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Friday, 22 February 2019

The Sahel region is the southern geopolitical border of Europe. The instability in this region will eventually spread to neighbouring countries of Europe and within its territory. This paper discusses the main problems of the region and offers a critical assessment of the "strategy of the European Union for Security and Development in the Sahel" adopted in 2011. This strategy points to the lack of competence of the authorities and structural poverty, which it considers are the main problems of the region and rightfully recommends acting in a concerted manner in the areas of security and development.

Under pressure from the European Union (EU), Cameroon announced since July 2013 its intention to ratify the Interim Economic and Partnership Agreement (EPA), signed with this regional organisation in 2007, a process extended to other African countries and against which the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is strongly opposed.

Philippe Van Damme, representative of the European Union in Guinea, received a pool of journalists, including Guineenews, at his office a few days ago. Here, we decrypt the main points of his casual interview. 

The European Union granted 730,000 Euros to the Comoros, the equivalent of 359 million Comorian francs, under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). The financial agreement was signed between the Comoros Vice-President in charge of the Ministry of Finance and Eduardo Campos Martins, Minister-Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union in Mauritius.

The Montpellier Scientific Community (Cirad, Inra, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro and Agropolis Fondation) has just been given 3.5 million Euros from Europe for its ARCAD project (Agropolis Resource Center for Crop Conservation, Adaptation and Diversity). This EU funding will enable the development of necessary technological platforms for the analysis and the conservation of plant biological resources, including the creation of a DNA bank. It will also contribute to the creation of twelve jobs estimated by 2015.