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Friday, 25 May 2018
Related to the Financial Perspectives 2007–2013, the European Commission on 25 January 2006 adopted seven thematic programmes. These are complementary to the geographical programmes also proposed by the European Commission. Amongst the 6 programmes find enlclosed the ones relevant to the agricultural and rural development sectors.
(i)Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy
(ii)Food Security. Advancing the Food Security Agenda to Achieve the MDGs
(iii)Non-state Actors and Local Authorities in Development
Tuesday, 07 February 2006
Experts propose measures to increase the role of philanthropy in research
Philanthropy – as provided by foundations, trusts and charities, for example – can play an important role in raising funds for research, but the potential has not been examined or used properly at European level. So says an expert group set up by the European Commission, which has released its report “Giving More for Research in Europe”. The experts found that too little attention is given to the role of foundations and other philanthropic bodies in research, and makes recommendations as to how this could be increased, including through a better tax and regulatory environment, targeted donation campaigns and better mechanisms for attracting such funds to research. This report follows on from the Action Plan for More Research and Innovation adopted by the Commission in October 2005, which proposed national and European action to mobilise sources of funding for European research and innovation. The report will be discussed at a conference on 27-28 March.
See attached text to answer all your questions about Genetically modified organisms (GMO's).
What are GMOs?
Overview of EU legislation on GMOs
What are the principles introduced by Directive 2001/18/EC?
How does the environmental risk assessment procedure work?
What are the rules on traceability of GMOs?
What are the rules on labelling of GMO products?
What scientific support does the EU provide relating to the use of GMOs?
What are the rules on co-existence between transgenic crops and traditional or organic crops?
The international environment
Monday, 06 February 2006
This Practical Guide is the first sole working tool, which explains the contracting procedures applying to all EC external aid contracts financed from the European Communities general budget (Budget) and the European Development Fund (EDF).
In A little over two weeks time the European Commission will recommend the amount that it will make available to support the restructuring of the ACP sugar sector in all 18 sugar protocol nations. Last November the European Commission's Trade and Agriculture Commissioners promised the ACP the sum of ¤190 million (J$15 billion) per annum over a 10 year period. Now that the World Trade Organisation's trade ministerial meeting is over and the political pressure is off, reports from Brussels suggest that this figure has fallen to around ¤116m (J$9.14 billion) per annum initially rising over 10 years to no more than ¤149m (J$11.75 billion) per annum. This has come about as a result of an intense internal debate within Europe about the need to cut its external budgets by 20.4 per cent.
Despite the hugely damaging impact on Caribbean sugar-producing economies that inadequate compensation will have, the Caribbean is silent on the issue. Since last November's decision to cut sugar prices, the fate of many hundreds of thousands of workers in Jamaica, Guyana and elsewhere has been the subject of continuous discussion by Brussels bureaucrats and their often-opinionated representatives in the Caribbean. But in the region the matter has been addressed as if it were an administrative exercise rather than the final political battle over sugar. There has been no lobbying, no ministerial mission, no letter. The diaspora is silent. It is as if the Caribbean sugar-producing states have chosen to sleepwalk to disaster.
Jamaica's sugar strategy indicates that it needs ¤44.1 million (J$3.48 billion) in the first year of transition, and ¤555.7 million (J$43.81 billion) in all over a 10-year period. It argues that such support must be front-loaded if it and other ACP sugar producers are to be able to survive the effect of a 36 per cent price cut over three years starting in 2007. Yet Europe's member-states and members of the European Parliament are not being asked difficult questions about where this money is coming from and when. European Commissioners are not being held to account for their spin. They are not being told about the inequity and immorality of a system that helps wealthy farmers in Europe but through less than adequate compensation will destroy livelihoods, social stability and security in poorer nations once regarded as friends.
Last year Caribbean ministers fought a battle over price that they could not win. This year when Brussels is discussing issues that affect directly and indirectly almost every household in Jamaica and the region, Caribbean governments have not even made known their concerns to those who will determine the outcome.