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The Europe Development Digest is a weekly e-newsletter produced at the Center for Global Development in Europe. Our e-newsletters keep you up to date with the major trends in European development policies, as well as with CGD Europe’s own programme of research, policy outreach and events. Is there anything you think we should know about, and which we might want to include in the Europe Development Digest? Please send it to ttalbot@cgdev.org.



Europe Development Digest

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Europe Development Policy Update

Milestone for malaria vaccine

Malaria kills more than 600,000 people a year, mainly infants and children in poor countries. On July 24th, British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that a malaria vaccine, called RTS,S, had been submitted to the EU and WHO for regulatory approval. Trials show that the vaccine combats malaria in a significant minority of cases. It’s not a silver bullet but will be a key part of a package of interventions, like bed nets.

UNHCR calls for EU action on Italian refugee crisis

The UN’s refugee agency has called for the EU to act urgently to stop migrants from North Africa from drowning at sea while making the perilous crossing to Europe. The growing crisis in Italy and Malta’s territorial waters has even prompted philanthropists to get involved, but the scale of the problem demands coordinated humanitarian action from EU governments. Over 8,000 people were rescued over the weekend of July 19th alone.

EU doubles down against India on trade deal

On July 25th, the EU’s trade negotiators joined with a large bloc of other WTO members asking India not to veto the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that would cut red tape and streamline customs procedures. India’s threat is being characterised as high-level brinkmanship to cynically secure a separate agreement on farm subsidies. Members need to reach consensus before this Friday, when the WTO’s general council adjourns.

 

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