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.