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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a decision which introduces EU refugee resettlement priorities for 2013, as well as new rules on the financial support that the member states receive from EU funds to accommodate refugees from outside the EU in their territories (resettlement). Notably, the amending decision introduces six EU resettlement priorities for 2013, notably including refugees and displaced persons in the Great Lakes Region (Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia),  Somali  refugees in Ethiopia as well as Eritrean displaced people in Eastern Sudan.

The European Commission (EC) seeks more participants of the Caribbean in the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility scheme designed to fund exchanges of students and researchers in ACP countries. Only one proposal has been received so far. “While there was a satisfactorily high level of applications submitted in the first year of selection for Africa, there is nevertheless still a need to achieve a more balanced regional spread among applications for the Caribbean and Pacific regions”, said  the EC spokesperson.

Friday, 16 March 2012

According to recent reports, the EU has given Botswana 26.6 million euro to finance short-term Fluctuations in Export Earnings (FLEX). The minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo said  that this funding  comes under an agreement between  Botswana and the EU for the allocation of supplementary development funds.

The ACP Secretariat has conveyed its deep condolences over the recent death of former Prime Minister of Grenada Hon, George Ignatius Brizan. He served as President of the ACP Council of Ministers and Co-President of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers in 1994, a period which saw the commencement of the Mid-Term Review of the Lomé IV Convention.  He will be laid to rest in a state funeral on 16 March in the Caribbean country’s capital, St George’s.

According to an article published by the ACP Press service, Kenya recently  appealed to the EU to give the East African Community (EAC) states more time to come up with a unified position on trading with Europe under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA). As CTA Brussels was informing several weeks ago, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa noted that there are three options on the table for the EACs to choose from, the first one being Kenya alone to sign the EPA. However it would have a “devastating effect” on the EAC Customs Union. Second and third option option would be  EAC members to sign the EPA or walk away from it. Last week,  Kenyan prime Minister Raila Odinga said the country stood to lose heavily in the current arrangement because all the other EAC states enjoy Least Developed Country (LDC) status, earning their goods duty free access to Europe."We are keen on an arrangement that allows us to negotiate with Europe as a community and not as individual states,” he said.

According to recent reports, East African Community Secretary General, Dr. Richard Sezibera, has stated that the region is committed to successfully completing the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Last week, while receiving letters of credence from Amb. Johnny Flento,  representative of Denmark to the EAC, he made a number of remarks on the EAC-EPA issue. Notably, he stated: "We want EPAs to lead to development of our region and strengthen regional integration”.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

European Parliament
-13-15 March: Parliamentary session (Strasbourg)
Council of Ministers
-14/16 March: COREPER I
-14 March: COREPER II
-16 March: Foreign Affairs Council (International Trade)
ACP Group
-13 March: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
-15 March: Committee of ACP Ambassadors
-16 March: S/C on Sustainable Development

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Following her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kristalina Georgieva, has announced  the European Commission will strengthen its humanitarian air service in the DRC with additional funding for helicopters bringing relief and aid workers, up to €4million more this year. The funding will improve the access of humanitarian aid agencies to remote areas in DRC where relief aid is needed but impossible to bring by land. This decision brings the European Commission's humanitarian aid to the DRC to more than €60 million in 2012.

Friday, 09 March 2012

As ‘Agenda for change’  puts forward  a number of changes regarding EU development assistance, aid to the poor in emerging countries could face cuts in favour of the world’s neediest nations. According to an article published by EuroActiv, charity and human rights groups welcome Europe's continued commitment to developing countries. However, they fear draft EU proposals could harm efforts to finance water, sanitation and other projects in Latin America, Asia and possibly some sub-Saharan African countries.

Thursday, 08 March 2012

Last week, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, saw the 7th conference of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Africa and the Caribbean (ALDEPAC), where resolutions aiming at leading Africa towards the political and economic liberalism were adopted. Calls were also made for liberalism to act "as the cement of [African]development", all the while creating "a humanized market economy ".