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EU restricts visa provisions for Ethiopian nationals

EU restricts visa provisions for Ethiopian nationals

THE European Union has decided to restrict its visa provisions for Ethiopian nationals due to a lack of cooperation from Ethiopia's government over repatriating those who stay illegally, the EU Council said. The move comes as European governments try to tackle the problem of refugees leaving war-torn countries in Africa and aiming to enter Europe via perilous crossings over the Mediterranean Sea, often organised by criminal gangs. "This decision follows an assessment by the Commission, which concludes that cooperation by Ethiopia in the field of readmission of its nationals illegally staying in the EU is insufficient," said the EU Council.…
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Kenya, EU advance economic partnership agreement to boost trade

Kenya, EU advance economic partnership agreement to boost trade

KENYA and the European Union moved closer to sealing an Economic Partnership Agreement that will grant the East African nation's exports duty-free status and unlimited access to the bloc, officials said on Monday. Both sides had initiated a draft deal in June after seven months of negotiations. The EU is one of Kenya's biggest export markets. The deal was approved by the European Union Council last week. It will now be presented to the parliaments of both sides for ratification before it comes into force. "Today's agreement heralds a new dawn where Kenyan goods gain immediate duty- and quota-free access…
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