Articles tagged 'european union'

EU, UK press on with talks 30 August 2018 HARARE - Despite the denials in the officialdom, the European Union (EU) and the British government seem to be succeeding in mellowing protagonists in the Zimbabwe crisis and nudging them towards some form of a unity government. The international media first leaked reports of the talks mid thi...
Zim urged to focus on the future 25 August 2018 HARARE - Outgoing European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe Philipe Van Damme has said the country needs to break away from the past and focus on the future in order to develop. Van Damme said this at the New Ambassador Hotel on Wednesday, where he was holding his “final” discussion, ending h...
'Frail Mugabe deserves dignified retirement' 24 August 2018 HARARE - Outing European Union (EU) Ambassador Philippe Van Damme has described former president Robert Mugabe as a frail, old and lonely figure who deserves a dignified retirement from public life. Van Damme leaves Zimbabwe later today after four years as the ambassador of the EU, a bloc of 4...
European Union leaders agree on combined migration accord 29 June 2018 BRUSSELS - European Union leaders agreed on Friday a hard-fought accord on migration after more than nine hours of talks. The European Council reconfirms that a precondition for a functioning EU policy relies on a comprehensive approach to migration which combines more effective control of the...
We can't continue blaming sanctions 24 April 2017 HARARE - If there is one thing that Zanu PF politicians, including President Robert Mugabe, have perfected in the last decade, it is to blame sanctions for everything that has gone bad in this country. This very disconcerting propaganda has been given legs by government which is funding a rese...
EU slams CSOs' silence on Zim's imploding economy 15 March 2017 HARARE - The European Union (EU) has slammed civil society organisations (CSOs) for turning a blind eye on Zimbabwe’s imploding economy that is causing untold suffering of the masses. The union’s envoy to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme, pictured, said the CSOs were all buttoning their lips as th...
Zanu PF slams Mugabe sanctions renewal 23 February 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF has rubbished the European Union (EU)'s decision to renew sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace for another year, saying the move is “shameful and disgraceful”. The union, which also upheld sanctions on the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI), announced...
Address corruption to unlock funding: EU tells Zim 17 October 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe needs to deal with, and address corruption levels to unlock funding, a European Union official has said, amid indications that the country’s high levels of domestic debt and fiscal deficit are being driven by rampant corruption. EU envoy to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme, last ...
EU mulls fresh sanctions on Mugabe govt 7 October 2016 HARARE - The European Union (EU) Parliament wants President Robert Mugabe's government slapped with fresh sanctions over torture of human rights defenders and abductions of pro-democracy activists. This comes as Mugabe and his government are facing growing resistance from angry and fed up Zimb...
EU concerned over slow laws alignment 1 September 2016 HARARE - European Union head of delegation Phillipe Van Damme has expressed concern over the slow pace at which laws are being aligned to the Constitution adopted three years ago. So far, about 150 laws out of 400 have been aligned to the Constitution. The EU — together with Norway and Swit...
Moyo threatens EU ambassador 2 August 2016 HARARE - Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo has threatened “to deal politically” with European Union (EU) Ambassador to Zimbabwe Philippe Van Damme, accusing him of using the social networking site to “play politics against Zanu PF”.  Van Damme has been very vocal on Zimbabwe's political ...
Zanu PF rapped for Local Govt Bill fast-track 3 July 2016 HARARE - The European Union (EU), Zimbabwean civil society and opposition have ganged up on Zanu PF for brazenly disregarding the new Constitution and using its tyranny of numbers in Parliament to fast- track the Local Government Amendment Bill. The Bill was gazetted on May 9 and on June 7, it...
Mugabe has lost trust in securocrats: Mliswa 3 July 2016 HARARE - Former Zanu PF Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa has sensationally claimed that President Robert Mugabe does not trust securocrats that have always been seen as the power behind the nonagenarian leader's 36-year rule. Speaking from Brussels, where he met with several European Union repres...
Cameron succession: Osborne rules himself out 28 June 2016 LONDON — UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne ruled himself out of the race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. Osborne, a close political ally of Cameron and one-time favourite to follow him into the premiership, wrote in the Times newspaper that he had become too divisive af...
EU envoy predicts tough year for Zim 13 January 2016 HARARE - This year will be particularly difficult for Zimbabwe and the international community should be prepared for all possible scenarios, a top European Union (EU) envoy has said. In his New Year message, head of the EU delegation in Zimbabwe Philippe Van Damme said 2016 is going to be a c...
EU refugee influx – the eye witness 22 October 2015 HARARE - Since I once stayed and lived in Germany and Austria – two of the EU countries – I happened to make friends there and this week I interviewed several of them online so that they could share with us their experiences over the influx of refugees in their home countries. In recent months...
EIB to open new credit lines 21 October 2015 HARARE - The European Investment Bank (EIB) will next year open new lines of credit to Zimbabwe’s banking and private sector, a top European Union (EU) envoy has said. EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe Philippe Van Damme yesterday said a technical team from the European Union financial services was cu...
EU backs Zim debt strategy 29 September 2015 HARARE - The European Union (EU) says it supports Zimbabwe's debt repayment strategy and will facilitate for “progressive” discussions with creditors at the upcoming multilateral lenders meetings in Lima, Peru. The EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme, yesterday told delegates at the ...
EU maintains stance on budgetary support 21 May 2015 HARARE - The European Union (EU) says Zimbabwe is yet to qualify for budgetary support, but the economic trading bloc will continue to channel aid through multinational organisations, EU Ambassador Philippe Van Damme said. In an interview with businessdaily yesterday, Van Damme said there were...
EU sets re-engagement agenda with Zim 8 May 2015 HARARE - Phillipe Van Damme, the European Union ambassador to Zimbabwe, has said Zimbabwe should fix its economic framework, political field, as well as the rule of law for the re-engagement process to proceed smoothly. Relations between Zimbabwe and the European Union have been frosty going b...
EU renews sanctions on Zim, Mugabe 21 February 2015 HARARE - The European Union renewed for another year its sanctions against Zimbabwe, including a travel ban and asset freeze on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, according to a notice on Friday in the EU’s Official Journal. “The restrictive measures should be renewed until Feb 20, 2016,” t...
Chinamasa offside on EU 19 February 2015 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa drew the ire of various stakeholders on Monday when he lambasted the European Union (EU) for maintaining travel bans on President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, while he also smilingly-received a $270 million donation from the trading bloc. If Chi...
Chinamasa tears into EU 17 February 2015 HARARE - Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, yesterday criticised the European Union (EU) for the travel ban on President Robert Mugabe and wife, Grace, as the trading bloc signed off a $270 million aid deal with Harare. Chinamasa said relations between the two were going to remain frosty unt...
Zim, EU sign $270m deal 17 February 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe and the European Union (EU) yesterday signed a $270 million financing deal for the National Indicative Programme (Nip), targeted at supporting socio-economic projects in the country over the next six years. Philippe Van Damme, EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, said half of the amoun...
EU lifts travel ban on Mugabe for 1 year 4 February 2015 BRUSSELS - The European Union is easing its travel ban on Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, while he serves as chairman of the African Union for the next year. EU spokesperson Catherine Ray said Tuesday that the "ban will be lifted when he is traveling under his African Union chairmanship c...