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Saturday, 22 July 2017
This year has witnessed a revival of development policy at global level. In this paper "Revamping Development Efforts: An assessment of development policy in the EU", produced by EPC, renowned experts and practioners address the key issues ahead of the review of the Millennium Goals that will take place in New York later this month, as part of a collective effort to raise awareness and maintain pressure on the EU not only to keep up its efforts, but also to lead the way with a more proactive and coherent approach towards achieving results.

The European Policy Centre (EPC) is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank, committed to making European integration work. The EPC works at the ‘cutting edge’ of European and global policy-making providing its members and the wider public with rapid, high-quality information and analysis on the EU and global policy agenda. It aims to promote a balanced dialogue between the different constituencies of its membership, spanning all aspects of economic and social life.
The European Commission presented today a revised proposal of 187 € / tonne for most favoured nation (MFN) suppliers of bananas. The new tariff is intended to replace as of 1 January 2006 the present regime based on tariff quotas for MFN – mostly Latin American – supplying countries. The Commission’s proposal also maintains an equivalent level of preference for ACP bananas through a tariff quota for 775,000 tonnes at zero duty. The proposed MFN tariff is designed to maintain total market access for MFN suppliers, in line with the results of the WTO arbitration, which had been established after a request of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela. The Commission will now engage in consultations with its Latin American partners according to the procedure set out in the Annex to the WTO waiver on the EU-ACP Partnership Agreement (Cotonou waiver) for the introduction of the tariff only regime as from 1 January 2006.

Caribbean banana exporting countries have expressed deep disappointment at the announcement by the European Commission of a revised banana tariff proposal. See attached press release from the Caribbean Regional Negociating Machinery (CRNM).
The European Parliament is launching a completely new website designed to provide quicker and easier public access to information on the political decisions taken by the elected representatives of Europe's citizens.
Five areas, three categories

The new website (continuously updated news on Parliament in a colourful, easy-to-read format in 20 languages)consists of five different information sections and is tailored to the needs of three different user categories. The five sections are: News, Parliament, Your MEPs, Activities and EP Live. The three user categories are the wider public, European affairs experts and researchers. The format has been designed to make the most topical issues immediately visible and understandable to any visitor, but anyone who wishes to delve more deeply into a subject, is of course more than welcome - and even encouraged - to go to other parts of the site as well.
Monday, 12 September 2005
Meetings of the JPA Bureau and Standing Committees will take place in Brussels (Belgium) from 13 to 15 September 2005. They will be preceded by the meetings of ACP members of the Bureau and the Standing Committees on 12 and 13 September 2005.
See attached the report of the JPA held in Bamako (Mali) in April 2005.

Further information on the JPA is available in previous news on the Blog at (http://brussels.cta.int) by using the search function. The Blog contains also an updated calendar on the main ACP-EU meetings.
On the occasion of the UN Summit on the achievement of millennium development goals that is to take place between 14th and 16th September in New York, the Foundation has published an exhaustive study by Corinne Balleix on the European Development Co-operation Policy.
The European Union is the main partner of developing countries in terms of official aid. Along with its Member States it provides 55% of all official international aid for development. A certain number of major challenges have been launched recently in co-ordination with EU Member States: greater coherence with other Union policies; the need to review the issue of funding.
In order to rise to these challenges the Union has embarked on path to define a strategy that aims to extract the best in terms of Europe’s added value in this area, to improve the quality and impact of its activities and to react to new global challenges whilst maintaining Europe’s particular mark on the world.
This is what is at stake in the new Declaration for Development Co-operation that is to be adopted this year; it is an issue that takes on its full meaning with the participation of the EU in the next UN Summit dedicated to Millennium Development Goals.

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