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Global Europe 05-10-2018

Congolese doctor, Yazidi activist win Nobel Peace Prize for combating sexual violence

Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday (5 October).
Global Europe 01-04-2016

EU countries must not weaken plan to stop conflict minerals trade

It is a sobering fact that your smart phone might contain conflict minerals. Even more so that EU member states are in the process of scaling back proposals that can help stop this, writes Léonard Santedi.
Global Europe 08-03-2016

French Socialists say Congo election must be deferred after intimidation

France's ruling party has called for a postponement of the 20 March elections in Congo, saying long-time leader Denis Sassou Nguessou was intimidating opponents and stifling democracy.
Development Policy 16-04-2015

Parliament adopts relaxed measures on conflict minerals

MEPs from the Committee on International Trade have rejected a set of binding regulations for certain minerals extracted in conflict zones, in favour of a less ambitious system of self-certification, which would exclude some minerals entirely. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 12-03-2014

Former German ambassador: ‘Africans are worried about China’s activities’

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, retired diplomat Volker Seitz explains why African countries should take more responsibility, and describes concerns on the continent with Chinese development efforts.
Development Policy 04-03-2014

EU drafts conflict minerals law, with opt-in clause

EXCLUSIVE / European firms are set to be offered a voluntary self-certification scheme to prove that their products’ mineral components were not sold by warlords to fuel bloody conflicts, under a draft EU law that falls short of campaigners’ expectations. 
Development Policy 06-02-2014

EU readies voluntary conflict minerals scheme

The EU's trade chief will present a voluntary scheme in March aimed at stemming the import of minerals from conflict zones and prevent their use to finance war and strife, EU officials said on Wednesday (5 February).
Development Policy 15-11-2013

EU conflict minerals law hangs in the balance

A planned certification scheme to prevent warlords funding their militias by selling minerals to European firms has been delayed, EURACTIV has learned, and fears are growing for its future.
Development Policy 02-10-2013

Auditors slam effectiveness of EU’s €1.9 billion aid to Congo

A European Court of Auditors report says that the effectiveness of the EU’s €1.9 billion aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between 2003 and 2011 has been sorely limited, with less than half of programmes likely to deliver the intended results.

Report: European oil exploration threatens Congo world heritage site

Africa’s oldest national park is in danger of environmental destruction because of mushrooming oil concessions that now cover some 85% of its territory, according to a new WWF report by the consultants Dalberg.
Trade & Society 12-06-2013

Addressing human rights abuses from gold mining without stigmatisation

Much attention has been paid over recent months to ways of cutting links between natural resources and the fuelling of unlawful armed conflict, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, writes Terry Heymann. But policies to address the issue might also have unintended consequences, he warns.
Development Policy 15-02-2013

EU’s soft power in Congo toothless on ‘conflict minerals’

Congolese rebels are plundering the country’s natural resources to finance guns and materiel, but the EU remains powerless to compel companies to disclose whether they are buying vital minerals supplied by armed groups in Congo and other conflict states.
Languages & Culture 29-10-2012

OIF chief: Qatar has demonstrated ‘tangible signs of commitment to Francophonie’

Qatar's recent admission to the club of French-speaking nations, the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), was met with scepticism in some quarters. But OIF administrator Clément Duhaime says the Gulf state has demonstrated its commitment to the French language.
Security 02-10-2006

EU defence ministers to debate Kosovo status

The future of Kosovo is still a tricky issue - the Serbian parliament has overwhelmingly voted a new constitution to keep the province as a part of Serbia.    
Elections 14-06-2006

2000 EU-troops to protect Congo elections

The EU force will operate in an "unhealthy climate" as ethnic tensions rise prior to the first free Congolese elections in four decades.
Security 24-02-2006

EU reluctant to send troops to Congo

Leading EU member states are reluctant to heed a United Nations request to send troops  to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the period of the elections: they are too stretched by commitments in other areas.
Security 02-09-2003

The way forward for European defence

Since the EU is likely to manage more military missions in the future, the European countries should pool their strengths rather than attempt to 'shock and awe' their opponents.
Security 13-06-2003

EU launches military operation in Congo

On 12 June, the EU launched its historic first military operation beyond the continent - in Congo.
Security 04-06-2003

EU set to send peacekeepers to Congo

The EU plans to send a 1,400-strong peacekeeping force to eastern Congo in June 2003 in what would be the union's first military operation outside Europe and independently from NATO.
Security 22-05-2003

EU considering Congo mission

The EU's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has asked EU countries to send peacekeeping troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo in response to a request by the United Nations.