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27/07/2016

EU plans migrant work permit relaunch, funding for Africa

Location: Africa


Development Policy 25-07-2016

Mass killing of elephants: Will the EU go on turning a blind eye?

Every year, 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks according to Fondation Franz Weber, a Swiss-based NGO campaigning against the ivory trade for over 40 years, writes Willy Fautre.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Can Greece copy Morocco, and stop sulking?

Anyone ever tried to get from Athens to Skopje or Pristina? It’s a journey from hell as the excellent Aegean Airlines, which links all the region’s cities, have eliminated Macedonia and Kosovo from their satellite map, writes Denis MacShane.
Development Policy 21-07-2016

FAO: Deforestation 'not necessary' to guarantee food security

Expanding agricultural land, a major cause of deforestation, is not the best way to ensure food security, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Med & South 19-07-2016

Mediterranean countries set tone for COP22 in Marrakesh

Mediterranean countries have vowed to accelerate implementation of the commitments struck in the Paris agreement last December and push forward a number of national and transnational initiatives to combat global warming, ahead of the end-of-the-year climate summit in Marrakesh.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Commission must prioritise access to contraception in development policy

Promoting women’s and girls’ human rights is a fundamental aspect of the European Union and should be better reflected in our overseas aid policy through major investment in improving access to family planning, writes Heidi Hautala.
Future EU 19-07-2016

Barcelona Mayor: 'Rebel' cities must tackle Brussels on refugee crisis

Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, has criticised Brussels' response to situations like the refugee crisis and denounced the EU for being "interest-based", calling for a network of cities to be set up to “better represent the people”. EurActiv Spain reports.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Oxfam: World's richest countries host just 9% of all refugees

The six biggest economies in the world currently host only 2.1 million refugees between them, while the poorest countries are forced to bear most of the burden, according to a new report by Oxfam. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 15-07-2016

FAO: The EU has a role in Africa’s agriculture mechanisation

The involvement of the European private sector in the mechanisation of Africa’s agriculture, currently dominated by China, will open up the market and help farmers make quality choices, FAO’s Josef Kienzle said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Global Europe 06-07-2016

EU decried for seeking deal with 'North Korea of Africa'

Despite crimes against humanity being commonplace in Eritrea, the EU wants to deal with Eritrea's autocratic regime on a border protection project, using development aid under German leadership. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Mogherini's new Global Strategy offers lighthouse for EU in uncertain waters

While all Europeans have become hostages of the Brexit talks, the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini on Tuesday (28 June) offered a reassuring project for angry and worried European citizens, writes Damien Helly.      
Development Policy 29-06-2016

Sachs: 'China's development strategy is more successful than Europe's'

One of the world's leading economists, Jeffrey Sachs, has told EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche why Africa needs more development aid. He also urged Europe to be more like China.
Development Policy 28-06-2016

El Niño plunges southern Madagascar into famine

The El Niño phenomenon has compounded the woes of drought-stricken southern Madagascar, where 80% of the rural population is suffering from food insecurity. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 23-06-2016

Boat migrant rescues surge, as calm seas return to Mediterranean

Ships manned by humanitarian organisations, the Italian navy and the coast guard helped rescue more than 2,000 boat migrants today (23 June) as calm seas returned to the Mediterranean prompting a surge in departures.

Europe cracks down on wildlife trafficking

EU environment ministers this Monday (20 June) adopted the European Action Plan against wildlife trafficking, presented by the European Commission in February this year. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

‘Lighthouse for Lampedusa’ erected on Brussels skyline

A makeshift lighthouse – constructed out of the remnants of refugees' dinghies – was erected on the Brussels skyline last night (19 June), to mark World Refugee Day and pose an ongoing question to EU policymakers through the summer.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

French development boss: 1% owning 99% of wealth 'is not normal'

Worsening inequality is a threat to the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Objectives. To turn the situation around, the governments of developing countries must invest heavily in public services, says Philippe Orliange.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

Katainen pushes African investment plan to cut migration

The European Commission hopes to launch an investment plan to tackle the causes of migration from Africa. But the Juncker Plan’s difficulties in the EU could be just a foretaste of the challenges of investing in developing countries. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Morocco asks for EU help in fight against ISIS

Rabat has urged Europe to help stabilise North Africa, as ISIS steps up its efforts to recruit young Moroccans through social media.
Development Policy 15-06-2016

ActionAid chief: Africa's 'child marriage' is actually rape

Ahead of this year's European Union Development Days, the NGO ActionAid is focussing on the issue of inequality, with the launch of the report, The Price of Privilege.
Development Policy 14-06-2016

The EU and Africa: a deal set to push more young people on to the boats

The new EU migration partnerships with African governments risk strengthening autocratic regimes and exacerbating violence, repression and corruption, argues Marije Balt.
Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a 'win-win' for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.
Development Policy 10-06-2016

Brussels to end preferential trade access for uncooperative African countries

EXCLUSIVE / The EU plans to raise the pressure on six African countries to implement controversial free trade agreements by putting an end to their preferential access to the EU market. EurActiv France reports.

EU Blue Card reform 'counter-intuitive but necessary'

Europe risks being left behind in the race for talent and the development of a knowledge economy and has failed to compete with other OECD destinations. EU policy needs to be more flexible and knock down the barriers to recruitment of the highly qualified, writes Jonathan Chaloff.
Global Europe 07-06-2016

EU plans migrant work permit relaunch, funding for Africa

The European Union will present proposals on Tuesday to relaunch a little-used work permit scheme, similar to the US Green Card, as part of efforts to curb irregular migration to the 28-nation bloc, officials said yesterday (6 June).