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Thursday, 21 September 2017
Karel De Gucht, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, is making his first visit to EU-funded operations today, in Zimbabwe. On his agenda are two humanitarian projects implemented by partners of the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO).
The European Union has pressurised Ghana to sign an economic partnership agreement (EPA) despite civil society concerns being raised about the detrimental effects further trade liberalisation will have on development in the West African country. IPS’s Francis Kokutse fired some questions at Dick Naezer, head of the macro-economic trade section of the European Union delegation in Ghana, to understand why he directed this call at Ghana’s government.
Monday, 14 September 2009
The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held in Brussels on 23rd September 2009 from 8h30 to 13h00 on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” (Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Room 1D). This Briefing will discuss the effects of the financial and food crisis on enterprises in developing countries and also the opportunities this can provide to link local SMEs to global economies. Experts will also discuss investment programmes needed to support SMEs in order to promote growth and investments, upgrade and upscale SMEs to reach regional and exports markets. This session will also share concrete examples of SMEs being successful by boosting innovation and technology, processing, value-addition, infrastructure upgrading.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
The climate, the economic crisis and trade are some of the issues South African President Jacob Zuma and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be discussing on Friday when the EU and South Africa meet at summit level. Regional issues such as Zimbabwe can also be found on the agenda.
Wednesday, 09 September 2009
EU Member States must meet their international aid commitments to developing countries, and particularly those disproportionately affected by the economic downturn, said Development Committee MEPs in a debate with two international experts on Thursday. The committee also approved a resolution on the effects of the crisis on developing countries and development co-operation.

The European Commission has earmarked a further €53.475 million, through a series of financing decisions, for expanded humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Mauritania. The funds are channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the responsibility of Karel De Gucht, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

 

The Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe over the period 2007-2013, with a total budget of over € 50billion in grants to research actors all over Europe and beyond, in order to co-finance research, technological development and demonstration projects. More than 50 calls for proposals have been launched in various areas of research, including Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology, Information and communication technologies, environment...
European Commission has concluded arrangements to spend a total of € 45.5 million on new micro projects programme in nine states of the Niger Delta region, just as the team and that of the Federal government will visit Rivers State to discuss the implementation of the programme.
Tuesday, 08 September 2009

For the first time, EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik will pay an official visit to the African Union and Kenya. From 7 to 9 September, he will hold high-level political meetings and will visit EU-supported research centres in Nairobi (Kenya) and in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia). This visit takes place in the framework of the Science & Technology Partnership established between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in December 2007.

Monday, 07 September 2009
Development Committee MEPs questioned Mr De Gucht, Belgium's former foreign minister, on the impact of the financial crisis on developing countries, how the Commission plans to help these countries to combat climate change and his professional experience. "The volume of aid, its effectiveness, its transparency and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)" are among the main challenges for EU development policy, said Mr De Gucht, who was proposed on 17 July to replace Louis Michel, who has himself been elected an MEP.