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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, have issued the following statement: "Every day, thousands of innocent people are the victims of natural disasters and conflict. Over 130 million men, women and children depend on humanitarian assistance across the world, and the needs are constantly growing (...)"

The European Union (EU) has expressed confidence in the Liberian Government’s ability to take full responsibility for its own security following the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown at the end of June 2016. Both parties recognized that peace and security are germane to governance and development and therefore agreed to continue collaboration on justice and security sector reform and on the importance of appropriate resource allocation for the justice and security sector.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Botswana's international partners such as the EU have made it possible for the nation to attain middle-income status within 50 years of independence. Speaking at the 12th Regional African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and EU (ACP-EU) meeting in Gaborone recently, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Gladys Kokorwe said this was possible because Botswana has friends in Europe and around the world who support the rights of Botswana to be free and achieve their national development goals

The Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) has launched an agricultural support scheme bankrolled by the European Union (EU) to enhance smallholder farmers' understanding of policy issues. The scheme seeks to benefit over 20 000 smallholder farmers in three selected provinces. It also seeks to encourage farmers' participation in policy related issues and increased dialogue on food and nutrition security development.

Perhaps it would be an exaggeration to say that the world would never be the same again when leaders from the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States conclude their three-day “pivotal Summit” on June 1 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). But top echelons of the bloc are determined to turn it into “a watershed event” that would discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena.

Despite the highest ever humanitarian spending globally, the exponential growth of the number of people trapped in long-term crisis has deepened the funding gap. This unprecedented discrepancy between humanitarian needs and the available funding translates into tragic losses in human potential. The European Parliament has stressed the urgency to reduce the gap and the need for 'globally coordinated, timely, predictable and flexible funding'.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Friday, the National Authorising Officer, Charles Jean-Jacques, participated to the official inauguration of the new building of the Office of the National Authorising of European Development Fund (BONFED), located in Christ-Roi, on the same location was the old building destroyed in the earthquake of January 2010. The ceremony took place in the presence of Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, members of the Government and Head of delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Vincent Degert.

Divisions in the Cook Islands over a controversial fishing deal have reached a new peak with opposition MPs asking a Swedish politician to talk to the European Union on their behalf. The government is set to sign a deal with the EU that would allow Spanish vessels to fish in its exclusive economic zone for at least eight years. About 4,000 people have signed a petition against the move.

The case for staying in the European Union has been made by many people representing different sectors already (...) One area where Britain really does have global influence through its EU membership is in international development. Britain is a leading player in the fight against global poverty. It is one of the few countries to reach the UN development aid target of 0.7% GNI, and has a strong and well respected Department for International Development (DFID) (...) The EU benefits from working with DFID which is widely recognised for its expertise, experience and ability to deliver on its aid pledges

The European Commission should come up with legislative proposals for mandatory country origin labelling of certain foods, such as milk, dairy and meat products, MEPs said in a new resolution on Thursday (12 May). Ever since the horsemeat scandal three years ago, which revealed that a lack of transparency in the food chain enabled producers to replace beef with horsemeat in certain products, the European Parliament and the Commission have debated how to improve food labelling.