts to help Mali overcome its security, political, and humanitarian crises.  

The scale and dimensions of the crisis are reflected in the roll-call of participants, which includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, several African heads of state, and the head of the World Bank, as well as French President François Hollande. Hollande will chair the meeting, together with José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission. It will be held in the Jacques Delors building on rue Belliard, the headquarters of the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee.