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Thursday, 26 November 2015

The newly-accredited Ambassador and Head of delegation of the European Union to Seychelles has pledged the EU's continued support including financial assistance to the Indian Ocean island nation, for the implementation of projects in various fields of common interest. Marjaana Sall was speaking to the local press at State House this morning after presenting her credential to the Seychelles President James Michel."The European Union will stand by the government of Seychelles and provide the assistance it needs, namely through trade facilitation, supporting the implementation of the economic partnership agreement, we’ll provide more than 8 million euros in the next years to come...on climate change issues, we will provide 5 million euros to support Seychelles,” she told journalists.

The European Union’s Commission is making available a series of new tools – to be known as the agricultural dashboards - to support farmers and other interested parties to make informed choices about their marketing decisions. (...) Access to accurate information, transparency and prompt publication are key elements to take better advantage of the market possibilities and face volatility, and the dashboards offer full access to all available market data through a single page, according to the press release. Dashboards can be accessed online for five different sectors: dairy, beef, cereals, pig meat and poultry.

Friday, 20 November 2015

The European Commission has approved 33 new programmes to promote agricultural projects in the EU. The programmes are worth 108 million euros, half of which(54 million euros) comes from the EU budget. They will contribute to opening up new markets and increasing consumption in the EU. The promotional campaigns will promote EU products in terms of quality, food safety, hygiene and nutrition. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development Phil Hogan said: "I welcome these new programmes, especially in the context of the recent market difficulties. Such programmes are important for establishing new market opportunities, in particular on non-EU markets, and thereby help stimulate growth and jobs in the agri-food sector."

Commissioner Cecilia Malmström presented the new communication that was followed by a debate with the social partners and academia [at the European Parliament public hearing to discuss “Trade for all - Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy”, the new European Commission communication on trade policy, on 12 November].

The Governments of Belgium and Samoa have a lot in common and one aspect they agree to work on is to “strengthen and diversify people to people links in a world of global consciousness.”   This was the statement by the new Belgium Ambassador to Samoa His Excellency Jean Luc Bodson when he presented his credentials to Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Tuesday this week.  Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainability are very important issues this is the statement form the Head of State of Samoa, Tupua Tamasese Efi.