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K36m contract signed for infrastructure development

The contract is between the European Union, Department of National Planning and Monitoring and contractors.

The contract signing paves the way for construction company Rhodes PNG and Atlas Steel PNG to commence construction on various school projects, including teachers’ houses.

EU injected over K2.6bn

This started since the development of a partnership by PNG and the EU in what was known as the European Economic Commission in 1977.

On Wednesday, the European Union in Papua New Guinea marked the 40th year in which this partnership has developed and grown stronger since its initiation.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, in a statement delivered by Minister for Planning Richard Maru on his behalf, stated that when the partnership had first started, it had focused on aid and rural development mostly.

PNG and Europe continue cooperation on issues

The commitment to further strengthen relations was made during a courtesy call to the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, by the European Union Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos.

The Ambassador, who is now beginning his third year in Papua New Guinea, also delivered a letter from European Council President, Donald Tusk, and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Junker, encouraging a deepening of co-operation.

Pacific ACP leaders want no more cuts to EDF11 funding

The leaders and representatives of 14 Pacific ACP states met in Apia, Samoa today to discuss concerns about significant delays in the programming of the EDF 11 Pacific Regional Indicative Programme (PRIP) and other partnerships related to the EU.

At a press conference after the meeting, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor expressed disappointment at the delay.

“We are disappointed because our countries have been insisting on the drawdown of these funds and the negotiations have been protracted,” she said.

EU and Pacific to discuss Cotonou replacement in Apia

The agreement outlines the EU's commitments in terms of aid, trade and development to countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

There are 14 Pacific members of the ACP and the EU has already indicated it wants a more region specific approach.

The EU's Pacific Ambassador, Andrew Jacobs, said it had already been made clear that the Pacific wants a diversified approach that reflects the region's challenges.

EU slaps Google with record $2.7 billion fine

The European Commission found that the U.S. tech giant denied "consumers a genuine choice" by using its search engine to unfairly steer them to its own shopping platform.

Regulators said that Google must change its behavior within 90 days or face additional penalties.

VIDEO: EU shows support to ENB

The EU delegation was in the province recently, to open building facilities for the Gaulim Teachers' Training College, and visited with staff and students of Kabaira Vocational Centre in Kokopo, to share its plans in improving the institution's capacity, to meet the needs of the growing economy.

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​Education remains a key priority: Secretary

National Planning Department Secretary, Hakaua Harry, said this during the opening of dormitories and classrooms at Madang Teacher Training College, Madang Province, recently.

“The delivery of this project, through the funding support of European Union, no doubt further strengthens our partnership in meeting development challenges in the country,” stated Harry.

Brexit: EU says it doesn't want to 'punish' Britain for leaving

"Brexit is punitive enough," said Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

The EU nevertheless set out a tough set of principles for Brexit negotiations. They offer the possibility that trade talks could begin before the UK leaves -- but only after "sufficient progress" is made on the complex task of untangling Britain from the EU.

In her letter triggering the UK's formal exit from the EU, British Prime Minister Theresa May had asked for a parallel approach from the start.

PNG-EU mark 40 years with K570m deal

Two finance agreements worth K570.4 million have been signed between the PNG Government and the European Union for water and sanitation projects as well as a capacity building project.

The agreements pave the way for funding of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) Part 1 program, and capacity building of the National Authorizing Office (NAO).