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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

As the Sahel region experiences its worst food and nutrition crisis in five years and continued insecurity, the Commission has announced a humanitarian aid package worth €191.3 million. "There is no time to waste with many affected by a worsening food security crisis in the Sahel. Our EU aid will throw a lifeline to the most vulnerable.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

"The EU must strengthen its action in Angola and, more in general, in Africa,’’ said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, following today’s meeting with the President of Angola, João Lourenço. "In the next Multilateral Financial Framework - added Tajani – EUR 40 billion should be earmarked for a comprehensive Marshall Plan for Africa that helps mobilise overall investment worth EUR 500 billion in the next ten years on the continent."

According to the European Commission, third countries that export animals and animal products to the European Union will have to abide by new rules on veterinary medicines when it comes to the use of antibiotics. But non-EU countries warn that this could break WTO rules as well as have severe implications on global trade.

Today in Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB) is hosting the Asociación Latinoamericana de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo (ALIDE), the international organisation representing development banking in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Friday, 06 July 2018

The Austrian government led by the young conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, aged only 31, has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council with a programme focused on tackling immigration. The Austrian presidency of the EU, the third following 1998 and 2006, has for its slogan “A Europe that protects”.

The French Development Agency (AFD) has approved a €8 million grant that will be directed towards the development of the Tendaho geothermal project in Ethiopia. The geothermal project is being implemented by Ethiopian Electric Power, in coordination with Geological Survey of Ethiopia.It is funded by the European Union, through the European Union Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-AITF).

Thursday, 05 July 2018

The negotiations for a new ACP-EU agreement should start after the summer break. The African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries was the first to adopt its negotiating mandate on 30 May, during the ACP Council of Ministers in Lomé. The EU mandate has been approved on 22 June, with limited substantial changes to the Commission’s proposal from December 2017.

The €35 million programme dubbed Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP) is funded by the EU as part of the 11th European Development Fund. The programme will be implemented over a four-year period under overall supervision from the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat. Two of the most important technical implementation partners are the International Trade Centre (ITC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

AU Chair President Kagame and EU Commissioner Mimica co-hosted the joint African Union – European Union “Women in Power” side-event at the 31st African Union Summit in Mauritania. Moussa Faki, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, also attended the event.

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica is on an official visit to Mauritania tomorrow. He will co-host a joint African Union-European Union side-event on gender equality, and sign two support programmes for Mauritania.