The European Commission today discussed an enhanced cooperation with four European National Finance Institutions (EFIs). The objective is to allow better leveraging of existing financing flows to the regions, in order to further enhance tangible results on key common priorities. European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica said: "Realising the vision of the new global sustainable development and successfully addressing the root causes of irregular migration requires much strengthened international efforts, including stronger involvement of private investments. National development banks will play an important role in these efforts. I am delighted therefore that with today's meeting we agreed on an enhanced cooperation framework that allows us to learn from each other and reinforce our strategic cooperation." The Institutions entering into this enhanced cooperation are initially the European Commission (EC), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW), the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID).
The Economic and Social Committee calls for new EU-ACP partnership that puts civil society in the driving seat During its Plenary session today, the EESC put forward recommendations on how EU trade, aid and development mechanisms should be reshaped to be more effective in dealing with current and future challenges in relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. These recommendations will influence the new framework that will replace the current Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), signed by 79 ACP countries and the EU and due to expire in February 2020. Despite some successes, issues such as extreme poverty, gender inequality and environmental degradation persist across the regions concerned. At the same time, new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015, aim to mobilise all actors and be universally applicable. In order to effectively implement the SDGs and deliver better outcomes to both ACP and EU citizens, the EESC wants a new framework recognising the importance of political dialogue in fostering civil society participation in the whole development process. The EESC believes that the role of civil society should also extend to monitoring and assessing the impact of the implementation of the future agreement, and to undertake this role civil society should receive the necessary financial support.
The European Union's Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica and Fiji's Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retd.) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama today signed an agreement for a new initiative with a budget of EUR10 million (FJD 23 million), in the margins of the EU-ACP Summit currently underway in Port Moresby. The financial assistance package will assist Fiji's recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the agriculture following Tropical Cyclone Winston. "The EU is proud to offer its assistance to Fiji during these trying times for the country. The FJ$23 million will not only help the sugar and agriculture sectors to recover quickly, but will also give hope and optimism to hundreds and thousands of Fijian citizens who depend on the sectors for their livelihoods and survival", says Commissioner Mimica. "The support will come in the form of direct budget support so the Government is able to use the funds according to the priorities identified in the recovery plan for the sectors. The Government and development partners have produced a comprehensive Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and we now look forward to a speedy implementation of the recovery plan". The Fijian Prime Minister warmly thanked the European Union and asked Commissioner Mimica to convey the gratitude of every Fijian to the Commission, member governments and the people of Europe.
30-31 May: 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government (Papua New Guinea)
30 May: Meeting of the ACP Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Papua New Guinea)
30 May: ACP-CTA High Level Panel - Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security, Resilience and Prosperity in the ACP (Papua New Guinea)
30 May-2 June: European Parliament Committee Meetings
31 May: InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: Women’s economic empowerment
Special Event - Going the Last Mile: Accelerating Progress in Food Security and Nutrition
Organized by IFPRI; ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation(CTA); Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission (EC); HarvestPlus; Joint Research Centre of the EC (JRC)
Date & Time: June 14, 2016 - 9:00-17:30 CEST
Location: Espace Baudouin at the Palais des Académies, Rue Ducale 1 / Hertogstraat 1, Brussels Belgium
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (EC), HarvestPlus, and the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) will co-host an all-day workshop on "Going the Last Mile: Accelerating Progress in Food Security and Nutrition." The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium on the eve of the European Development Days and will focus on translating investments into action. The workshop program includes thematic sessions and moderated discussions on: Translating Analysis into Action, Scaling up Technologies, Delivering from Data, Enhancing Policy Performance & Going the Last Mile.