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Wednesday, 17 October 2018
An open air exhibition will be held between 30/04 and the end of 2006 in the public area next to the Berlaymont building. Thirty posters will recount the major developments of the quarter and the stages which led to Brussels being chosen as the main headquarters for the European institutions. This exhibition is the result of the an initiative by the European Quarter Foundation, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation in close cooperation with the European Commission.
From 30 April to end 2006 in Berlaymont Building -Rue de la Loi 200, 1049 Brussels

For those who want to know more about the EU, check link below.
HIV and AIDS have caused a global catastrophe. Thirty eight million people are infected with HIV, and the social and economic costs are huge. The spread and effects of HIV/AIDS are made worse by a vicious circle of infection and poverty. This can only be broken if the epidemic is tackled on several fronts. Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are extremely challenging places; all three are experiencing conflict or have recently witnessed it. Although they all struggle with its effects on infrastructure and society, each country is very different and has particular needs, not all of which are covered by the large multi-national and bi-lateral donors. Funding and implementing projects in these countries is difficult, but not impossible. Donors outside the region can take a number of approaches: either support local NGOs in these countries via donors and implementing agencies already on the ground, or fund international NGOs that operate there.

See also the work of CTA on HIV/AIDS and its impact on agrciulture in ACP countries.
The Council adopted a Regulation establishing a Community Fisheries Control Agency.The objective of the agency, whose headquarters will be in Vigo (Spain), is to organise coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities by the Member States and to assist them to cooperate so as to comply with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy.
The agency's annual budget is estimated at EUR 5 million. The agency is due to commence its activities in a year. policy.
Thursday, 12 May 2005
There can be no development progress without aid funding: the share of official development assistance in Germany's gross national income was 0.28% last year - the same level as in the previous year. Says Development Minister Wieczorek-Zeul: "The new OECD figures show that Germany still has to undertake major efforts to meet its international obligations." A binding commitment has been made to increase the ratio to 0.33% by 2006. The German government aims to reach 0.7% by 2014/15. The BMZ is pushing for decisions to be taken soon and advocates a step-by-step plan providing for an interim target of 0.5% by 2010. In absolute numbers, German official development assistance totaled $7.497 billion in 2004, some $700 million more than in the previous year. However, there was no significant increase if the volume is expressed in euros. In total, the international donor community spent $78 billion on development in 2004. International experts believe that these funds must be doubled if the Millennium Development Goals are to be reached.
Wednesday, 11 May 2005
CIDSE, in collaboration with other civil society actors including some members of Caritas Europa, presented the findings of a shadow report on the EU’s contribution to Goal number 8. Going beyond official European reports, the shadow report looks at indicators on global institutional democracy and participation which are missing in the official reports. MDG 8 places the clear responsibility on European Governments to overcome self-interest and become active partners in the fight against poverty. Key bligations on reporting and participation, finance and the reform of aid, trade and coherence, and global governance are the benchmarks of progress. Recommendations presented in the shadow report include:
- Targets on aid allocation – There has been only patchy progress among European donors in increasing aid to the world’s poorest countries which face the greatest challenges to achieving the MDGs, particularly in Africa: larger donors including France, Germany and the UK are well below UN targets. All European countries should set a binding timetable to achieve 0.2% of their gross national income to aid to the poorest countries.
- Action on debt - Most initiatives on debt have failed to integrate considerations of the resources debtor countries need to achieve the MDGs. Future calculation of debt sustainability must include an assessment of the feasible net revenue available to debtor governments. EU donors should cancel the debt of those countries whose debts are unpayable on the basis of human development needs, with resources additional to ODA.
- Trade policy – Developing countries are often denied a level playing field to compete in global trade. Non-tariff trade barriers that impede market access in Europe for developing countries production need to be addressed. The EU should improve the eradication of dumping measures and create a clear schedule for eliminating export subsidies.
- Reform of global institutions – The global structures that maintain poverty and injustice and marginalise the rights of the poorest must be changed. European countries should take the lead in pressing for reform of decision making and increased transparency of the World Trade Organisation, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Europe needs to raise its game. Every European country should become more energetic – not waiting for European consensus to emerge, but actively pushing for more pro-poor policies, said Paul Chitnis, resident of CIDSE and Denis Vienot, President of Caritas Europa, in a joint declaration to the press after the debate.