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Monday, 15 October 2018
The competition for the 2005 Lorenzo Natali Prize was launched by the European Commission today. Prizes for a total of 50.000 EUR are awarded by DG Development for articles of journalistic excellence in five world areas published in print or online media between 1 January 2004 and 31 August 2005. To qualify, the articles must focus on issues of human rights and/or democracy in the developing world. The prize is given since 1992 and was named after Mr Lorenzo Natali, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Development from 1985 – 1989. The deadline for entries this year is set at 31 October 2005.
On 22 July the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, took part in the third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Indian Ocean Commission in Antananarivo, Madagascar. At the meeting he underscored the added value of regional integration and cooperation initiatives as an effective means of development, combating poverty and achieving fairer integration in the world economy.
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A European Union offer of 40 million Euros (about $48 million) to help African Caribbean and Pacific countries deal with deep cuts to sugar prices next year, was the main subject of a meeting of ACP ambassadors.
The chair of the meeting, Grenada''s George Bullen told BBC Caribbean Radio they''re far from satisfied with it. "40 million for 18 countries. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to see that''s not a lot of money".

EU should offer more
What are they hoping to get? "Britain has said they feel it should be 100 million (Euros) next year", Ambassador Bullen claims, "and up to 500 million for the next 5 to 7 years. This is the type of ballpark figure we''re looking for".

The cuts will hit hard at the Caribbean sugar industry, with estimated financial losses of up to 95 million dollars a year. The St Kitts government has already decided there''s no future in sugar, and is closing its factories.

A hard sell
The EU''s Agriculture Council had met in Brussels Monday the day before the ACP ambassadors did. It was the first chance European countries have had to discuss the coming cuts, and that was the meeting from which the multimillion aid package emerged.
Mr. Bullen said Tuesday he understands as many as 10 countries did not like rescue package offer. "There were one or two who wanted the cuts to go even further, but we believe these were a minority. We believe there will be some sort of compromise", he told the BBC.

Source BBC News
The European Union through its European Partnership Agreements with the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states is encouraging common Agricultural policies for regional groupings like CARICOM. Through this approach to policy implementation in order to deal with regional blocs rather then individual countries, ACP countries like The Bahamas would have to synchronize its Agricultural policies to conform with the regional perspective if it is to benefit from EU/ACP Agricultural programs.
A lack of aid agencies and poor infrastructure are factors which will make the distribution of aid more difficult in the famine-stricken country of Niger, according to Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, the European Commission Spokesman for Development. “One of the biggest problems is that Niger is not a common playground for non-governmental organisations for a number of reasons – it is the second poorest country in the world, it is a huge country with a very nasty climate, and there are also many administrative problems”, Mr Tardio told IPS News. He said that even though the money needed to feed the estimated 3.6 million people who are facing starvation may be available, getting it to those most in need is often difficult. The readiness of aid agencies to respond to emergency situations has also been highlighted as an issue by Steffen Stenberg from the EU’s humanitarian office (ECHO), he said: “The problem is that many NGOs are not geared for emergency situations as most of them work on long-term development issues. This means that it is not easy for them to go into emergency mode.” In addition to this concern Mr Stenberg questioned the UN’s capability to ensure all donations would be properly spent, and highlighted the need to secure a long term solution to guard against future food crises. “If you don’t have the means of implementation you can throw all the money at a crisis but you don’t get anywhere, so we will have to look at the UN’s capacities to implement donations.”
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