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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

In the opinion of Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Directorate General for EuropeAid Development and Cooperation (DEVCO),  Guyana has pulled ahead of its Caribbean neighbours in the implementation of aspects of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Her statements came following her visit to Guyana alongside a team to assess country’s cooperation with the EU. She was also accompanied by the head of the Delegation of the EU to Guyana, Ambassador Robert Kopecky, and  met with President Donald Ramotar.

Following the agreement reached by the EU and the government of Gambia, the European Union will allocate €365,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP), as part of the rapid response to the food crisis in the country.  According to the latest updates, these funds will be used to purchase 1300 tons of food.

Depending on the political and economic reforms met by Zimbabwe by August of this year,  the EU will or not revise development co-operation with the country. This statement was made by Claudia Wiedey-Nippold, the EEAS Head of Division for Southern Africa,  during her visit to Zimbabwe, where she met with Foreign Affairs ministry permanent secretary Joey Bimha, weeks before the Zimbabwe-EU re-engagement dialogue, expected to be held in Brussels.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

According to a new report by OECD, presented this week to the Parliament,  EU development aid programmes run the risk of poor institutional coordination despite positive improvements in recent years. In the words of Wiske Jult from 11.11.11, the Belgian platform of Concord,  once again criticizes the External Action Service as “failing to integrate development policy in its remit and clarify its role vis-à-vis the Commission”.

During the course of the last Council meeting on Foreign Affairs, ministers have recalled their conclusions of 22-23 March 2012 on Sahel firmly condemning the seizure of power by force in Mali. The EU development cooperation with the country, which is currently on hold, will be resumed “in line with progress towards the full restoration of constitutional order”. Ongoing direct support to the population will continue as well as humanitarian aid.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Bob Dewar, a former diplomat who has served as High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador to Ethiopia and High Commissioner to Mozambique, has recently published an opinion article where he analyses the history of Europe's external fisheries agreements and gives some recommendations. As he thinks that future deals can lead to a win-win situation if certain policies are put in place, he says that “the time of turning a blind eye is over”.

Following the coup d’etat in Guinea-Bissau, the Council on Foreign Affairs has urged to an immediate reestablishment of the legitimate government, the completion of the interrupted democratic electoral process and the immediate restoration of constitutional order. According to the conclusions adopted during the course of its last meeting “[t]he EU is ready to impose restrictive measures against individuals who continue to engage in or provide support for acts that threaten the peace, security and stability of Guinea-Bissau."

Following a key summit held last month, a final document which outlines initial actions to build a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been drafted  by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, which has officially been a partner since the Busan Forum .  The Building Block on SSC and TrC will attempt to produce a “Menu of Practices” and a set of referential guidelines to encourage joint efforts.

During the course of a workshop recently hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, Secretary General Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas recalled the great potential of the ACP Group as an international partner. “We [..] believe that Europe will continually need the ACP to validate its evolving role as a global actor in international relations. As principal donor to the ACP, the EU has access to 79 member countries within its sphere of diplomatic and geopolitical influence.”

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

According to recent reports by Reuters, the EU and Angola are set to reach a deal that will help the African country maintain its economic growth, boost good governance and fight poverty. In the words of José Manuel Durão Barroso,  the President of the European Commission, the new agreement, called the EU-Angola Joint Way Forward, is intended to “launch a permanent process of dialogue and cooperation between the two regions”.