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Saturday, 18 November 2017

European Union is set to partner with the Federal Government on job creation, in a bid to address the issue of unemployment in the country. Head of European Union Delegation, Nigeria and Ecowas, Mr. David Macrae, stated this when he met with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, recently in Abuja. Marcrae expressed the organisation's willingness to assist Nigeria in the fight against unemployment especially in line with the transformational agenda of the government.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

European Parliament
-14-17 November: European Parliament Plenary session (Strasbourg)
-14-17 November: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament (Strasbourg)
Council of Ministers
-14 November: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
-14 November: Foreign Affairs Council
-15 November: General Affairs Council
-16 November: Coreper II
-16 November: Coreper I
European Commission
-15 November: Weekly meeting of the college (Strasbourg)
ACP-EU
-16-20 November: 22nd meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
ACP Group
-14 November: High-level Conference on Renewable Energy
-16-20 November: 26th meeting of the ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly

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Dr Bart Van Vooren is Assistant Professor in European Law and Integration at Copenhagen University. In this interview, taken during a recent debate in Brussels, Mr Van Vooren outlines the possibilities and problems around a European financial transaction tax.

Adressing a high-level conference on tackling malnutrition, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy insisted that the international community do more on global malnutrition. Given that the 7 billionth citizen recently saw the light of the day, Van Rompuy wondered whether this child would grow up in a healthy environment and whether the earth would be able to feed it.

EU policies are continuing to seriously undermine rights in developing countries says a new report launched on 7 November by CONCORD, the confederation of European development NGOs. The report shows incoherencies between EU development objectives and other policies, coming at an important time as the EU reforms its agricultural, trade and development policies.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Ten ACP countries are to benefit from a total of 190 million EUR as part of a temporary programme (2010-2013) of accompanying measures in the banana sector. This compromise was reached after long negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. Allocation of funds will be handled according to three criteria: The place of the banana sector in the ACP country, banana exports, and the development stage of the country.

Wednesday, 09 November 2011

The European Union is eager to meet the Fijian Government for further talks on development. The new head for the EU Delegation to Fiji and the Pacific, based in Suva, Ambassador Doctor Abdoul Aziz Mbaye told the Fiji Sun in an interview that they were prepared to lift all sanctions against Fiji as long as both parties engaged in dialogue to provide concrete delivery.

Aid from rich nations is likely to fall by at least $9.5 billion by the end of 2012 – the biggest drop in aid for 15 years, according to new calculations by international agency Oxfam ahead of this week’s G20 Summit (Nov 3-4). Oxfam calls the figures “shameless and depressingly predictable” and show that poor people are being asked to pay for rich country austerity cuts. It calls on G20 leaders to reverse the cuts and agree to pursue new ways of raising money for poor countries being hit by the economic crisis and climate change.

Monday, 07 November 2011

European Parliament
-07 November: European Parliament Development Committee
-07 November: Committee Meetings
-10 November: Committee Meetings
Council of Ministers
-08 November: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
ACP Group

-07-09 November: ACP Civil Society Forum
-07-09 November: Committee of Ambassadors
ACP-EU

-11 November: 1st Meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development

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Friday, 04 November 2011

Congo is the ACP country that receives most funds from the European Union. While development efforts on the ground show some success, in Brussels many people are unhappy with the amount of money attributed to Congo. Many point the finger at the former development commissioner and current Member of the European Parliament Louis Michel from Belgium. Commission officials and Members of Parliament wonder: Was it Michel’s friendship to Congo’s president Joseph Kabila that helped channel funds to Congo?