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Monday, 18 December 2017

On 20 November, in New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The Programme will facilitate the development of up to 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, received the Ambassador of the European Union to Samoa, Julian Wilson, yesterday. Mr. Wilson presented his credentials to his Highness Tuimaleali’ifano at his Moto’otua office on November 6th. Mr. Wilson was accompanied by his spouse, Claudine Elysée, and the Head of Cooperation, Christoph Wagner. Mr. Wilson said the European Union (E.U.) and Samoa have a long standing tradition of co-operation and partnership dating back to the mid-1970's.

Villagers in Dongkou county, Central China's Hunan Province catch fish on January 15, 2010. As the village's land is not suitable for planting crops, village officials directed them to build ponds to raise fish so that they could make more money. Photo: IC He Wang, a 53-year-old research fellow from the Hunan Fisheries Science Institute, returned once again to Ethiopia on October 16, where she has been teaching fish-farming since 2003. During all these years in Ethiopia, He helped build the country's first standardized aquaculture base, mentored more than 3,000 students, and is about to publish the country's first textbook on aquaculture, called Fish Production, local news site sxdsb.cn reported.

In the early hours of Saturday (18 November), after 16 hours of negotiations, the EU member states and the European Parliament struck a deal on the EU’s budget for 2018, three days before the end of the conciliation period on 20 November at midnight. Total commitments are set at €160.1bn and payments at €144.7bn.Finance Ministers rejected the European Parliament’s proposal to increase external spending and agreed to limit funding at €9.57bn, a decrease of €868m, or 8%, below the final 2017 budget, with €256m left unallocated in the margin. Compared to 2017, long-term development aid was cut by 6%, however health and education funding will increase to €206m and agriculture, food security and nutrition funding will rise to €217m in 2018.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

ACP Secretariat

20 November: Enhancing Climate Diplomacy in a Changing Political Environment
21-22 November: Committee of Ambassadors

European Parliament

20-23 November: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Council

20-21 November: Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
22 November: Coreper I and II
24 November: Coreper I

Other Events

20 November: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Migration: evidence for policy making
23 November: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Addressing land degradation and desertification
24 November: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Protecting Migrants during Emergencies

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