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Saturday, 16 December 2017

With the support of both the European Commission Information Society and Media, and the African Union, the Republic of Tanzania will host the seventh annual IST-Africa 2012 Conference and Exhibition. This event, which will take place on 9th -11th May,  2012,  will focus  on the Role of ICT for Africa’s Development and  bring delegates from well accredited commercial, government and research organizations.

A recent article by the Jamaica Observer raises the question of whether should there be two Secretariats for the ACP group of states in the Caribbean region, namely Caricom and CARIFORUM, the latter comprising Caricom and the Dominican Republic . “The dilemma is that there are now two secretariats, namely the Caricom Secretariat, an inefficient underfunded bureaucracy, and a CARIFORUM Secretariat which is really a fictitious institution in which the number two spot is given to a national of the Dominican Republic […] The same person serves as Secretary General of both the Caricom and CARIFORUM secretariats […] should there be one or two secretariats and, if there are two secretariats, should there be one or two secretaries general?”

According to a recent report by European Dignity Watch, two of the world’s largest abortion providers, namely International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International, have received funding from the EU’s development aid budget for projects related to Sexual and Reproductive Health, including abortions, among other projects.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has recently published its opinion on the Commissions’ legislative proposals for the reform of the Common agricultural policy as of 2014. Even if the Court recognises the efforts made by the Commission to simplify the provisions of the CAP and to address a number of observations made by the Parliament, the Council and the Court, it considers that the legislative framework of this policy remains too complex.

According to the EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, part of the energy aid to the developing world could be spent on gas projects. However, biofuels, nuclear and coal energy will be excluded. Notably, the EU commissioner has said: “We would like to support a very clean energy mix [and] in some cases gas could be supported. At least I would not exclude it a priori.”