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Appeals & Funding
Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Pakistan and Member of the European Parliament, Michael Gahler, raised his serious concerns about the increased levels of violence against certain political parties during a visit to Peshawar on 2 May. Mr. Gahler reiterated his call, when visiting Karachi last week, on state authorities to do their utmost to protect the lives of candidates and citizens and safeguard the democratic process.
The European Union, in response to an invitation by the Pakistani author ities, is deploying an election observation mission to observe the General Elections of 11 May.
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affa irs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, has nominated Michael Gahler MEP as C hief Observer for this mission. Mr Gahler was also the EU's Chief Observer for the 2008 elections in Pakistan and has participated in a number of other observation missions.
3230th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting
Brussels, 11 March 2013
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
"Recalling its conclusions of June 2012, the European Union reiterates its strong and continued commitment to deepening and widening relations with Pakistan. At the centre of this commitment is the strengthening of democracy in Pakistan.
28th January, 2013, Islamabad: The European Union (EU) has released €11 million (equivalent to PKR 1.43 billion) to the Government of Pakistan as the third tranche of its sector budget support for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Reforms Programme (KP-ESRP). The overall sector budget support for the KP province amounts to €33 million, (equivalent to approximately 4.28 billion Pakistani Rupees) for a five year period ending in 2013. The KP-ESRP sector budget support is provided as part of the European Union’s contribution to the education sector in Pakistan.
19 December 2012, Islamabad: The EU funded the 'Media for Early Flood Recovery' project (Tameer-e-Nau) with Internews Europe to help communicate the voice of the flood-affected people to the government through media capacity building and community mobilisation. Aimed to improve accountability and assistance in the post-2010 floods recovery period, the project has focused on community needs through the eyes of the media.
Brussels, 18 December 2012
The European Union's Nobel Peace prize money will fund four projects under the EU Children of Peace initiative and details of the projects were announced today by Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission.
The attribution of the award money to children affected by conflict was an unanimous decision of the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Parliament Martin Schulz and of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.
New Delhi, 4 December 2012 – The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) today signed a €11 million agreement for livelihood development and mitigation of climate change impacts through adaptation. Spanning the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) mountain region, this programme will have contribution of €10,000,000 from the EU.
The European Union has concluded €15 Million worth of grant contracts with six organizations to improve the technical and vocational training across Pakistan. The projects will focus on the promotion of demand driven skill development by partnering with the private sector. Through these projects the EU will support approximately 40,000 trainees and 700 master trainers in Pakistan. Contributions have also been made for improving teaching and training materials.
Pakistan will be allowed temporarily to export more goods duty free to the EU, so as to help the economic recovery of its flood-devastated regions, under a regulation approved by Parliament on Thursday. This exceptional measure, to apply until the end of 2013, will include fabrics, garments, linen, ethanol and leather.
The measure, intended to help the regions of Pakistan worst hit by the 2010 floods, will give preferential (duty-free) EU market access to 75 types of goods, although tonnages of some of the more commercially sensitive ones will be capped.
President: Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Main results of the Council
People affected by floods and conflict in Pakistan still in dire need of humanitarian aid.
Since March 2012, fighting in Khyber Agency, part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), has displaced over 20,000 people from their homes.
Prices of wheat, wheat flour and rice have shown an increasing trend during the reference period.
Food security remains a major challenge for the flood-affected population in southern districts; agencies agree that there is a high prevalence of hunger.
The influx of refugees from Afghanistan has been increasing in recent months while the political situation in the country remains tense.
8th March, Islamabad: The European Union is committing €30 million (equivalent to 3.52 billion Pakistani Rupees) to the Sindh Education Sector Support Programme to improve the quality and access to public education in Sindh. The Financing Agreement granting this amount to the Provincial Government of Sindh was made public today by the European Union Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, and, acting on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, the new Secretary of the Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Dr. Waqar Masood Khan, in a ceremony held at EAD in Islamabad.
Brussels, 8 February 2012
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
Prices of wheat and rice in Karachi and Lahore went up between May and September 2011. The high food prices contribute to deteriorating food security conditions.
More than 8.9 million people have been affected by the floods in Sindh and Balochistan. Floods have destroyed some 2.1 million acres of crops in Sindh alone and caused death of large numbers of livestock.
Summary: 20 September 2011 - The sixth annual Partnership Report Improving Lives: Partnership between the United Nations and the European Union in 2010 conveys results of a vibrant partnership that spans over 110 countries across the globe. Through photos and text, the report gives a glimpse of our work on the ground.
Brussels, 18 July 2011
Today we began our discussions with the Middle East Peace Process and I was able to debrief Member States on the discussions at the Quartet. From there we had an opportunity to talk about the issues that lie before us in the Middle East and especially my strong desire to see the two parties return as quickly as possible to talks and to get those moving as quickly as we possibly can.
3106th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting
Brussels, 18 July 2011
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
The Council welcomes the start of the transition process in Afghanistan this month.