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A joint initiative focused on helping businesses prepare better for disaster was launched today by the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Fiji Business Disaster and Resilience Council (FBDRC), with funding support from the European Union (EU) and the ACP Group of States.
This article was co-signed by the resident European Union Heads of Mission in Fiji: EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific H.E. Mr Andrew Jacobs, French Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu H.E. Mr Michel Djokovic, British High Commissioner to Fiji and Head of the UK South Pacific Network H.E. Ms Melanie Hopkins and Spanish chargé d'affaires a.i. to Fiji Mr Daniel Montilla Rubiales.
On May 9 the European Union (EU) will be celebrating Europe Day worldwide. On this day in 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the EU, made the famous ‘Schuman Declaration’, in which he called on the nations of Europe to unite and render war on that continent unthinkable. Robert Schuman’s appeal to overcome age-old divisions just five years after the Second World War laid the foundations of what has become the European Union. Sixty-six years later, Robert Schuman’s message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.