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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The newly-founded European Union - Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC) has opened its headquarters aimed at developing economic relations between the German government and Caribbean and Latin American countries. The northern port city of Hamburg had applied to be the headquarters of the foundation, and received the honour with the recommendation of high-ranking EU officials and regional countries, local officials said.

History and budget merge in the Common Agricultural Policy, making it one of the most important action plans for the EU. The discussion about the future CAP is not only crucial for farmers but for all European citizens, since it deals with the challenge of food security, Agriculture Committee Chair Paolo De Castro said as negotiations start on a new EU farm policy for 2014-2020.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Thousands of Southern Sudanese risk being caught in a humanitarian crisis because the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan have failed to take responsibility for their own people, Minister Stephen O’Brien warned today after visiting a transit camp where families are stuck north of the border. More than 700,000 southerners living in Sudan lost their Sudanese nationality at the time of secession and were given nine months to ‘regularise their status’. But as the half way mark of that deadline approaches, neither Sudan nor South Sudan have decided what that means in practice.

The WTO’s Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures allowed 13 ACP countries to maintain their export subsidies programmes until the end of 2012. The beneficiary countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Jamaica, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. WTO accessing requires a phasing out of export subsidy programmes vis-à-vis WTO member countries.

EU finance ministers on 8 November pledged to add €7.2 billion in short term funds to help poor countries deal with the effects of climate change. “Despite the severe economic downturn and strong fiscal constraints in Europe, we have mobilised €2.34 bn also in 2011,” said the EU's Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.