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Monday, 23 October 2017
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.
This Background Note provides the context for a series of decisions that will be taken in the second half of 2009 about the architecture and staffing of the structures of the European Union’s Development Cooperation, and explores possible options. It has been prepared as part of the European Development Cooperation Support Programme (EDCSP). The Background Note sets out possible models for future EU development cooperation, as well as a set of principles for the design of a new European Commission. Series of decisions will be taken in the second half of 2009 about the architecture and staffing of the structures of the European Union’s Development Cooperation.
The European Commission and big member states like France and Germany are planning a crack down on tax havens (while Britain is pretending to). So it might come as a surprise that the EU’s house bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB), is busily lending to companies established in tax havens. Particularly notable is EIB lending for supposed development projects in poor countries.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the European Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU), on August 24th, committing euro 5.9 million  to a food facility initiative, in keeping with the Government's food security programme. The MoU was signed by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; Head of the EC's Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemanni; and FAO representative to Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Dunstan Campbell. The signing took place at the Ministry in Kingston.
Friday, 04 September 2009
The East African Community is trading “free” with the EU — without a binding agreement — following the expiry of an interim arrangement and the failure by teams negotiating from both parties to settle on a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. The interim arrangement entered into last November was to forestall interruption of trade after the Cotonou Agreement was outlawed by the World Trade Oganisation when it came to an end in December 2007. In the year and a half since then, the EU and the East African Community, together with other African, Caribbean and Pacific trade blocs, have failed to agree on the way forward, with the July 31 deadline by which an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was to have been in place, having come and gone.
This report produced by Concord forms part of the work being undertaken by European development NGOs to monitor and advocate on European aid. It reports that some of the countries deliver aid based on their own priorities and not those of the poor while addressing the symptoms and not the causes - and yet they deliver the majority of the global aid flows. It adds that evidence shows that when aid is delivered well, it has been crucial in improving living conditions of the poor in developing countries.
To intensify the country’s international relations, Finland has established diplomatic relations with the Commonwealth of Dominica. Following the decision on diplomatic relations taken by the President of the Republic, Ambassador Jaakko Laajava, the Finnish Ambassador to the United Kingdom based in London, and Acting High Commissioner Agnes Adonis of the Commonwealth of Dominica signed the joint communiqué ratifying diplomatic relations.