23/07/15 - EU: Pacific Youth voices must be heard
The Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific hosted a half-day workshop on the "Post-2015 Development Agenda for Youth in the Pacific" today. Its objective was to inspire civil society to engage youths in the development fora.
The European Union Delegation for the Pacific issues the following statement on the situation in Nauru.
17/06/15 - European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat sign EUR 166 million (FJD 415 million) for the Pacific Regional Indicative Programme
The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) have signed the Pacific Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The Pacific RIP amounts to EUR 166 million.
- 17/06/15 - Europe Backs Pacific on Climate Change Initiatives
The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, inaugurated the new office of the European Union Delegation for the Pacific in the heart of Suva City this afternoon.
- 17/06/15 - European Commission and Pacific Community seal pact for strengthened cooperation
The sustainable management of marine resources, mitigating climate change and integrating steps to address food security and non-communicable diseases are among the focus areas for strengthened cooperation between the European Commission and the Pacific Community.
- 16/06/15 - EU and Fiji Sign FJ$65 million Partnership for Development
Fiji's Prime Minister, the Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and the European Commissioner for International Development Neven Mimica, today signed a new partnership programme which will guide European Union development co-operation with Fiji until 2020. A FJ$65 million support programme to the Fijian Agriculture and Sugar sector and to the Justice sector will be implemented over the next five years.
- 15/06/15 - High Level Political Dialogue takes place between Fiji and the European Union
The first high level political dialogue under the EU-ACP partnership (Cotonou) Agreement since Fiji's return to democracy was held in Suva today. The discussions covered political and economic developments in Fiji and the European Union as well as key strategic topics of mutual interest for both sides. The meeting was chaired on the Fijian side by the Hon. Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, and on behalf of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy by Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. Among the outcomes was an agreement by the parties to seek common lines to tackle key international challenges such as climate change and responses to international crises.
- 08/06/15 - Solomons Women's Theatre Troupe Meets EU Commissioner in Brussels
Women performers from a British Council project run in the remote Solomon Islands had an historic meeting in Brussels today with the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
- 08/06/15 - Talk Business DVD set launched to showcase Pacific agricultural trade successes
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has launched a DVD set of television documentaries showcasing the impact of the European Union - supported Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project.
- 08/06/15 - Climate Change Opportunities for Businesses
The Pacific’s first regional forest carbon conservation initiative, the Nakau Programme, was launched in Suva today. The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs, officially launched the programme at a reception attended by members of the business community representatives from the Fiji Government and Non Government Organisations.
- 29/05/15 - EU signs visa waiver Agreement with the independent State of Samoa
On 28 May the EU signed short-stay visa waiver agreement with the independent State of Samoa at a ceremony that took place in Brussels. Similar agreements were signed with six other countries: St Lucia, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Republic of Vanuatu and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
- 27/05/15 - EU and UN Partner to Support Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru on Labour Migration Research
Representatives from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu are gaining the skills needed to tap into decent foreign employment opportunities at a workshop on Foreign Employment Research and Promotion which opened in Suva today. The three-day workshop is funded by the European Union through the Pacific Climate Change and Migration (PCCM) project.
- 26/05/15 - Local EU Statement on the appointment of the new President of the Federated States of Micronesia
The European Union Delegation for the Pacific issues the following statement in agreement with the British Embassy to the Federated States of Micronesia in Fiji.
- 20/05/15 - European Union Remains Committed to Economic Partnership in the Pacific
Despite recent claims to the contrary, the European Union remains firmly committed to Economic Partnership in the Pacific.In September 2004, the European Union started negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Pacific region. More than ten years later, negotiations are still far from conclusion.
- 17/05/15 - Stakeholders launch Pacific-focused peacebuilding resources
A collection of peacebuilding resources based on experiences from the Pacific was launched today in Suva, contributing to the growing body of documentation of peacebuilding practices in the Pacific region.
- 12/05/15 - Speech on the Occasion of Europe Day
Speech on the Ocassion of Europe Day by Andrew Jacobs, European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, on 8 May 2015, Suva, Fiji.
- 28/04/15 - Water tanks and solar panel repairs provide relief on Fais and Ulithi following typhoon Maysak
An extraordinary logistics challenge has brought together officials from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Yap State government agencies, the European Union and local residents on a remote island in the north Pacific.
- 28/04/15 - Local EU Statement on the Parliamentary elections in Tuvalu
Following the announcement of the results of the Tuvalu Parliamentary elections held on 31 March 2015, the EU Delegation congratulates all newly elected Members of Parliament. The EU Delegation also congratulates Tuvalu on the appointment of Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga on 10 April 2015 and the formation of his new cabinet.
- 24/04/15 - EU support allows Pohnpei Utility Company to save $320,000 USD on fuel bill
European Union Ambassador for the Pacific Andrew Jacobs on 24 April inaugurated the Nanpil Hydro Plant in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, following completion of rehabilitation works. Nanpil was rehabilitated as part of the EUR 15.49 million EU funded North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project or North-REP, implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the governments of FSM, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau.
- 23/04/15 - EU-SPC Partnership Powers Up RMI's Outer Islands
About 7,500 people in the Republic of the Marshall Islands now have access to electricity through the installation of 330kW solar grid systems in the outer islands. This has been made possible by the European Union funded North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (North-REP) project, being implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the European Union and the governments of RMI, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.
- 13/04/15 - Calling all EU Citizens!!
Are you an EU citizen? If you are, then the European Union Delegation for the Pacific is calling out to YOU to register yourself with us so that you can celebrate Europe Day with us on 9 May!Please email your name, address and nationality to: Delegationemail@example.com and we will do the rest! #EuropeDay2015
- 13/04/15 - Pacific Sub-regional Child Labour & Trafficking Forum
The International Labour Organization’s Pacific sub-regional child labour and trafficking programme will be conducting a Sub-Regional Child Labour and Trafficking Forum from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th April, 2015 at the Tokatoka Hotel in Nadi, Fiji.
- 10/04/15 - Youths launch advocacy video on mental health
The Youth Champs 4 Mental Health (YC4MH) launched a documentary and an advocacy video for the young people of Fiji, which aims to combat the stigma associated with mental illness and promote mental health.
- 10/04/15 - 7.5 million more trees and renewed livelihoods for Fiji’s sugar belt
Fiji is earmarked to have an extra 7.5 million trees spanning six thousand hectares of forestry plantations and woodlots in a major boost for livelihoods in Viti Levu, thanks to a new initiative funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The reforest project will also reduce the vulnerability of sugar cane crop to soil erosion and will protect Sugar cane access roads from damages and flooding thus benefitting the farming communities.
- 27/03/15 - Ground-breaking Documentary and Book Brings Violence Against Women to the Forefront
A ground-breaking Pacific documentary and book on how community theatre can help reduce violence against women was launched in Suva today at an event hosted by European Union. The Voices Against Violence book and "Stages of Change" documentary have been produced by the Stages of Change project, supported financially by the European Union and managed by the British Council, in partnership with the Solomon Island Planned Parenthood Association.
- 26/03/15 - Local EU Statement on the signing of the tripartite agreement
The European Union Delegation warmly welcomes the signing of the tripartite agreement between the Government of Fiji, the Fiji Trades Union Congress and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation in the margins of the ILO Governing Board meeting in Geneva. The European Union Delegation looks forward to its joint implementation by the three parties.
- 23/03/15 - EU Supports Fiji Elections Office Strategic Planning Process
The European Union is supporting the Fiji Elections Office (FEO) strategic planning exercise and the drafting of its five-year strategic plan in line with international best practice. The 2015-2019 strategic plan will be consistent with the FEO’s mandate and will be implemented within the framework of the Constitution and the Electoral Decree.
- 20/03/15 - EU to provide support to Kiribati and Tuvalu after Cyclone Pam
In the wake of devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, the European Union's Delegation for the Pacific, based in Suva, Fiji, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), will be mobilising financial assistance for early recovery to Kiribati and Tuvalu in coordination with their respective governments.
- 17/03/15 - New Publications Support Women's Reproductive Health
The Viseisei Sai Health Centre today launched two publications on Women's Reproductive Health to mark the completion of a two-year project implemented in partnership with the European Union to empower rural women and girls about their reproductive health. The launch of the "Understanding Your Own Reproductive Health" and the "Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls in Reproductive Health" publications are part of the European Year for Development campaign in Fiji and its global thematic focus on women and girls this month.
- 17/03/15 - Local EU Statement on Tonga's decision to ratify CEDAW
The European Union Delegation welcomes the decision of the Tongan Government to ratify the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and is looking forward to the completion of national procedures to ratify this key human rights instrument.
- 16/03/15 - €1 million for Cyclone Pam Emergency Relief Efforts
In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.
- 12/03/15 - Civil society to be involved in implementing SDGs in Fiji
Civil society organizations, key government stakeholders and technical experts, participated in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and the role civil society plays in meeting the objectives of this new development agenda.
- 10/03/15 - "Fiscal Policies Needed to Cope with Natural Disasters," says EU
The European Union has urged Pacific policy-makers to develop fiscal policies to be able to cope with and respond to natural disasters to ensure that future generations are able to manage the risks and impacts associated with them.
- 01/03/15 - Meeting of EU-Fiji trade officials 25-26 February
A team of trade officials from the European Commission was on an official visit to Fiji (25-26 February) to discuss the implementation of the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and to explore ways to strengthen EU-Fiji trade relations.
- 27/02/15 - EU, Council to launch a Debt Management Brochure
The Consumer Council of Fiji with the support of the European Union is scheduled to launch a Debt Management Brochure, this Thursday (26th February) in Suva.
- 20/02/15 - Fiji Parliamentary delegation shares UK experience
The Fijian Speaker of Parliament Honourable Dr Jiko Luveni this afternoon shared her experience of the Parliamentary mission to the United Kingdom during a debriefing session held at the European Union's official residence.
- 20/02/15 - Local EU Statement on the abolition of the death penalty in Fiji
The European Union Delegation welcomes the abolition of the death penalty in Fiji. This is an important commitment to the respect of human rights and a strong signal to other countries of the Pacific that still have death penalty.
- 18/02/15 - Fiji to benefit from another phase of tackling child labour through education (TACKLE)
The International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Pacific Island Countries today (February 18) launched Phase II of the European Union (EU) funded Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE) Project.
- 17/02/15 - High Level EU Delegation Visit EU Sugar Projects in the West
The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, HE Andrew Jacobs, the British High Commissioner, HE Roderick Drummond and the Ambassador for France in Fiji, HE Michel Djokovic are on a tour of European Union-supported projects in the Western division today. The projects target the sugar industry and those involved in it.
- 13/02/15 - USP, EU Launch Partnership Awareness
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific (EU) today launched a series of initiatives to create awareness on their partnership and its benefits to the Pacific region. This was in line with the recent launching of the European Year for Development (EYD 2015) by the European Union, with the theme Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future. The EYD 2015 campaign is dedicated towards raising awareness on the effectiveness of the EU as an active development partner in the Pacific region and around the world.
- 10/02/15 - European Union Ambassador on official visit to the Cook Islands
The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, HE Andrew Jacobs, is on an official visit to the Cook Islands this week (9-12 February) to attend the annual Development Partners meeting.
- 05/02/15 - 14/02/15 - Reminder for Call for Proposals: Strengthening the Civil Society in promoting Human Rights and development in Fiji
Interested parties are advised that Frequently Asked Questions for the Full Proposal are now available online.
- 04/02/15 - EU announces new support for sustainable development of Kiribati
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has today announced new EU support of €23 million for Kiribati, which represents almost a doubling (an increase of 80%) of previous EU support (between 2008 and 2013.) The new commitment was announced in Brussels as the Commissioner joined His Excellency, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, to sign the National Indicative Plan 2014-2020 for Kiribati under the European Development Fund.
- 30/01/15 - Call for proposals: Strengthening the Civil Society in promoting Human Rights and development in Fiji
Interested parties are advised that the general presentation and the presentation on the logcal framework are now available online.
- 29/01/15 - Improving the livelihoods of rural women in Fiji
A partnership between the European Union and local NGO, Foundation for Rural Integration and Enterprise of Fiji (FRIEND) helped a 57-year-old in Rakiraki to create her own business. The EU-funded project is helping many rural women across Fiji earn money by engaging them in the production of herbs, fruits and vegetables, honey and providing other opportunities for them.
- 23/01/15 - European Year for Development: Telling the stories which deserve to be told
The European Union officially launched the European Year for Development 2015 (#EYD2015) in the Pacific this week with media, regional and international organisations and civil society partners.
- 20/01/15 - European Union to Boost Ha'apai Cyclone Recovery Efforts
More than 1,000 households and 30 commercial and government offices on Ha ‘apai in the Kingdom of Tonga, will benefit from more efficient energy networks thanks to a TOP 2.3 million (€1 million) grant from the European Union. The funds will be released to the Government of Tonga as part of cyclone rehabilitation efforts. The island of Ha'apai sustained serious damage and significant power losses following Cyclone Ian in early 2014 when its energy grid was badly affected after 90 percent of the power lines on the island were damaged.
- 20/01/15 - European Union Project Helps to Keep Kids in School
A new EU-supported programme implemented by Takiama Ma’a Tonga Incorporated (TMT) will help address the increasing rate of school dropouts in the Kingdom. The TOP 280,000 initiative will ensure that adequate strategies and programmes are put in place to significantly and rapidly reduce the number of dropouts. This innovative programme will allow all stakeholders, including policy makers, school leaders, teachers, parents, children and their communities to work together to keep children in schools.