CARICOM, EU ink pacts for Jamaica, climate change funds

CARICOM Heads of Government and the European Union (EU) agreed to give Jamaica budget support and provide funds for the region’s climate change agenda at a special session of the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government on Sunday in St Kitts and Nevis. During a meeting with EU Commissioner for Develop-ment Andris Piebalgs, agreements were signed for the disbursement of budget support to Jamaica and for a 7.9 million Euro programme to support the region’s Climate Change Agenda.

The Commissioner also engaged in a series of bilateral meetings, a press release from CARICOM said.

The meeting also discussed regional integration and related issues and a series of specific themes related to trade, climate change and environment, crime and security and implementation of ongoing and planned programmes.

Development cooperation has advanced significantly, the CARIFORUM/EU Economic Partnership Agreement is being implemented and both sides are working together on a Joint Caribbean/EU Strategy to lay the groundwork for a more mature relationship which will encompass political dialogue and development cooperation, the release added.

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