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  •   European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
      European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
    Foreign4 days ago

    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration

    - European Union (EU) interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy. but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports. .

    The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking, a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe's shores. Ultimately, France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so.

    Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe's borders illegally.

    The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe-bound migrants from poor and war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East. Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide, the devastating effects of climate change, and economic hardship.

    Margaritis Schinas, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs, said Friday's meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a "comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum".

    "We should work, not crisis by crisis or ship by ship, but in a single framework," he said on social media.

    According to Stefano Amadeo, a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy, reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27-nation bloc.

    “The European Commission is the only entity that can (take the initiative) working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so. But it will take time and (a lot) of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration. Amadeo said.

    He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration, launched in 2015, called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers, including Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta, and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests. for asylum have been processed.

    But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process, he said. "There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024," she said.

    In the meantime, the problem is likely to escalate. According to recent data from the European Commission, so far this year around 90,000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa, the majority landing in Italy and Malta.

    This number is below the average of 170,000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015, but it is still an increase of around 50% compared to the same period in 2021.

    With worsening political, economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East, the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
      European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
    Foreign4 days ago

    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration

    - European Union (EU) interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy. but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports. .

    The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking, a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe's shores. Ultimately, France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so.

    Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe's borders illegally.

    The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe-bound migrants from poor and war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East. Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide, the devastating effects of climate change, and economic hardship.

    Margaritis Schinas, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs, said Friday's meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a "comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum".

    "We should work, not crisis by crisis or ship by ship, but in a single framework," he said on social media.

    According to Stefano Amadeo, a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy, reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27-nation bloc.

    “The European Commission is the only entity that can (take the initiative) working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so. But it will take time and (a lot) of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration. Amadeo said.

    He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration, launched in 2015, called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers, including Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta, and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests. for asylum have been processed.

    But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process, he said. "There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024," she said.

    In the meantime, the problem is likely to escalate. According to recent data from the European Commission, so far this year around 90,000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa, the majority landing in Italy and Malta.

    This number is below the average of 170,000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015, but it is still an increase of around 50% compared to the same period in 2021.

    With worsening political, economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East, the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The United Nations World Food Programme WFP has reached some 1 2 million vulnerable people with US 17 5 million cash assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC this year thanks in part to a contribution from the European Union EU The contribution which was received through the European Union s Humanitarian Aid department ECHO has allowed WFP to provide life saving assistance to people in eastern DRC where intensifying violence is worsening food insecurity and decimating people s livelihoods Conflict in the east of the country remains the main driver of food insecurity and the source of Africa s largest displacement crisis with 5 7 million people displaced Money for families means they can afford food and medicines this is critical when you are uprooted by conflict and you have lost your homes and income said Peter Musoko WFP s Country Director in DRC We need to continue to be able to respond at scale and ensure that affected communities have continued access to the critical food assistance they require While the deteriorating security situation limits WFP s access to those most in need cash is one of the most effective ways for WFP to help displaced families fight hunger malnutrition and improve their food security The EU has been funding WFP for many years in its efforts to address food insecurity in areas affected by conflict in the east of DRC says Johan Heffinck EU Humanitarian Aid s Head of Office in DRC This strategic partnership helps address our humanitarian priorities to assist internally displaced persons as quickly as possible This makes our partnership very important Where markets and financial sectors are functioning putting money directly into people s hands helps them to buy what they need the most It gives them greater choice and independence Latest WFP analysis shows that over 10 percent of the assisted people have an acceptable food consumption score representing an increase of over 4 percent compared to 2021 in Ituri North Kivu South Kivu Tanganyika and Haut Katanga as a result of the support Between in kind food assistance and cash assistance I preferred cash because having lost everything we are able to better prioritize needs said Emedi Kisimba who received WFP s cash assistance in 2021 I invested my money in livestock which I sell to pay school fees for my three little brothers in secondary school I also sell goats to pay for my children s health care and for food expenses According to the latest IPC report over 26 million people or a quarter of the population are facing acute food insecurity IPC Phase 3 and above Maintaining regular food assistance is vital especially during the lean season Even when food is available higher prices triggered partly by rising fuel and transport costs mean that vulnerable households cannot afford sufficient and proper nutritious food Continued support from donors such as the European Union is providing a lifeline for families in the DRC facing increased insecurity and deteriorating socio economic conditions Despite the challenging operating environment WFP plans to reach a record 8 6 million people in DRC this year over two million more than it supported in 2021 and needs an additional US 116 million to support critical programmes for the next six months
    European Union funding helps millions access food as conflict engulfs Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
      The United Nations World Food Programme WFP has reached some 1 2 million vulnerable people with US 17 5 million cash assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC this year thanks in part to a contribution from the European Union EU The contribution which was received through the European Union s Humanitarian Aid department ECHO has allowed WFP to provide life saving assistance to people in eastern DRC where intensifying violence is worsening food insecurity and decimating people s livelihoods Conflict in the east of the country remains the main driver of food insecurity and the source of Africa s largest displacement crisis with 5 7 million people displaced Money for families means they can afford food and medicines this is critical when you are uprooted by conflict and you have lost your homes and income said Peter Musoko WFP s Country Director in DRC We need to continue to be able to respond at scale and ensure that affected communities have continued access to the critical food assistance they require While the deteriorating security situation limits WFP s access to those most in need cash is one of the most effective ways for WFP to help displaced families fight hunger malnutrition and improve their food security The EU has been funding WFP for many years in its efforts to address food insecurity in areas affected by conflict in the east of DRC says Johan Heffinck EU Humanitarian Aid s Head of Office in DRC This strategic partnership helps address our humanitarian priorities to assist internally displaced persons as quickly as possible This makes our partnership very important Where markets and financial sectors are functioning putting money directly into people s hands helps them to buy what they need the most It gives them greater choice and independence Latest WFP analysis shows that over 10 percent of the assisted people have an acceptable food consumption score representing an increase of over 4 percent compared to 2021 in Ituri North Kivu South Kivu Tanganyika and Haut Katanga as a result of the support Between in kind food assistance and cash assistance I preferred cash because having lost everything we are able to better prioritize needs said Emedi Kisimba who received WFP s cash assistance in 2021 I invested my money in livestock which I sell to pay school fees for my three little brothers in secondary school I also sell goats to pay for my children s health care and for food expenses According to the latest IPC report over 26 million people or a quarter of the population are facing acute food insecurity IPC Phase 3 and above Maintaining regular food assistance is vital especially during the lean season Even when food is available higher prices triggered partly by rising fuel and transport costs mean that vulnerable households cannot afford sufficient and proper nutritious food Continued support from donors such as the European Union is providing a lifeline for families in the DRC facing increased insecurity and deteriorating socio economic conditions Despite the challenging operating environment WFP plans to reach a record 8 6 million people in DRC this year over two million more than it supported in 2021 and needs an additional US 116 million to support critical programmes for the next six months
    European Union funding helps millions access food as conflict engulfs Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Africa4 days ago

    European Union funding helps millions access food as conflict engulfs Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached some 1.2 million vulnerable people with US$ 17.5 million cash assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this year thanks in part to a contribution from the European Union (EU).

    The contribution, which was received through the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), has allowed WFP to provide life-saving assistance to people in eastern DRC, where intensifying violence is worsening food insecurity and decimating people’s livelihoods.

    Conflict in the east of the country remains the main driver of food insecurity and the source of Africa's largest displacement crisis with 5.7 million people displaced.

    “Money for families means they can afford food and medicines – this is critical when you are uprooted by conflict, and you have lost your homes and income,’’ said Peter Musoko, WFP’s Country Director in DRC.

    “We need to continue to be able to respond at scale and ensure that affected communities have continued access to the critical food assistance they require.’’While the deteriorating security situation limits WFP's access to those most in need, cash is one of the most effective ways for WFP to help displaced families fight hunger, malnutrition and improve their food security.

    “The EU has been funding WFP for many years in its efforts to address food insecurity in areas affected by conflict in the east of DRC,” says Johan Heffinck, EU Humanitarian Aid’s Head of Office in DRC.

    “This strategic partnership helps address our humanitarian priorities to assist internally displaced persons as quickly as possible.

    This makes our partnership very important.”Where markets and financial sectors are functioning, putting money directly into people’s hands helps them to buy what they need the most.

    It gives them greater choice and independence. 

    Latest WFP analysis shows that over 10 percent of the assisted people have an acceptable food consumption score, representing an increase of over 4 percent compared to 2021 in Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Tanganyika, and Haut Katanga as a result of the support.

     "Between in-kind food assistance and cash assistance, I preferred cash because, having lost everything, we are able to better prioritize needs,” said Emedi Kisimba, who received WFP’s cash assistance in 2021.

    “I invested my money in livestock, which I sell to pay school fees for my three little brothers in secondary school.

    I also sell goats to pay for my children's health care and for food expenses."

    According to the latest IPC report, over 26 million people, or a quarter of the population, are facing acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 and above).

    Maintaining regular food assistance is vital, especially during the lean season.

    Even when food is available, higher prices, triggered partly by rising fuel and transport costs, mean that vulnerable households cannot afford sufficient and proper nutritious food. 

    Continued support from donors such as the European Union is providing a lifeline for families in the DRC facing increased insecurity and deteriorating socio-economic conditions.

    Despite the challenging operating environment, WFP plans to reach a record 8.6 million people in DRC this year — over two million more than it supported in 2021 and needs an additional US$116 million to support critical programmes for the next six months.

  •   The Economic Social and Cultural Council ECOSOCC from November 16 18 held an African Civil Society Organizations CSOs meeting on the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt in the field of peace and security and to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions The meeting held in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa COMESA and the AU on the European Union EU Support Programme on the African Peace and Security Architecture APSA IV converged African CSOs active in the field of peace security and governance from all 5 regions of the Continent as the primary participant group Also attending the meeting were representatives from RECs RMs the African Union Commission AUC and members of ECOSOCC s General Assembly GA Speaking during the opening ceremony Ambassador Yabesh Monari Director for Africa and AU Directorate Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said CSOs had a central role to play in addressing the key drivers of conflict and reminded them that the APSA remained the best tool for promoting peace and security on the continent in an integrated approach ECOSOCC Presiding Officer Mr Denise Kodhe emphasized that the future and stability of Africa depended on Africans Furthermore CSOs have a grassroots level experience of peace and security in Africa We look forward to their inputs which will give an apt picture of the state of peace and security in Africa by the end of the meeting he said ECOSOCC s initiative to strengthen CSOs capacity in this thematic area is guided by the Peace and Security Council PSC Protocol as well as the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions all of which are important components of AU peace and security frameworks The Livingstone Formula and Maseru Conclusions emphasize the importance of strengthening CSOs ability to contribute to peace security and stability through conflict prevention management resolution mediation peacekeeping and post conflict reconstruction and development effectively encouraging CSOs to actively participate in the operationalization of the APSA Mr William Carew Head of ECOSOCC Secretariat highlighted that the meeting would build CSOs capacity in the field of peace and security through experience sharing and lessons learnt and would ultimately provide inputs into the policies and programs of the AU The meeting will also provide an opportunity for CSOs to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions and their engagement with the AU and RECs RMs This is an institutional mechanism and we call upon you as CSOs to take advantage of this and play a pivotal role in contributing to peace security and stability of this continent said Mr Carew Adding to that Mr Raymond Kitevu Conflict Early Warning Expert Governance Peace and Security of COMESA told participants the meeting would identify key challenges faced by civil society and how they could be supported Ambassador George Kwanya Kenya s Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union also attended the meeting and reminded CSOs of the cardinal role they play in peace and security efforts ECOSOCC and the RECs RMs recommitted to improving collaboration with CSOs in implementing the Livingstone Formula Maseru Conclusions including giving visibility to CSOs in the work of the mechanisms The meeting also identified improved avenues for participation of civil society in the implementation of the Livingstone Formula and other policy development and implementation processes of AU and RECs RMs An outcome document on recommendations for a more feasible pattern of interaction and cooperation between the AU RECs RMs and CSOs in achieving sustainable peace and security in Africa will be disseminated
    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) convenes annual Civil Society Organizations (CSO) meeting on the state of peace and security in Africa: Sharing experiences and lessons learned
      The Economic Social and Cultural Council ECOSOCC from November 16 18 held an African Civil Society Organizations CSOs meeting on the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt in the field of peace and security and to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions The meeting held in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa COMESA and the AU on the European Union EU Support Programme on the African Peace and Security Architecture APSA IV converged African CSOs active in the field of peace security and governance from all 5 regions of the Continent as the primary participant group Also attending the meeting were representatives from RECs RMs the African Union Commission AUC and members of ECOSOCC s General Assembly GA Speaking during the opening ceremony Ambassador Yabesh Monari Director for Africa and AU Directorate Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said CSOs had a central role to play in addressing the key drivers of conflict and reminded them that the APSA remained the best tool for promoting peace and security on the continent in an integrated approach ECOSOCC Presiding Officer Mr Denise Kodhe emphasized that the future and stability of Africa depended on Africans Furthermore CSOs have a grassroots level experience of peace and security in Africa We look forward to their inputs which will give an apt picture of the state of peace and security in Africa by the end of the meeting he said ECOSOCC s initiative to strengthen CSOs capacity in this thematic area is guided by the Peace and Security Council PSC Protocol as well as the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions all of which are important components of AU peace and security frameworks The Livingstone Formula and Maseru Conclusions emphasize the importance of strengthening CSOs ability to contribute to peace security and stability through conflict prevention management resolution mediation peacekeeping and post conflict reconstruction and development effectively encouraging CSOs to actively participate in the operationalization of the APSA Mr William Carew Head of ECOSOCC Secretariat highlighted that the meeting would build CSOs capacity in the field of peace and security through experience sharing and lessons learnt and would ultimately provide inputs into the policies and programs of the AU The meeting will also provide an opportunity for CSOs to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions and their engagement with the AU and RECs RMs This is an institutional mechanism and we call upon you as CSOs to take advantage of this and play a pivotal role in contributing to peace security and stability of this continent said Mr Carew Adding to that Mr Raymond Kitevu Conflict Early Warning Expert Governance Peace and Security of COMESA told participants the meeting would identify key challenges faced by civil society and how they could be supported Ambassador George Kwanya Kenya s Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union also attended the meeting and reminded CSOs of the cardinal role they play in peace and security efforts ECOSOCC and the RECs RMs recommitted to improving collaboration with CSOs in implementing the Livingstone Formula Maseru Conclusions including giving visibility to CSOs in the work of the mechanisms The meeting also identified improved avenues for participation of civil society in the implementation of the Livingstone Formula and other policy development and implementation processes of AU and RECs RMs An outcome document on recommendations for a more feasible pattern of interaction and cooperation between the AU RECs RMs and CSOs in achieving sustainable peace and security in Africa will be disseminated
    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) convenes annual Civil Society Organizations (CSO) meeting on the state of peace and security in Africa: Sharing experiences and lessons learned
    Africa4 days ago

    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) convenes annual Civil Society Organizations (CSO) meeting on the state of peace and security in Africa: Sharing experiences and lessons learned

    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), from November 16-18, held an African Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) meeting on the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt in the field of peace and security; and to assess the progress and challenges in governance, peace and security interventions.

    The meeting, held in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the AU on the European Union (EU) Support Programme on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA-IV), converged African CSOs active in the field of peace, security and governance from all 5 regions of the Continent as the primary participant group.

    Also attending the meeting were representatives from RECs, RMs, the African Union Commission (AUC) and members of ECOSOCC’s General Assembly (GA).

    Speaking during the opening ceremony, Ambassador Yabesh Monari, Director for Africa and AU Directorate, Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said CSOs had a central role to play in addressing the key drivers of conflict, and reminded them that the APSA remained the best tool for promoting peace and security on the continent, in an integrated approach.

    ECOSOCC Presiding Officer, Mr. Denise Kodhe, emphasized that the future and stability of Africa depended on Africans.

    Furthermore, "CSOs have a grassroots-level experience of peace and security in Africa.

    We look forward to their inputs, which will give an apt picture of the state of peace and security in Africa by the end of the meeting," he said.

    ECOSOCC's initiative to strengthen CSOs’ capacity in this thematic area is guided by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) Protocol, as well as the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions, all of which are important components of AU peace and security frameworks.

    The Livingstone Formula and Maseru Conclusions, emphasize the importance of strengthening CSOs' ability to contribute to peace, security, and stability through conflict prevention, management, resolution, mediation, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction and development; effectively encouraging CSOs to actively participate in the operationalization of the APSA.

    Mr. William Carew, Head of ECOSOCC Secretariat, highlighted that the meeting would build CSOs’ capacity in the field of peace and security through experience sharing and lessons learnt, and would ultimately provide inputs into the policies and programs of the AU.

    “The meeting will also provide an opportunity for CSOs to assess the progress and challenges in governance, peace and security interventions and their engagement with the AU and RECs/RMs. This is an institutional mechanism and we call upon you as CSOs to take advantage of this and play a pivotal role in contributing to peace, security and stability of this continent,” said Mr. Carew.

    Adding to that, Mr. Raymond Kitevu, Conflict Early Warning Expert, Governance, Peace and Security of COMESA, told participants the meeting would identify key challenges faced by civil society, and how they could be supported.

    Ambassador George Kwanya, Kenya’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union also attended the meeting and reminded CSOs of the cardinal role they play in peace and security efforts.

    ECOSOCC and the RECs/RMs recommitted to improving collaboration with CSOs in implementing the Livingstone Formula/Maseru Conclusions, including giving visibility to CSOs in the work of the mechanisms.

    The meeting also identified improved avenues for participation of civil society in the implementation of the Livingstone Formula and other policy development and implementation processes of AU and RECs/RMs.An outcome document on recommendations for a more feasible pattern of interaction and cooperation between the AU, RECs/RMs, and CSOs in achieving sustainable peace and security in Africa will be disseminated.

  •   The interior ministers of the Czech Republic Slovakia Hungary and Austria met in Prague on Thursday to discuss the problems caused by illegal immigration to the Schengen Area a visa free zone comprising most of the countries in the European Union EU According to the Czech Ministry of the Interior the most popular route to cross EU borders is currently the Western Balkans route through non EU countries Discussions will continue on a larger scale on Friday with EU interior ministers heading to Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council We want to solve migration as a common European problem Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan who will lead the meeting on Friday said in a statement The Czech Republic currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU The discussions will cover all migration routes with a special focus on the problematic Western Balkans route Rakusan said One of the proposals on the table is to coordinate visa policies with non EU countries Such an agreement has been reached between Serbia and the EU the minister said Meanwhile the Czech Republic unilaterally introduced controls on its border with Slovakia in late September to stop illegal entries This measure which is expected to remain in force until December 12 has strained relations between the two countries The Czech News Agency CTK quoted Rakusan as saying that he would propose an extension of border controls probably for 30 days However there will be special provisions during the Christmas holidays so that the controls do not complicate the reunion of families Rakusan said the controls were extraordinary and temporary We will remove them when the migratory pressure from the Western Balkans subsides the minister said Czech police have arrested more than 21 000 people this year who crossed the EU border without a valid visa This is six times more than the number recorded during the migration crisis in 2015 according to the CTK Xinhua
    Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Austrian interior ministers discuss illegal immigration
      The interior ministers of the Czech Republic Slovakia Hungary and Austria met in Prague on Thursday to discuss the problems caused by illegal immigration to the Schengen Area a visa free zone comprising most of the countries in the European Union EU According to the Czech Ministry of the Interior the most popular route to cross EU borders is currently the Western Balkans route through non EU countries Discussions will continue on a larger scale on Friday with EU interior ministers heading to Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council We want to solve migration as a common European problem Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan who will lead the meeting on Friday said in a statement The Czech Republic currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU The discussions will cover all migration routes with a special focus on the problematic Western Balkans route Rakusan said One of the proposals on the table is to coordinate visa policies with non EU countries Such an agreement has been reached between Serbia and the EU the minister said Meanwhile the Czech Republic unilaterally introduced controls on its border with Slovakia in late September to stop illegal entries This measure which is expected to remain in force until December 12 has strained relations between the two countries The Czech News Agency CTK quoted Rakusan as saying that he would propose an extension of border controls probably for 30 days However there will be special provisions during the Christmas holidays so that the controls do not complicate the reunion of families Rakusan said the controls were extraordinary and temporary We will remove them when the migratory pressure from the Western Balkans subsides the minister said Czech police have arrested more than 21 000 people this year who crossed the EU border without a valid visa This is six times more than the number recorded during the migration crisis in 2015 according to the CTK Xinhua
    Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Austrian interior ministers discuss illegal immigration
    Foreign5 days ago

    Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Austrian interior ministers discuss illegal immigration

    - The interior ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria met in Prague on Thursday to discuss the problems caused by illegal immigration to the Schengen Area, a visa-free zone comprising most of the countries in the European Union (EU).

    According to the Czech Ministry of the Interior, the most popular route to cross EU borders is currently the Western Balkans route through non-EU countries.

    Discussions will continue on a larger scale on Friday, with EU interior ministers heading to Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council.

    “We want to solve migration as a common European problem,” Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan, who will lead the meeting on Friday, said in a statement.

    The Czech Republic currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.

    The discussions will cover all migration routes, with a special focus on the problematic Western Balkans route, Rakusan said.

    One of the proposals on the table is to coordinate visa policies with non-EU countries. Such an agreement has been reached between Serbia and the EU, the minister said.

    Meanwhile, the Czech Republic unilaterally introduced controls on its border with Slovakia in late September to stop illegal entries. This measure, which is expected to remain in force until December 12, has strained relations between the two countries.

    The Czech News Agency (CTK) quoted Rakusan as saying that he would propose an extension of border controls, probably for 30 days. However, there will be special provisions during the Christmas holidays so that the controls "do not complicate the reunion of families."

    Rakusan said the controls were extraordinary and temporary.

    "We will remove them when the migratory pressure from the Western Balkans subsides," the minister said.

    Czech police have arrested more than 21,000 people this year who crossed the EU border without a valid visa. This is six times more than the number recorded during the migration crisis in 2015, according to the CTK. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   France and Germany have called for the implementation of minimum taxes on multinational companies at the European Union EU level according to senior officials As our citizens are severely affected by inflation and the energy crisis we are determined to ensure tax justice so that companies pay their fair share said French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and the German Finance Minister Christian Lindner he said in a joint statement on Thursday Le Maire and Lindner said the two countries share the view that our common European fiscal framework has a critical role to play in helping to rebuild fiscal buffers in Europe and promoting investment in climate and digital transitions They stressed the importance of resilient and sustainable growth to ensure long term fiscal sustainability Speaking of the current energy crisis the two finance ministers noted the need for investments in Europe to reduce the EU s energy dependency and address the energy climate and digital transitions We will continue to work together to harness the full potential of the EU s growth capabilities thereby increasing our economic resilience and reducing our carbon footprint they said Xinhua
    France and Germany call for taxing multinationals at EU level
      France and Germany have called for the implementation of minimum taxes on multinational companies at the European Union EU level according to senior officials As our citizens are severely affected by inflation and the energy crisis we are determined to ensure tax justice so that companies pay their fair share said French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and the German Finance Minister Christian Lindner he said in a joint statement on Thursday Le Maire and Lindner said the two countries share the view that our common European fiscal framework has a critical role to play in helping to rebuild fiscal buffers in Europe and promoting investment in climate and digital transitions They stressed the importance of resilient and sustainable growth to ensure long term fiscal sustainability Speaking of the current energy crisis the two finance ministers noted the need for investments in Europe to reduce the EU s energy dependency and address the energy climate and digital transitions We will continue to work together to harness the full potential of the EU s growth capabilities thereby increasing our economic resilience and reducing our carbon footprint they said Xinhua
    France and Germany call for taxing multinationals at EU level
    Foreign5 days ago

    France and Germany call for taxing multinationals at EU level

    - France and Germany have called for the implementation of minimum taxes on multinational companies at the European Union (EU) level, according to senior officials.

    "As our citizens are severely affected by inflation and the energy crisis, we are determined to ensure tax justice so that companies pay their fair share," said French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and the German Finance Minister Christian Lindner. he said in a joint statement on Thursday.

    Le Maire and Lindner said the two countries "share the view that our common European fiscal framework has a critical role to play in helping to rebuild fiscal buffers in Europe and promoting investment in climate and digital transitions."

    They stressed the importance of "resilient and sustainable growth" to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability.

    Speaking of the current energy crisis, the two finance ministers noted the need for investments in Europe to reduce the EU's energy dependency and address the energy, climate and digital transitions.

    "We will continue to work together to harness the full potential of the EU's growth capabilities, thereby increasing our economic resilience and reducing our carbon footprint," they said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The United Nations UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Thursday called on the European Union EU to place security and solidarity at the center of its action in the Mediterranean and on all other routes migratory On the eve of the meeting of EU interior ministers at an extraordinary session of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council the UN refugee chief said in a statement that so far this year nearly 2 000 Migrants have died or disappeared trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe While states point fingers and trade blame lives are lost What is needed are more state led and better coordinated search and rescue efforts predictable landings in safe locations and expedited access to screening and asylum procedures to identify those who may need international protection and return those who do not with safety and dignity he said The UN refugee agency UNHCR has consistently advocated that the vulnerabilities of all migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean including accompanied and unaccompanied children victims of trafficking and survivors of torture be identified in order to activate national and international initiatives protection and reception mechanisms Those arriving from conflict zones have in many cases suffered serious abuses and human rights violations UNHCR said Xinhua
    The UN urges the EU to focus on the safety of migrants from the Mediterranean
      The United Nations UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Thursday called on the European Union EU to place security and solidarity at the center of its action in the Mediterranean and on all other routes migratory On the eve of the meeting of EU interior ministers at an extraordinary session of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council the UN refugee chief said in a statement that so far this year nearly 2 000 Migrants have died or disappeared trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe While states point fingers and trade blame lives are lost What is needed are more state led and better coordinated search and rescue efforts predictable landings in safe locations and expedited access to screening and asylum procedures to identify those who may need international protection and return those who do not with safety and dignity he said The UN refugee agency UNHCR has consistently advocated that the vulnerabilities of all migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean including accompanied and unaccompanied children victims of trafficking and survivors of torture be identified in order to activate national and international initiatives protection and reception mechanisms Those arriving from conflict zones have in many cases suffered serious abuses and human rights violations UNHCR said Xinhua
    The UN urges the EU to focus on the safety of migrants from the Mediterranean
    Foreign5 days ago

    The UN urges the EU to focus on the safety of migrants from the Mediterranean

    - The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Thursday called on the European Union (EU) to place security and solidarity at the center of its action in the Mediterranean and on all other routes migratory

    On the eve of the meeting of EU interior ministers at an extraordinary session of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, the UN refugee chief said in a statement that so far this year, nearly 2,000 Migrants have died or disappeared trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

    "While states point fingers and trade blame, lives are lost. What is needed are more state-led and better coordinated search and rescue efforts, predictable landings in safe locations, and expedited access to screening and asylum procedures. to identify those who may need international protection, and return those who do not with safety and dignity," he said.

    The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has consistently advocated that the vulnerabilities of all migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean, including accompanied and unaccompanied children, victims of trafficking and survivors of torture, be identified. in order to activate national and international initiatives. protection and reception mechanisms.

    Those arriving from conflict zones have in many cases suffered serious abuses and human rights violations, UNHCR said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   France and Germany have called for the implementation of minimum taxes on multinational companies at the European Union EU level according to senior officials As our citizens are severely affected by inflation and the energy crisis we are determined to ensure tax justice so that companies pay their fair share said French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and the German Finance Minister Christian Lindner he said in a joint statement on Thursday Le Maire and Lindner said the two countries share the view that our common European fiscal framework has a critical role to play in helping to rebuild fiscal buffers in Europe and promoting investment in climate and digital transitions They stressed the importance of resilient and sustainable growth to ensure long term fiscal sustainability Speaking of the current energy crisis the two finance ministers noted the need for investments in Europe to reduce the EU s energy dependency and address the energy climate and digital transitions We will continue to work together to harness the full potential of the EU s growth capabilities thereby increasing our economic resilience and reducing our carbon footprint they said Xinhua
    France and Germany call for taxing multinationals at EU level
      France and Germany have called for the implementation of minimum taxes on multinational companies at the European Union EU level according to senior officials As our citizens are severely affected by inflation and the energy crisis we are determined to ensure tax justice so that companies pay their fair share said French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and the German Finance Minister Christian Lindner he said in a joint statement on Thursday Le Maire and Lindner said the two countries share the view that our common European fiscal framework has a critical role to play in helping to rebuild fiscal buffers in Europe and promoting investment in climate and digital transitions They stressed the importance of resilient and sustainable growth to ensure long term fiscal sustainability Speaking of the current energy crisis the two finance ministers noted the need for investments in Europe to reduce the EU s energy dependency and address the energy climate and digital transitions We will continue to work together to harness the full potential of the EU s growth capabilities thereby increasing our economic resilience and reducing our carbon footprint they said Xinhua
    France and Germany call for taxing multinationals at EU level
    Foreign5 days ago

    France and Germany call for taxing multinationals at EU level

    - France and Germany have called for the implementation of minimum taxes on multinational companies at the European Union (EU) level, according to senior officials.

    "As our citizens are severely affected by inflation and the energy crisis, we are determined to ensure tax justice so that companies pay their fair share," said French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and the German Finance Minister Christian Lindner. he said in a joint statement on Thursday.

    Le Maire and Lindner said the two countries "share the view that our common European fiscal framework has a critical role to play in helping to rebuild fiscal buffers in Europe and promoting investment in climate and digital transitions."

    They stressed the importance of "resilient and sustainable growth" to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability.

    Speaking of the current energy crisis, the two finance ministers noted the need for investments in Europe to reduce the EU's energy dependency and address the energy, climate and digital transitions.

    "We will continue to work together to harness the full potential of the EU's growth capabilities, thereby increasing our economic resilience and reducing our carbon footprint," they said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The Botswana government and the European Union EU launched the Multi Annual Indicative Program MIP on Tuesday covering the period 2021 to 2027 with an initial grant of 16 million about US 16 44 million Speaking at the launch in Gaborone the Botswana capital Botswana s Finance Minister Peggy Serame stated that the IPM priorities lay out two priority areas ecological transformation and economic diversification The EU will provide 16 million to finance actions between 2021 and 2024 A further financial allocation will be determined for the period 2025 2027 after a review in 2024 Botswana s Finance Minister Peggy Serame right shaking hands with Petra Pereyra Ambassador of the European Union to Botswana and the Southern African Development Community during the launch of the Multi Annual Indicative Program MIP in Gaborone Botswana on November 22 2022 Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo Serame said that despite the country s middle income status the southern African nation still faces numerous challenges including unemployment particularly among graduates and the need to diversify the economy The Ambassador of the European Union in Botswana and the Southern African Development Community SADC Petra Pereyra stated that the purpose of this cooperation program is to help Botswana move from an economy based on natural resources to one based on knowledge Botswana has enormous potential for renewable energy particularly through the development of solar energy It has enormous potential if you invest in its youth to make them the driving force behind the diversification and development of the economy and the country Pereira said Xinhua
    Botswana and the EU launch cooperation program
      The Botswana government and the European Union EU launched the Multi Annual Indicative Program MIP on Tuesday covering the period 2021 to 2027 with an initial grant of 16 million about US 16 44 million Speaking at the launch in Gaborone the Botswana capital Botswana s Finance Minister Peggy Serame stated that the IPM priorities lay out two priority areas ecological transformation and economic diversification The EU will provide 16 million to finance actions between 2021 and 2024 A further financial allocation will be determined for the period 2025 2027 after a review in 2024 Botswana s Finance Minister Peggy Serame right shaking hands with Petra Pereyra Ambassador of the European Union to Botswana and the Southern African Development Community during the launch of the Multi Annual Indicative Program MIP in Gaborone Botswana on November 22 2022 Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo Serame said that despite the country s middle income status the southern African nation still faces numerous challenges including unemployment particularly among graduates and the need to diversify the economy The Ambassador of the European Union in Botswana and the Southern African Development Community SADC Petra Pereyra stated that the purpose of this cooperation program is to help Botswana move from an economy based on natural resources to one based on knowledge Botswana has enormous potential for renewable energy particularly through the development of solar energy It has enormous potential if you invest in its youth to make them the driving force behind the diversification and development of the economy and the country Pereira said Xinhua
    Botswana and the EU launch cooperation program
    Foreign6 days ago

    Botswana and the EU launch cooperation program

    - The Botswana government and the European Union (EU) launched the Multi-Annual Indicative Program (MIP) on Tuesday, covering the period 2021 to 2027 with an initial grant of €16 million (about US$16.44 million). ).

    Speaking at the launch in Gaborone, the Botswana capital, Botswana's Finance Minister Peggy Serame stated that the IPM priorities lay out two priority areas: ecological transformation and economic diversification.

    The EU will provide €16 million to finance actions between 2021 and 2024. A further financial allocation will be determined for the period 2025-2027 after a review in 2024.

    Botswana's Finance Minister Peggy Serame (right) shaking hands with Petra Pereyra, Ambassador of the European Union to Botswana and the Southern African Development Community, during the launch of the Multi-Annual Indicative Program (MIP) in Gaborone, Botswana , on November 22, 2022. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/)

    Serame said that despite the country's middle-income status, the southern African nation still faces numerous challenges, including unemployment, particularly among graduates, and the need to diversify the economy.

    The Ambassador of the European Union in Botswana and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Petra Pereyra, stated that the purpose of this cooperation program is to help Botswana move from an economy based on natural resources to one based on knowledge.

    "Botswana has enormous potential for renewable energy, particularly through the development of solar energy. It has enormous potential if you invest in its youth to make them the driving force behind the diversification and development of the economy and the country," Pereira said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Although Germany s gas storage level reached 100 percent last week Europe s largest economy is still struggling to achieve long term energy independence after decades of heavy reliance on imports German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck called this a mistake by previous administrations and now the country faces the immediate challenge of getting enough fuel to avoid blackouts over the winter However in the long term Germany will have to conclude multiple new energy partnerships and achieve energy independence by investing in renewable energy HIT BY THE ENERGY CRISIS A large net importer of energy with 70 percent coming from fossil fuel and uranium imports Germany was hit particularly hard by the energy crisis in Europe As of early 2022 Russia was still providing Germany with more than half of its coal and natural gas supplies along with 34 percent of oil supplies After Russia s gas supply to Europe via the crucial Nord Stream 1 pipeline was already cut off in early September both Nord Stream 1 and 2 were damaged and rendered inoperable by a series of explosions that caused gas leaks underwater at the end of September 2022 Due to the increased uncertainty amid the current situation Germany s largest energy provider E ON further reduced the value of its stake in Nord Stream 1 The company s 15 5 percent stake it was devalued to only 100 million euros 103 million US dollars below 500 million euros at the end of June Having declared the Level 2 Alert Level of the gas emergency plan the Bundesnetzagentur BNetzA the German regulatory office responsible for electricity and gas has been busy safeguarding pre winter gas supplies and storages now they are full As part of energy saving measures minimum room temperatures have been lowered monuments are no longer lit and the country s million private pools and jacuzzis will have to remain unheated during the winter The BNetzA stressed the need to reduce consumption by at least 20 percent INEVITABLE POLICY CHANGES Before this energy brinkmanship came into play Germany had a stated goal of phasing out coal fired power plants by 2030 and decommissioning all nuclear plants by the end of 2022 However the government had to do a U turn in nuclear power and coal fired power plants to protect your power supplies and address an immediate shortfall After internal disputes within the governing coalition Chancellor Olaf Scholz intervened and allowed the three German nuclear plants to continue generating electricity through the winter until April 15 2023 While there have been short term successes in gas storage Germany is looking elsewhere to shore up gas supplies to end its energy dependency To diversify imports Habeck quickly began gas supply talks with Norway Canada and the United States Germany has also signaled its interest in discussing a natural gas pact with the United Kingdom UK with a view to including a mutual bailout clause in case of shortages during an extreme cold snap The UK s long coastline is a geographical advantage when it comes to infrastructure for importing liquefied natural gas LNG BNetzA boss Klaus Mueller recently told The Guardian INDEPENDENCE THROUGH RENEWABLES The extension of the useful life of nuclear and coal power plants could be seen as a setback for Germany s environmental plans Habeck however now sees an accelerated expansion of renewable energy capacity as a vital tool for achieving energy independence and climate protection As the share of renewable energy increases Germany will reduce its need to import energy The government aims to cover all of the country s electricity needs with renewable energy by 2035 five years ahead of the original target Already by 2030 the share of wind and solar power will roughly double from current levels to 80 percent All these plans however are of little help today Although gas storage facilities are now full and Germany has security of supply agreements throughout the European Union EU an extreme cold snap would test the public s resolve to reduce energy consumption Blackouts could be avoided but the supply situation remains extremely tense German power transmission network operator Amprion said With the destruction of sections of the Nord Stream oil pipelines it is clear that the country will not have the option of returning to its historical energy structure Until renewables are ready the diversification of energy supplies will become an increasingly pressing issue 1 euro 1 03 US dollars Xinhua
    Germany Strives to Achieve Long-Term Energy Independence-
      Although Germany s gas storage level reached 100 percent last week Europe s largest economy is still struggling to achieve long term energy independence after decades of heavy reliance on imports German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck called this a mistake by previous administrations and now the country faces the immediate challenge of getting enough fuel to avoid blackouts over the winter However in the long term Germany will have to conclude multiple new energy partnerships and achieve energy independence by investing in renewable energy HIT BY THE ENERGY CRISIS A large net importer of energy with 70 percent coming from fossil fuel and uranium imports Germany was hit particularly hard by the energy crisis in Europe As of early 2022 Russia was still providing Germany with more than half of its coal and natural gas supplies along with 34 percent of oil supplies After Russia s gas supply to Europe via the crucial Nord Stream 1 pipeline was already cut off in early September both Nord Stream 1 and 2 were damaged and rendered inoperable by a series of explosions that caused gas leaks underwater at the end of September 2022 Due to the increased uncertainty amid the current situation Germany s largest energy provider E ON further reduced the value of its stake in Nord Stream 1 The company s 15 5 percent stake it was devalued to only 100 million euros 103 million US dollars below 500 million euros at the end of June Having declared the Level 2 Alert Level of the gas emergency plan the Bundesnetzagentur BNetzA the German regulatory office responsible for electricity and gas has been busy safeguarding pre winter gas supplies and storages now they are full As part of energy saving measures minimum room temperatures have been lowered monuments are no longer lit and the country s million private pools and jacuzzis will have to remain unheated during the winter The BNetzA stressed the need to reduce consumption by at least 20 percent INEVITABLE POLICY CHANGES Before this energy brinkmanship came into play Germany had a stated goal of phasing out coal fired power plants by 2030 and decommissioning all nuclear plants by the end of 2022 However the government had to do a U turn in nuclear power and coal fired power plants to protect your power supplies and address an immediate shortfall After internal disputes within the governing coalition Chancellor Olaf Scholz intervened and allowed the three German nuclear plants to continue generating electricity through the winter until April 15 2023 While there have been short term successes in gas storage Germany is looking elsewhere to shore up gas supplies to end its energy dependency To diversify imports Habeck quickly began gas supply talks with Norway Canada and the United States Germany has also signaled its interest in discussing a natural gas pact with the United Kingdom UK with a view to including a mutual bailout clause in case of shortages during an extreme cold snap The UK s long coastline is a geographical advantage when it comes to infrastructure for importing liquefied natural gas LNG BNetzA boss Klaus Mueller recently told The Guardian INDEPENDENCE THROUGH RENEWABLES The extension of the useful life of nuclear and coal power plants could be seen as a setback for Germany s environmental plans Habeck however now sees an accelerated expansion of renewable energy capacity as a vital tool for achieving energy independence and climate protection As the share of renewable energy increases Germany will reduce its need to import energy The government aims to cover all of the country s electricity needs with renewable energy by 2035 five years ahead of the original target Already by 2030 the share of wind and solar power will roughly double from current levels to 80 percent All these plans however are of little help today Although gas storage facilities are now full and Germany has security of supply agreements throughout the European Union EU an extreme cold snap would test the public s resolve to reduce energy consumption Blackouts could be avoided but the supply situation remains extremely tense German power transmission network operator Amprion said With the destruction of sections of the Nord Stream oil pipelines it is clear that the country will not have the option of returning to its historical energy structure Until renewables are ready the diversification of energy supplies will become an increasingly pressing issue 1 euro 1 03 US dollars Xinhua
    Germany Strives to Achieve Long-Term Energy Independence-
    Foreign6 days ago

    Germany Strives to Achieve Long-Term Energy Independence-

    - Although Germany's gas storage level reached 100 percent last week, Europe's largest economy is still struggling to achieve long-term energy independence after decades of heavy reliance on imports.

    German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck called this a "mistake" by previous administrations and now the country faces the immediate challenge of getting enough fuel to avoid blackouts over the winter.

    However, in the long term, Germany will have to conclude multiple new energy partnerships and achieve energy independence by investing in renewable energy.

    HIT BY THE ENERGY CRISIS

    A large net importer of energy with 70 percent coming from fossil fuel and uranium imports, Germany was hit particularly hard by the energy crisis in Europe. As of early 2022, Russia was still providing Germany with more than half of its coal and natural gas supplies along with 34 percent of oil supplies.

    After Russia's gas supply to Europe via the crucial Nord Stream 1 pipeline was already cut off in early September, both Nord Stream 1 and 2 were damaged and rendered inoperable by a series of explosions that caused gas leaks. underwater at the end of September 2022.

    Due to the "increased uncertainty amid the current situation", Germany's largest energy provider E.ON further reduced the value of its stake in Nord Stream 1. The company's 15.5 percent stake it was devalued to only 100 million euros (103 million US dollars). ), below 500 million euros at the end of June.

    Having declared the 'Level 2: Alert Level' of the gas emergency plan, the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the German regulatory office responsible for electricity and gas, has been busy safeguarding pre-winter gas supplies and storages. now they are full.

    As part of energy-saving measures, minimum room temperatures have been lowered, monuments are no longer lit, and the country's million private pools and jacuzzis will have to remain unheated during the winter. The BNetzA stressed the need to reduce consumption by at least 20 percent.

    INEVITABLE POLICY CHANGES

    Before this energy brinkmanship came into play, Germany had a stated goal of phasing out coal-fired power plants by 2030 and decommissioning all nuclear plants by the end of 2022. However, the government had to do a U-turn in nuclear power and coal. -fired power plants to protect your power supplies and address an immediate shortfall.

    After internal disputes within the governing coalition, Chancellor Olaf Scholz intervened and allowed the three German nuclear plants to continue generating electricity through the winter until April 15, 2023.

    While there have been short-term successes in gas storage, Germany is looking elsewhere to shore up gas supplies to end its energy dependency. To diversify imports, Habeck quickly began gas supply talks with Norway, Canada and the United States.

    Germany has also signaled its interest in discussing a natural gas pact with the United Kingdom (UK) with a view to including a mutual bailout clause in case of shortages during an extreme cold snap. The UK's long coastline is a "geographical advantage when it comes to infrastructure for importing liquefied natural gas (LNG)," BNetzA boss Klaus Mueller recently told The Guardian.

    INDEPENDENCE THROUGH RENEWABLES

    The extension of the useful life of nuclear and coal power plants could be seen as a setback for Germany's environmental plans. Habeck, however, now sees an accelerated expansion of renewable energy capacity as a vital tool for achieving energy independence and climate protection.

    As the share of renewable energy increases, Germany will reduce its need to import energy. The government aims to cover all of the country's electricity needs with renewable energy by 2035, five years ahead of the original target. Already by 2030, the share of wind and solar power will roughly double from current levels to 80 percent.

    All these plans, however, are of little help today.

    Although gas storage facilities are now full and Germany has security-of-supply agreements throughout the European Union (EU), an extreme cold snap would test the public's resolve to reduce energy consumption. Blackouts could be avoided, but the supply situation remains "extremely tense," German power transmission network operator Amprion said.

    With the destruction of sections of the Nord Stream oil pipelines, it is clear that the country will not have the option of returning to its historical energy structure. Until renewables are ready, the diversification of energy supplies will become an increasingly pressing issue. (1 euro = 1.03 US dollars) ■



    (Xinhua)

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