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The EU has most recently been working
with the T&T on a number of programmes
in the areas such as good governance, diver-
sification, including agriculture diversification
and enabling competitive business. Current
portfolio of funding is approximately €70
million, but over the past five years, funding
has been more than €100 million.
With regard to enabling competitive busi-
ness, EU assistance has been instrumental
in the establishment of the Single Electronic
Window in keeping with the Government's
efforts to improve the ease of doing business.
With the next European Development
Fund (11th EDF) the EU will be supporting
this country's efforts to innovate and support
the strengthening of civil society, which it
believes plays a critical role in ensuring good
governance and diversification.
The EU only supports government's poli-
cies through budget support.
This change is reflective of the
changing/maturing relationship the EU
enjoys with this country where once it man-
aged projects, but now gives support to the
Government's policies such as diversification,
innovation and competitiveness. The EU
also gives support to civil society organi-
With regard to civil society, the EU has
recently issued a call for proposals. For 2015
the EU has approximately €200,000 set
aside for NGOs for work in human rights
including the areas of death penalty, dis-
crimination including LGBT issues, and
domestic violence/gender issues.
Over the next four years the EU will have
available grant funding of approximately
€1.5 million set aside for calls for proposals
for work in the areas of human rights, good
governance, and civil society strengthen-
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She said it was interesting to note that T&T's
exports to Europe has been on the increase up to 33
per cent since 2012 but relatively speaking, exports
are still small.
Tramacere said EPA implementation can be greatly
helped by more regional integration, which is why
the EU supports integration and the CSME.
Cocoa production and export
Tramacere said the EU has been supporting quite
heavily cocoa production in both T&T and the region
since the 1970s.
She said there were many projects that have received
EU funding including The Centre for the Development
of Enterprise (CDE), a joint institution of the African,
Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the
EU.Tramacere said they embarked on a regional project
to boost cocoa production as well as to ensure quality
control and safety.
She said the EU had also given support to UWI's
Cocoa Research Unit and to the UTT's project, the
Caribbean Fine Cocoa Forum.
Tramacere said T&T's cocoa was considered to be
among the highest quality worldwide.
She said the challenge was that T&T exports the
raw cocoa but not much processed chocolate, and
chocolate production has remained relatively small,
more on the artisanal level.
EU and T&T Relationship
The EU is a unique entity, 28 member states who
have relinquished certain aspects of their sovereignty
to the Union and in the best interests of Europe as
a whole. The EU is the largest donor of grant funding
around the world and the second largest trading part-
ner of T&T.
The EU has also been a leader in foreign direct
investments into T&T and has been in the country
since the 1970s and considers T&T to be an important
The EU and T&T hold many values in common,
Government rooted in democratic principles and
similar views such as climate change and sustainable
While the EU's interest in T&T and the region is
economic, trade is not its exclusive interest, there
are political interests as well.
The EU wants to strengthen its dialogue with T&T
for mutual benefit.
The EU views T&T as a leader in the region, espe-
cially given its economic leadership.
The EU encourages the country to play an even
greater role in the region.
Relationship with the wider Caribbean
and Latin America
The EU wants to strengthen its relationship with
the Caribbean and Latin America, including Cuba.
The EU has long been in favour of removal of the
economic embargo against Cuba and actually has
been in active dialogue with the country. The EU
has been a strong ally for the two regions in particular
in the fight against poverty and sustainable devel-
This Summit takes place in Brussels in June. Why
is it important? The EU and CELAC together make
up 61 states, which taken as a whole is a potentially
influential force in world affairs. 2015 is particularly
important with the deadlines and decisions looming
such as climate change (UN Paris conference).
Heavy EU support for
cocoa production in T&T
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