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Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Four out of 10 Europeans feel ignorant about genetically modified (GMO) crops and foods and a quarter of them are worried that gene-altered products used in farming will affect the environment, a poll showed on Friday. In some countries, particularly in Scandinavia, the feeling of not having enough information about GMOs was far higher than average, hitting 66 percent in Finland and 49 percent in Sweden. Slightly under a quarter of Europeans said they were worried about GMOs used in farming as an environmental issue. This compared with 47 percent of respondents who voiced concern over water pollution and 45 percent over climate change. The highest concern levels over GMO crops and foods came from Greece and Austria, both at 43 percent. Cyprus came third with 39 percent. Conversely, Malta was the least concerned at just 12 percent, followed by Finland with 14 percent.
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Twenty-eight members of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, including Botswana, signed a charter establishing the ACP Parliamentary Assembly at a recent meeting in Bamako, Mali.
A news release from Parliament says Palapye MP Boyce Sebetela signed for Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Balopi at the nineth session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
The ACP consultative assembly is a consultative forum for exchange of views by the ACP parliamentarians on issues of mutual concern.
The session later adopted the Bamako Declaration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were endorsed by world leaders in September 2000 in Monterrey, Mexico.
The millennium goals set out the aspirations of the international community for collective responsibility to respect and uphold the principles of human dignity and called for equity at the global level.
The Bamako Declaration recognises in particular the slow and negative progress that has so far been realised in moving towards attainment of the goals.
Sub-Saharan Africa was found to be trailing behind all the regions in making notable progress towards the realisation of the goals.
The declaration, therefore, calls for more efforts to be employed to assist ACP countries to make positive progress towards the realisation of the goals by the 2015.
It says emphasis should be put on MDGs One and Two, which call for the eradication of poverty and hunger, and attainment of universal primary education.
The ACP and EU parliamentarians also exchanged views on topics that include the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan and the Great Lakes region.
They called for increased efforts from authorities in the regions as well as the international community, particularly the African Union (AU) with the help of the EU and other cooperating partners, to assist in bringing the situation to normal.
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The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) welcomes submissions for the prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1,000, will be awarded for an essay on an issue of development studies in any field of the social sciences submitted and written by a postgraduate student from an EADI member country or attending a programme at an institutional member of the Association.

Entries for the EADI Prize for Development Studies should be essays of between 5,000 and 7,000 words submitted double line-spaced in 11-point type. Each entry should be accompanied by a two-hundred-word abstract and a cv. Subjects may be chosen from any field of development studies, but contestants are asked to bear in mind that their work will be subject to scrutiny by one of the EADI Working Groups prior to being sent on to the jury. Entries coherent with Working Group themes will, therefore, clearly enjoy an advantage. All entries for the EADI Prize for Development Studies should reach the Association’s offices in Bonn no later than 31 May 2005 either by mail or e-mail. In the latter case, a hard copy should also follow.

The Jury for the 2005 EADI Prize for Development Studies will make its decision known in July 2005. The prize winner will be invited to the Association’s General Conference in Bonn (21 – 24 September 2005) where the presentation will take place. Both the winning entry and other high quality entries will be considered for publication in the European Journal of Development Research.
Monday, 02 May 2005
The first EU budget proposal of the new Commission clearly reflects the new priorities of President Barroso and his team. The draft budget 2006 that was adopted today provides a record increase for European research and equally ensures increased investment in economic growth and more jobs, solidarity within the enlarged Union, improved security for its citizens, the future enlargement and a stronger role for the Union on the global scene. To manage the expenditures for next year the Commission proposes an amount of EUR 112.6 billion. This corresponds to 1.02% of the Union’s Gross National Income (GNI) and is an increase of 6% on the 2005 budget. The proposed commitments amount to EUR 121.3 billion, or 1.09% of EU GNI and represent an increase of 4%. More than one third of the budget will be devoted to stimulating economic growth and creating more and better jobs.
The preliminary draft budget 2006 is the last under the current Financial Perspective that expires at the end of next year. The content of the proposal is two-fold. Firstly it covers the means to complete the political and financial undertakings made for the current Financial Perspective 2000-2006. Secondly it develops the priorities set out in the Commission’s 5-year strategic objectives for 2005-2009; prosperity, solidarity, security, enlargement and a stronger global role for the Union.
Soil performs a multitude of environmental, economic, social and cultural functions and thus plays a vital role in conserving biodiversity and supporting global environmental systems. It is a living system and once destroyed it is lost forever. Erosion, contamination, decline of organic matter content, sealing due to factors such as housing and infrastructure, landslides and flooding all contribute to the degradation of a resource that is fundamental to our survival. The European Commission has therefore created the first Soil Atlas of Europe, designed to describe and explain the threats to our soil, and raise awareness of its diversity and its importance to our lives. The Atlas will contribute to future actions to protect Europe’s soil, such as a proposal for a Thematic Strategy on soil protection, scheduled to be put forward by the Commission before the end of 2005.