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EDF 2014-2020: Following the money

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Friday, 29 August 2014

EDF 2014-2020: Following the money

Next week, several Pacific and Caribbean countries will sign their national indicative programs to receive European Union development funds for the period 2014-2020.

The agreements are scheduled to be finalized on Sept. 2 on the sidelines of the four-day United Nations conference on Small Island Developing States taking place in Apia, Samoa. There, development stakeholders will gather to discuss a wide range of issues, from climate change to building resilience against natural disasters, to which Pacific island states are particularly highly vulnerable.

EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will be in attendance at the conference, but the Commission has so far refrained from publishing a list of countries expected to finalize their agreements, due to possible last-minute changes. National indicative programs are only signed with authorized country representatives.

This is the second time Brussels is presented with an opportunity to finalize agreements with multiple countries at a single event. The last time was in June 2013, when 15 African countries and one South American country — Surinam — signed their respective indicative programs on the sidelines of the Joint Council of Ministers’ meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Source: devex.com