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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

According to an EU official, the EU will remove its sanctions on Zimbabwe this year. EU delegation ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Dell'Ariccia, said the "last step" in the normalization of relations between Zimbabwe and the EU will be complete this year. "The European Council has unanimously decided that considering that there are no major disruptions to the democratic process in Zimbabwe, on the 1st of November 2014 the restrictive measures will be completely removed," he said.

Monday, 02 June 2014

Austria intends to reduce its part of the budget towards development, which is angering NGOs. Michael Spindelegger, the Minister of Finance, announced on the 29th of April that only 65.4 million euros would be allocated to development aid and in case of disaster abroad during the 2014-2015 period. Budgetary cuts in Europe will have an impact on current peacekeeping missions in Congo, Darfur, Haiti, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and the Middle East.

The Belgian Minister to Development Cooperation, Jean-Pascal Labille, declared that Belgium would focus on Central Africa with regards Development Cooperation: “Belgium can make a difference in terms of the three partner countries in Central Africa.” According to the Minister, Belgium must help to develop a new development dynamic in the region. He also wishes to finalise a new cooperation programme with the Congo. This interim programme would consolidate efforts and reinforce the current Indicative Cooperation Programme.

The 11th European Development Fund (EDF) is set to support Cote d’Ivoire with more than 170 billion of CFA Francs. This was announced by Bamba Sémon, Head of the Economics, Governance and Development Department with the Cote d’Ivoire – European Union Cooperation Unit. According to Bamba Sémon, the 11th EDF will consider three key sectors for Cote d’Ivoire: strengthening state-building (peace-building), agriculture and food security, and finally energy. Funding will also be allocated to supporting the private sector in implementing the entire programme.

EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) marks a change in the way the EU provides support to protect biodiversity in developing countries. In the face of the growing global threats to biodiversity, it provides for more resources, strengthened capacity and better coordination with partners.  B4Life is one of EuropeAid’s new flagship initiatives, designed to encourage broad, cross-sector partnerships to tackle major development challenges. For B4Life, this means addressing the related challenges of protecting biodiversity and building sustainable livelihoods in a green economy.

Europe needs a strong development committee in the next Parliament as the aid debate approaches a crucial juncture, writes Matt Foster, the Director of Strategy and Programme Effectiveness for Voluntary Service Overseas. One of the last pieces of legislation that the Parliament’s Development Committee (DEVE) approved before MEPs embarked on their 2014 election campaign was a regulation to establish the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. Through legislation like this, DEVE has become a key player in determining the direction and continued relevance of the EU’s development policy, a role that is set to increase following the European Parliament elections this month.

With the European commission stressing the private sector's role in development, Natalia Alonso, head of Oxfam's EU office,  warns against 'extracting profit' from public services. As the European commission proposes to use more overseas aid to subsidise private finance, Natalia Alonso finds important to highlight that growth must put people, especially the most marginalised, first, and not profits.

The demand for cashew nuts is increasing. In regard of Africa’s production of 1.2 million tons per year, the Africa Cashew Initiative (ACi) has highlighted the opportunities of cashew production and rising markets for the ACP Group. In a presentation at the ACP Secretariat, ACi Executive Director Rita Weidinger presented the prospects in the ACP that could further boost economies and contribute to poverty reduction.

Monday, 26 May 2014

On the eve of an Agreement of European tax on financial transactions (TFT) which should be implemented by the European elections on the 25 May 2014, the effectiveness of the taxation solidarity in the fight against AIDS and development needs to be noted. TFT will allow new additional sources of funding to be found to continue to assist the poorest countries.

Indian Ambassador to the EU H.E Manjeev Singh Puri called for enhanced South-South and Triangular cooperation, in a special discussion with fellow African, Caribbean and Pacific diplomats. While describing the assistance provided by developed countries as the “backbone” of development cooperation, Mr. Singh Puri said that sharing of resources, knowledge, expertise amongst developing countries (South-South), often with a third party industrialised partner also contributing (Triangular), is an essential a supplement to the traditional North-South partnership model.