Threatened reductions in foreign aid from the European Union and its struggling governments could undermine efforts to combat malaria, a readily preventable disease that nonetheless takes a heavy health toll in poor nations, international health experts say.
Although CEE remains a secondary direction for India’s foreign policy—mainly because the country sees more opportunities in other parts of the world, especially those rich in energy or strategically located—there is still substantial untapped potential for stronger cooperation. However, given India’s serious domestic challenges, global ambitions and already overstretched diplomacy, the future shape of these relations will largely depend on initiatives originating in the region. Keener interest on the part of CCE countries and better coordination of policies towards India between individual countries in the region would certainly help to position these countries better vis-à-vis their larger Asian partner.
Paola Rattu's insight:
Wide room for manoeuvre will certainly open after the adoption of the India-EU free trade agreement in 2013
Luxembourg exceeded European Union targets for international development assistance last year, a new analysis shows, bucking an austerity trend that could see Europe fail to meet its long-standing commitments to the world’s poorest nations.
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Dans son communiqué de presse du mercredi 19 septembre, la Commission Européenne rapporte la mise en place d’un corps de volontaires humanitaires dont le déploiement aurait lieu dès 2014 et se prolongerait jusqu’en 2020. Ces volontaires humanitaires viendraient apporter leur soutien aux ONG opérant dans les zones à risque, zones de conflits ou de catastrophes naturelles. Selon le communiqué, les 10 000 volontaires européens, notamment des jeunes de plus de 18 ans, seront formés d’ici à 2020 en étroite coopération avec les ONG.
BRUSSELS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The European Union will double its aid for Palestinian development and the Palestinian Authority to 200 million euros in 2012, the EU executive said on Friday.
The development aid will be focused on water, sanitation and support for refugees. A further 100 million euros aid credits unspent last year will be also spent in 2012, the European Commission said in a statement.
EU development cooperation with Kenya focuses on two main sectors: transport infrastructure and agriculture & rural development. Other areas in which EU funds are used are macroeconomic support, trade and private sector development as well as good governance and support for non-state actors. The overall amount of EU funding over the period of 2008-2013 is €389.9 million.
The EU identifies a staggering increase in protectionism around the world with 123 new trade restrictions introduced over the last eight months – a rise of just over 25%.
This brings the total number of restrictive measures in place today to 534.
In its ninth report on potentially trade-restrictive measures, the European Commission points to a failure by the G20 countries to reducing trade barriers. G20 members have to do more to prevent the introduction of new barriers to trade, and to rectify protective measures introduced since the break-out of the crisis.
Bridgetown - May 22, 2012 - CARICOM member states which comprise the borrowing member countries of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Dominican Republic and Suriname will be the beneficiaries of funding from the European Union (EU).
Should Europe try to isolate itself globally, both by trading less with developing countries but also by engaging less in overseas development aid? Should we focus first on our own problems before we try to help other people?
Interview with Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation
In a decision this year, the European Union agreed to phase out the use of “Darjeeling” on blended teas. Now, just as a bottle of Cognac must come from the region around the French town of Cognac, a cup of Darjeeling tea will have to be made only from tea grown around Darjeeling.
Paola Rattu's insight:
Geographical indications seem to be emerging as a way for Global South to protect typical products in Global Northern markets
Le 1er juillet 2012, l’Union Européenne a mis en place un embargo sur le pétrole iranien. Cette action s’ajoute aux sanctions financières décidées en fin d’année 2011 par les Etats-Unis contre les institutions financières internationales commerçant avec la Banque Centrale de l’Iran. Le 15 octobre dernier, les ministres des Affaires étrangères de l’Union Européenne ont voté des nouvelles mesures pour renforcer les sanctions, interdisant notamment l’importation de gaz iranien. La finalité de ces actions est d’exercer des pressions sur la République Islamique d’Iran pour l’amener à arrêter le programme d’enrichissement d’uranium....
A new survey of European Union residents reveals that even an economic crisis doesn't dampen Europeans' support for aid. Eighty-five percent of Europeans say that Europe should continue helping developing countries - primarily those, however, that are affected by a natural crisis or a conflict. In fact, a majority of those feel that aid should increase.
World finance officials called on the United States and Europe to quickly resolve their debt problems, saying on Saturday that more decisive action was needed to restore confidence in the faltering global economy.
In a communiqué at the end of a three-day meeting here in Tokyo, the members of the International Monetary Fund warned that global growth was slowing as the persistent debt crises in developed countries dragged down growth in emerging markets. The statement said quick action was needed to “break negative feedback loops and restore the global economy to a path of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”
The past five years have seen two record spikes in the price of food; and prices are rising again, with corn and soy hitting record highs in summer 2012. There is intense disagreement about what causes food price spikes and how to address them, and this often gives rise to confusion and inaction. But, unusually, there is one thing most experts agree on: scrapping biofuel policies would make a real difference.
Last week, the European Commission and the French government finally woke up to the fact that it is simply unacceptable to burn food while millions around the world go hungry...
For the first time since 2002, European countries have given less in development aid. In all, fourteen countries have cut financial support to developing countries. Greece and Spain made the most drastic cutbacks. As a result, the contribution by the 27 European Union member states has been reduced by 1.5 percent to 50.86 billion euros, according to a 2011 report by the non profit organisation ONE.
In its Global Economic Prospects, the bank said that 2012 had begun on a positive note for developing countries, with upbeat market sentiment and cuts in interest rates leading to stronger economic activity. But this progress had been put at jeopardy by the "re-igniting of Euro Area jitters", which had affected financial markets in both rich and poor nations.
The European Union, which tied with the U.S. as the world’s biggest farm-product exporter in 2011, signed a plan on cooperating in agriculture with China, the leading global consumer of grains and cotton.
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