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EU project to increase life of farm products

EU project to increase life of farm products

FAISALABAD – The European Union has announced to finance a project titled ‘Trade-Related Technical Assistance’ (TRTA) aimed at boosting Pakistan’s economy by increasing the life of farm products. It was stated by international expert, Dr Mike Dillon, at his recent meeting with University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan and Institute of Horticultural Sciences head Prof Dr Amman Ullah.
Dr Mike Dillon has been appointed as a coordinator by United

Brazilian envoy offers traders access to EU markets

SIALKOT – Ambassador of Brazil to Pakistan Alfredo Leoni has underlined the need to take some effective and positive steps for strengthening mutual trade ties between the two countries.
Talking to leading industrialists during his visit to several industrial units in Sialkot, he invited Pakistan’s business community to divert their business activities to Brazil. He vowed to make all-out efforts to boost mutual trade ties. He pledged full support and technical assistance to ensure

Italy to wait on EU before decision on Libyan rebels

ROME – Italy will seek the opinion of other European countries before deciding whether to recognise Libyan rebels as the country’s legitimate representatives, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday. Asked whether Italy would follow the French govt’s lead on recognising Libya’s opposition, Berlusconi told reporters at a press conference in Rome: “It’s the view of a single government. “I think it is better for us to listen to the views of the entire European community,” he

‘Talks on EU tariff cuts for Pakistan have failed’

BRUSSELS – Europe’s top trade negotiator called for greater commercial ties with North African states making the transition to democracy, saying he will unveil new proposals to achieve this next week. But Karel De Gucht said he will not seek unilateral trade concessions or cuts to import tariffs such as those the European Union granted its war-ravaged Balkan neighbours in the 1990s.
He cited that the unsuccessful EU attempt to grant temporary duty-free access to imports from

Pakistan moves to address neighbours’ concerns over EU trade concessions

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has written letters to India and other countries addressing their concerns over a 900 million Euro unilateral trade concessions announced by the European Union in October last year after the devastating floods, which would again come under discussion at the Council for Trade in Goods of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva on March 21.
Commerce Secretary Zafar Mehmood told a meeting of the Senate body on commerce that the letter written by Commerce Minister

From the floor of the Sindh Assembly – EU to lift seafood ban soon?

KARACHI – Sindh Fisheries Minister Zahid Bhurgari on Monday informed the Sindh Assembly that the government has renovated the Karachi Fish Harbour and the European Union (EU)’s might lift its ban on Pakistan’s seafood soon. The EU had banned the country’s seafood in 2007 causing massive losses to its industry. When an EU mission visited the harbour in 2007, they found some deficiencies both at the harbour and processing units.
Responding to a question asked by PPP lawmaker Shama

EU considers Libya sanctions, evacuates thousands

BRUSSELS – European Union governments will meet on Wednesday to discuss imposing sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi’s government, while evacuating thousands of their citizens from Libya, EU officials said. France and Germany have pushed for the 27-member EU to move quickly on measures against Libya, following a crackdown on protests against Gaddafi’s 41-year rule that has killed, by some estimates, as many as 1,000 people.
The leader of Ireland’s main opposition Fine Gael party

EU readies to evacuate Libya, but divided over Qaddafi

BRUSSELS – European governments readied to evacuate thousands of citizens from Libya Monday as oil-rich Tripoli warned of a “fight to the last bullet”, but cracks remained on how to handle Moamer Qaddafi. As British Prime Minister David Cameron made a surprise visit to Egypt, whose veteran leader Hosni Mubarak was toppled in the second Arab uprising after Tunisia, a deadly crackdown in Libya only emboldened protesters who stormed the state broadcaster and torched police stations in

Zardari urges UK to help Pakistan access EU markets

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday urged British Cabinet Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi to use her influence for setting up opportunity zones in the conflict-hit areas and pleading Pakistan’s case for enhanced and preferential trade access to the markets of European Union countries for put the country’s economy back on track.
Talking to Warsi, who called on him at the President’s House, Zardari said it would help addressing the issues of poverty and unemployment

Uncertainty over EU concessions continues

KARACHI – The World Trade Organization (WTO) has postponed its meeting, which would discuss EU concessions to Pakistan, till the third week of next month as EU is yet to form a consensus in WTO. Pakistani exporters are anxiously waiting for the approval of European Union’s (EU) trade concession.
The WTO meeting, which was originally scheduled to be held on January 31, 2011, was postponed due to a lack of consensus over trade concession in the organisation, sources told Pakistan

Five EU nations urge immediate transition in Egypt

PARIS – Five EU nations urged an immediate political transition to end violent unrest in Egypt, in a joint statement on Thursday by Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. “Only a quick and orderly transition to a broad-based government will make it possible to overcome the challenges Egypt is now facing,” said the statement. “That transition process must start now.”
Egypt’s long-standing president Hosni Mubarak is facing mass protests calling for him to quit power, which

EU energy chief says Egyptian regime ‘incomprehensible’

BRUSSELS – The EU’s energy commissioner broke ranks on Monday when he labelled the Egyptian authorities’ handling of mass street democracy protests as careless beyond belief. While European Union foreign ministers meeting at the same time deliberately shied away from criticising President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, focusing on the need for elections, German commissioner Guenther Oettinger spoke bluntly.
“We are all very worried about what is happening in Egypt, with the images”

EU urges Mubarak to immediately talk to opposition

BRUSSELS – EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to immediately hold talks with the opposition Monday and respond to the aspirations of anti-government protesters.
“The legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people should be responded to. Their aspirations for a just, better future should be met with urgent, concrete and decisive answers, and with real steps,” Ashton said.
“There needs to be a peaceful way forward,” she told reporters.

US assures Pakistan of supporting EU trade concessions from WTO

ISLAMABAD – The US has assured Pakistan of playing its due role in the approval of the European Union trade concessions from the next meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). An official source said Senior Adviser to US President on Economy David Lipton gave the assurance at a meeting with officials of the Commerce Ministry on Friday.
“We were asked to provide names of countries that were creating hurdles in the implementation of the concessions and we were assured that the

Approval of EU concessions imperative to sustain exports

KARACHI – Pakistan may lose the current trend of rising exports, primarily textile, if trade concessions proposed by the European Union (EU) are not approved in the forth-coming meeting of World Trade Organisation (WTO). Disapproval of concessions would move foreign buyers, interested in the country’s products, to other countries.
The second WTO meeting, scheduled to be held on January 31, 2011, would discuss the EU proposals following serious reservations expressed by few

India on weak ground to oppose EU trade concessions

KARACHI – India, while opposing the trade concession to Pakistan granted by European Union (EU) in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is in a weaker position to oppose the draft bill. According to experts, India which has shown serious reservations over the draft bill forwarded by EU for unilateral market access to Pakistan citing the contravention of World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules, could not muster adequate points to back up its position in the first session of WTO. Given

Hungary admits ‘bad start’ to EU presidency

BUDAPEST – Hungary stood firm against French and German criticism of its media law on Thursday, which threatened to tarnish its presidency of the European Union after an already less than ideal start.
“Yes this is a bad start, who would want to start like that?” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. “We adopted a law that we consider perfectly OK and the world criticises it,” he told foreign journalists ahead of a ceremony to mark the start of the six-month EU presidency.