September 15, 2019

Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean join efforts to shape future digital cooperation

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By Panis Pieri From Disrupt Cyprus On 20-21 March 2019 in the Costa Rican capital of San José, over 100 policy makers, regulators, businesses, academics and other representatives of civil society engaged in working groups to deliver proposals for digital cooperation between the European Union and Latin America and Caribbean regions. The event was opened […]

Brexit: EU reveals no-deal plans

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From BBC The European Commission says it has started to implement its preparations for a no-deal Brexit – in case the UK crashes out of the EU without a plan. It has announced temporary measures to try to reduce the impact, but says it cannot counter all the problems it expects. As PM Theresa May’s […]

UK: Theresa May calls off MPs’ vote on her Brexit deal

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From BBC Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her Brexit deal so she can go back to Brussels and ask for changes to it. As it stands the deal “would be rejected by a significant margin” if MPs voted on it, she admitted. But she said she was confident of […]

Will current WTO rule-making reform proposals benefit Caribbean small states?

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By ALICIA NICHOLLS, From Nation News The following is one of the articles from Trading Thoughts by the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services. The rules-based multilateral trading system (MTS), institutionalised by the World Trade Organization (WTO), is confronting an existential threat. Questions about the fairness and efficacy of the WTO, […]

What’s at stake as EU, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, negotiate new accord

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By Vince Chadwick From devex BRUSSELS — After years of preparation and posturing, negotiations on the new relationship between the European Union and 79 African, Caribbean, and Pacific states are finally underway. The talks come as ACP-EU Partnership Agreement — signed in Cotonou in 2000, which has set the legal framework for trade, dialogue, and […]

Cayman Islands Ministry updates stakeholders on EU assessment

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The Ministry of Financial Services has been advancing the discussion surrounding the European Union’s assessment of jurisdictions’ tax regimes with key audiences; namely EU officials, Cayman Islands Government officials and local financial services industry representatives. Financial Services Minister Tara Rivers travelled to Belgium last month to discuss Cayman’s position with EU officials. Upon her return […]

UK planes may not be able to land in Europe if Brexit goes wrong, says Juncker

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PA From Aol. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested that British planes may not be able to land in the EU if Brexit goes wrong. And Mr Juncker said a four-day quarantine may be imposed on pet dogs and cats passing from the UK to continental Europe and again on their return journey. Speaking […]

Irma Diaries puts a face to the impacts of climate change

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From OECS Thursday, September 20, 2018 — Brussels, Belgium — The Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States in Brussels hosted the Author Angela Burnett in the presentation and reading of her book The Irma Diaries on Monday, 17th September 2018. The event was attended by representatives of EU as well as diplomats from the Latin […]

Liam Fox: No deal most likely Brexit outcome for UK

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From BBC Liam Fox says the chance of a no-deal Brexit is growing, blaming the “intransigence” of the European Commission. The international trade secretary and Brexiteer put the chance of failing to come to an agreement at “60-40”. He told the Sunday Times that Brussels’ chief negotiator had dismissed the UK’s Chequers proposals simply because […]

Innovative countries in Europe 2

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These are the 20 most innovative countries in Europe Part 2 By Fernando Belinchón, From Business Insider Each year, the European Commission publishes a report on innovation, ranking the different EU member countries. While this year has seen positive trends overall, the body has warned that more is needed to be vie for global competition. […]