EU and the Caribbean sign an Economic Partnership Agreement

The European Union and countries of the Caribbean region signed on October 15th, 2008, an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which will strengthen ties between the two regions and promote regional integration in the Caribbean. The EPA is the first genuinely comprehensive North-South trade and development agreement in the global economy, and includes a package of measures to stimulate trade, investment and innovation, and to promote sustainable development, build a regional market among Caribbean countries and help eliminate poverty.

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MS financial contributions to 10th European Development Fund

Proposal for a Council Decision about the financial contributions to be paid by the Member States contributing to the European Development Fund (third instalment for 2008) (COM(2008) 624 final).

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EC and Malian cooperation to improve the management of migration

The Migration Information and Management Centre (CIGEM) was inaugurated on Octobre 6th, 2008 in Bamako, Mali, in the presence of Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Amadou Toumani Touré, the President of the Republic of Mali, and Brice Hortefeux, the French Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Cooperative Development. The centre, which is financed by the EU as part of its development cooperation with Mali, is a pilot project that is to be copied in other West African countries.

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215.8 Meuros to Somalia from the Tenth European Development Fund

It has been published the proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted by the European Community within the ACP-EC Committee of Ambassadors regarding a decision on the allocation of resources to Somalia from the Tenth European Development Fund (COM(2008) 574 final).

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New sustainable economic development and ICT sector programme

The programme is based on the instrument of financial support to encourage the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community. The tender was published on the Official Journal on the third october 2008.

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EUMM in Georgia starts operational phase

The operational phase of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia started on October 1st, 2008, in accordance with the arrangements set out in the Agreement of September 8th. In line with the commitment made by the EU in this Agreement there are 200 EU monitors deployed on the ground who, together with support staff, represent more than 300 total people deployed.

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Working together for a more secure Europe

Making Europe more secure for its citizens while maintaining civil rights and liberties is the goal of European Security Research. By co-operating and coordinating efforts on a Europe-wide scale, the EU can better understand and adequately respond to risks in a constantly changing world and enhance its competitiveness at the same time. This is the aim of the a new common research project, called EU-SEC II, which will involve 23 European security administrations and one United Nations agency.

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European Union Special Representative for the crisis in Georgia appointed

The Council of the European Union published in the OJEU on September 29th, a Council Joint Action appointing Mr. Pierre Morel, as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the crisis in Georgia for the period from September 25tth, 2008, to February 28th 2009. The EUSR will enhance the effectiveness and visibility of the EU in helping to resolve the conflict in Georgia.

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Strengthening EU-China trade relations

The EU-China Joint Economic and Trade Committee, which was held on September 23rd, covered a wide range of topics, including trade in goods and services, Intellectual Property Rights, sustainable development and trade, and investment. During the Joint Committee the two sides agreed on a number of points of consensus to overcome hurdles in the EU-China trade relationship.

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Testing EU's Emergency Management and Response Mechanisms

The third exercise to test the functioning of the EU's Emergency and Crisis Coordination Arrangements in Brussels (CCA) was conducted successfully on Tuesday September 23rd, 2008. The results of the exercise performed this year to assess crisis management and response mechanisms, confirmed that the arrangements work well, and the lessons learned will allow them to be improved further.

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EU projects help develop the North of Montenegro

More than 100 representatives of Montenegro’s business community gathered in Podgorica to take stock of the results of the turn around management (TAM) and business advisory services (BAS) support to Montenegrin small and medium enterprises.

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