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Grenada's PM concerned about new EU policy

Published:Monday | November 4, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Grenada's Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell has expressed concern over new European Union (EU) policies towards former colonies.

Mitchell was speaking at a recent Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) stakeholders consultation with the African Caribbean and Pacific Eminent Persons’ Group on the future of the 78-member grouping.

CARIFORUM is made up of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic.

The new EU external aid policy makes provision for a graduation mechanism in the way CARIFORUM countries access EU resources and Mitchell said this will affect member states.

As of January next year, Haiti will be the only CARIFORUM country to qualify for budgetary support from the European Union because the EU believes the other member states have graduated from that status that requires such assistance.

However, Haiti still qualifies because its gross national per capita income is below US$1,000.


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