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The European Union celebrated Europe Day on 9 May for the first time in St. Lucia at the site of the New National Hospital

The New Hospital  is being constructed at a cost of EC$130 million (€36.5 m) as part of grant aid provided by the EU. Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony participated in the Europe Day activities along with several other members of government and other institutions. The EU's team included Ambassador Valeriano Diaz, Head of the EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Christian Leffler EEAS, Managing Director for the Americas and Mr. John Caloghirou, head of the Caribbean desk at EU headquarters in Brussels. Diplomats, including those from EU Member States also took part. The 122 bed in St. Lucia is the single largest EU infrastructure project in the Caribbean, which when completed will consist of state of the art equipment, an accident and emergency centre, an intensive care unit, operating theatres, paediatric centre and radiography department all served by cutting edge technology. The EU will also fund the purchase of medical equipment for the facility.

Liam McManus (right) of Sir Frederick Snow and Partners explains aspects of the new Hospital to St. Lucia Health Minister Hon. Alvina Reynolds and Ambassador Valeriano Diaz (centre) Head of the European Union Delegation to Barabados and the Eastern Caribeean during a tour of the facility.
Giancarlo Tiezzi, Operative Production Director of INSO, chats with Ambassador Diaz at the Europe Day reception.
Managing Director fo the European External Action Service Mr. Christian Leffler gives a brief welcome at the Europe Day reception.
Colleagues from the Delegation (from left) Luis Araque de Juan, Head of Finance and Contracts; Zissimos Vergos, Head of Social and Rural Development and Andre Poucet Head of Infrastructure, chat with Mr. Issacc Anthony (right) St. Lucia's National Authorising Officer for co-operation with the EU.
Ambassador Valeriano Diaz (centre) Head of the European Union Delegation to Barabados and the Eastern Caribeean makes a point to Mr. Issacc Anthony (left) St. Lucia's National Authorising Officer for co-operation with the EU, and Managing Director fo the European External Action Service Mr. Christian Leffler.
Resident British Commissioner to St. Lucia Karl Burrows is greeted by Ambassador Diaz and Mr. Leffler as he arrives for the Europe Day reception.
Carlo Convalle (centre) the St. Lucia Branch Project Manager of INSO takes Ambassador Diaz and Mr. Bochu on a tour of the hospital site.
Ambassador Diaz addresses the press.
St. Lucia's Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony (left) greets hsis long time friend Mr. John Caloghirou, head of the Caribbean section at the European Union.
Ambassador Diaz (centre) introduces Prime Minister Antohny (left) head of the European External Action Srrvice Mr. Christian Leffler.
The New National Hospital
A section of the audience at the 9 May Europe Day reception.


British Trade Mission Visits EU Delegation

Barbados 31 January 2012: A United Kingdom Trade and Investment mission of some 30 small business leaders visited the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean on Tuesday 31 January, as part of their business facilitation tour to Barbados.

Mission participants were apprised on areas such as budget support programmes carried out with countries in the OECS, the state of play relating to the different projects ongoing, political and trade co-operation, and the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement.

Wayne Lynch (left) Commercial Officer with the British High Commission and Hadford Howell, Head of Trade and Investment at the Commission.
Dr. Malcolm Hendry (left) and Mandish Singh (centre) of Halcrow Group Ltd. Along with Maureen Simon of Freshwaters Consultancy.
Maureen Simon of Freshwaters Consultancy (left), Natasha Johnson-Richards (centre) of Go Digit All and Mark Stabler of Frog Trade Ltd.
Steve and Charlotte Kemp of Globe Consultants.
Sam Hyde (foreground) along with other colleagues of the British trade mission.
Head of Operations at the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Hubert Perr and colleague Zissimos Vergos, Head of the Social Development Section outline EU Development programmes to members of the visiting British trade mission.


Barbados and the EU review BBD$100 M projects portfolio - Barbados 27 February 2012

The purpose of the CPR exercise was to review the various ongoing and recently concluded programmes financed by the EU in Barbados, such as the Human Resource Development Programme, the Information and Communication technology Programme, the International Business Programme and the Renewable Energy initiative. At present Barbados' current active portfolio with the EU stands at €37.5 million or approximately BBD$100 million, with a further €42.8 million (BBD$115.3 million) foreseen within the next five years.

The meeting was chaired by Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, whilst the EU Delegation was led by Ambassador Valeriano Diaz. The CPR also provided an avenue to discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from the joint management of Barbados national portfolio with the EU.

Project Officer - Education, Stephen Boyce and Secretary in the Social Section Patricia Roach
Barbadoss Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler (left); National Authorising Officer, Juanita Thorington-Powlett (centre) and Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Valeriano Diaz.
Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Valeriano Diaz (right) addresses the media, while Minister of Finance and Econmic Affairs Christopher Sinckler looks on.
Members of the EU Delegation who attended the Country Portfolio Review. (left to right) Head of Operations Hubert Perr; Head of Finance and Contracts Luis Araque de Juan; Head of the Social Section Zissimos Vergos and Head of the Political, Trade and Press section, Claude Bochu.
Head of the Political, Trade and Press section, Claude Bochu (left) and Project Officer - Macroeconomic Travis Mitchell.


The Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean hosted a reception on 14 December 2011

The Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean hosted a reception on 14 December 2011 to commemorate World Human Rights Day, which was attended by various Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) across Barbados.

In addressing the audience, Head of Delegation Vaeriano Diaz  annouced that nearly a dozen (NGOs) stand to benefit from a $250,000 EU-funded grants programme with emphasis on human rights and human resource development.

During the reception Miss Barbados World Taisha Carrington gave an overview of her charity, whilst Chairman of the Non-State Actors' panel Rodney Grant provided an incight into the work of the panel since its establishment in 2006.

Miss Barbados World Taisha Carrington chats with Head of the EU Delegation to Barabados and the Eastern Caribbean, Valeriano Diaz.
HoD Diaz welcomes President of the Bar Association Andrew Pilgrim.
Vice President of the Senate, Senator Kerri-Ann Ifill and Wesley Worrell of the Barbados Paralympics Assocation share a light moment.
Journalist Peter Thorne and Rodney Grant, Chairman of the Non-State Actors Panel in conversation.
President of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados Cedric Murrell in discussion with Cuban Ambassador to Barbados, Orestes AngelHernandez-Hernandez.


Summer Camp

Barbados 30 June 2011

Fifty one children from the Unique Helping Hands Summer Camp, ranging from four to 13 years of age, visited the Delegation of the European Union, at its Palm Beach, Hastings offices on 30 June. The  youth, who were accompanied by six camp counsellors, got an opportunity to interact with Delegation staff, especially those from European countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Poland and Spain.

Children from the Unique Summer Camp leaving the Delegation
Delegation staff member Koen Rossel-Cambier shows the children the different EU Member state flags
Head of the Finance and Contracts section Luis Araque de Juan chatting with the children


Trade and Development Committee Meeting

Barbados 9 June 2011

The first Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), Trade and Development Committee (TDC) was held on 9 June 2011 at the Amaryllis Hotel in Barbados. Together CARIFORM and the EU discussed practical aspects of the trade pact.

Barbados 9 June 2011 - Head of the European Union Delegation to Barabados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Valeriano Diaz, EU Director for Trade Mr. Peter Thompson and the Desk Officer for Caribbean-EU Trade Relations Mr. Alex Walford
Barbados 9 June 2011  -New CARIFORUM Director General and regional EPA co-ordinator, Mr.Ivan Ogando; CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, Mr. Alexis Rosado and Head of the CARICOM EPA Implementation Unit Mr. Branford Isaacs at the inaugural Trade and Development Committee, Barabados 9 June 2011
Barbados 9 June 2011  - A section of the attendeees at the at the important first Trade and Development Committee held in Barbados


Institute of Financial Risk

Barbados 21 April 2011- Professor Udo Steffens (left) President and Chairman of the board of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and HoD Valeriano Diaz at the opening of the Institutte of Financial Risk and Regulation at the Barbados Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

The EU has provided Technical Assistance towards the establishment of the Institute that meets the needs of local and regional financial industry professionals in this rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environment.

Valeriano & Steffens


Regional Private Sector Development Programme Launch

Barbados 20 April 2011 - Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Valeriano Diaz addressing the launch of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme of the Caribbean Export Development Agency. The EU provided just over €32 million for the five year programme which is aimed at assisting CARIFORUM countries gradually integrate into the world economy by enhancing regional economic growth.



2011 Film Festival

Barbados 16 -22 May 2011

HoD Valeriano Diaz and British High Commissioner Paul Brummell in discussion on the opening night of the 2011 European Film Festival, which was held from 16-22 May
Film Patron 1a – Patron looking through a brochure before attending
Staff members Shelly-Ann Holder (left) and Karen Harris-Nicholls assist this film festival patron
Staff member Esteban Garcia de Motiloa introduces the final film of the 2011 European Film Festival, the Spanish entry El Método
Finish Honorary Counsul Algernon Leacock introduces the film Kielletty Hedelmä (Forbidden Fruit)
Young Expert at the Delegation Helena Stare introduces the film The Return of Sargeant Lapins, an entry from her native country Latvia
Patrons reuniting on the opening night of the 2011 film festival
Kids sign the register before attending the screening of the children’s films at the 2011 film festival
Film Audience 15 – Patrons listening to the introduction of a film prior to its screening
Swedish Honorary Consul Titti Kerr introduces the film Masjävlar
Kids at the film festival
Patrons in discussion
Patrons signing the film festival register


Opening of Offices

Barbados 18 November 2010

Barbados' Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ms. Maxine McClean, prepares to cut the ribbon to official open the new offices of the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in Barbados. She is being assisted by Head of Delegation Valeriano Diaz and Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler (right). Looking on at left is British High Commissioner to Barbados Paul Brummell.
Guests gathered for the opening of the new EU Delegation Offices
Dame Billie Miller, former CARIFORUM Ministerial spokesperson on EPAs chats with HoD Diaz
British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean gives an address at the opening of the EU Delegation Offices
Head of the Political, Trade and Press and Information section of the Delegation Claude Bochu chatting with national Authorising Officer of Antigua and Barbuda Dr. Clarence Henry
Guests mingling at the opening of the new EU offices
Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Valeriano Diaz addressing the opening
Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxine McClean and HoD Valeriano Diaz in discussion


Grenada Europe Day

7 May 2010

Grenada's Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean greets Head of Delegation of the Eurropean Union to barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Valeriano Diaz and his wife Ana Rosa Latorre-Zacares at a Europe Day Celebration in Grenada.
HoD Diaz and British High Commissioner Paul Brummell in discussion with Prime Minister Tillman Thomas
Project officer Jose Medina Navarro  shares a light moment with Timothy Antoine Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance
Minister of Finance and National Authorising Officer Nazim Burke in discussion with Andre Poucet (centre) Head of Infrastructure and Head of Delegation Valeriano Diaz.
Prime Minister Tillman Thomas being greeted by HoD Diaz


Elsa and Collegue