27-30 June: Steering Committee
28 June: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
28 June: Subcommittee on Political, Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Affairs
30 June: Committee of Ambassadors
27-30 June: European Parliament Committee Meetings
27 June: InfoPoint Lunchtime conference: How to scale-up evergreen agriculture to increase food security, restore ecosystems and build resilience to climate change
28 June: InfoPoint Conférence de midi: Agriculture & Déforestation en RD Congo
The Brussels Development Briefing n.45 on the subject of “Affordable smart farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for African agriculture” will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 13th July 2016 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center, Room 1.A (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels). This Briefing is being organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD, CEMA, Agricord and the PanAfrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO).
The Brussels Development Briefing on “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade” took place on 22 June 2016 from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing was co-organised by CTA, the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. The event was a huge success with great debate and insight into fairtrade, smallholder farners and sustainable value-chains across the ACP. We would like to thank the 120 people who came to the event and everyone who followed us online. Pictures and presentations can be found on the BB 44 webpage here: https://brusselsbriefings.net/2016/06/07/next-brussels-briefing-promoting-responsible-and-sustainable-sourcing-through-fair-trade/
We look forward to seeing you at the next Briefing!
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The European Union has already started work on what would soon replace the Cotonou Agreement. The Cotonou Agreement, which was signed in 2000, comes to an end in 2020. It is one of the most comprehensive partnership agreements between EU and the African, Caribbean and the Pacific countries. Commissioner Neven Mimica said keeping in line with the new direction in development that EU intends to take, it was important that any successive agreement provided foundation for stronger trade and development.