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Monday, 23 October 2017
The European Commission has today set out the details of its proposal for a new programme to fund research and development from 2007 to 2013. The Specific Programmes proposed by the Commission put into effect the broad outline proposed by the Commission in April 2005, known as the Seventh Framework Programme, composed of 4 main elements: Co-operation, Ideas, People and Capacities. These will be discussed with the European Parliament, before being decided by the Council.
The four major Specific Programmes proposed today are:
- Co-operation: The Cooperation programme is designed to gain leadership in key scientific and technological areas by supporting cooperation between universities, industry, research centres and public authorities across the European Union as well as the rest of the world.
- Ideas: The Ideas programme will establish a European Research Council, a pan-European mechanism to support the truly creative scientists, engineers and scholars.
- People: The People programme looks to strengthen the human resources available to science and research across Europe, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
- Capacities: The Capacities specific programme will enhance research and innovation capacity throughout Europe. This includes elements such as new research infrastructure, support for small and medium-sized companies, developing ‘regions of knowledge’...
Wednesday, 21 September 2005
The Council adopted by qualified majority a decision approving the conclusion of an agreement concerning the provisional application of the protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the agreement between the EU and the Comoros on fishing off the Comoros for the years 2005 to 2010.
The French, Spanish and Portuguese delegations abstained. The new protocol was initialled in November 2004 in order to ensure uninterrupted fishing
activities by Community vessels in the Comorian fishing zone. It will be applicable retroactively from 1 January 2005.
The fishing opportunities set out in the protocol are allocated for tuna seiners (40 vessels from
Spain, France and Italy) and surface longliners (17 vessels from Spain and Portugal).
The EU will pay a financial contribution of EUR 2 340 000 for the whole six years period. The agreement will cover an annual catch of 6000 tonnes of tuna in Comorian waters.
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How can the EU and its Member States do more to combat poverty and social exclusion? The Women's Rights Committee gave its view on how to deal with this problem as it affects women in particular, when it adopted an own-initiative report by Anna Záborská (EPP-ED, SK) on Thursday.
MEPs emphasise that "poverty has various manifestations" and that "new forms of poverty and marginalisation exist". Poverty is not only about lack of income, it can also be related to ill-health, limited or non-existent access to education, unsafe environments and social discrimination and exclusion. A job is not in itself enough protection against extreme poverty. MEPs call on Member States to take targeted action to ensure that disadvantaged women have access to housing, public health and education. They also draw attention to serious consequences of poverty, stressing that extreme poverty situations are "conducive to trafficking in women, to prostitution and to violence".
The committee argues that "extreme poverty is more prevalent among women", saying that in seventeen of the Member States the risk of extreme poverty amongst women greatly exceeds the risk of extreme poverty amongst men. The majority of single-parent families, who run a greater risk of falling into poverty, are headed by a woman. A study of six EU Member States showed that female-headed households earn between 9% and 26% less than their male counterparts, the biggest disparity being in the UK (26%), followed by Sweden (14%), France (12%), the Netherlands (11%), Germany (10%) and Italy (9%). Moreover, the wage gap between men and women in Europe is still on average between 16% and 33%. More working women (30%) than men (6.6%) have a part-time job - a choice often forced upon women by a lack of affordable childcare facilities. In view of all this, MEPs call on the Member States to take practical steps to address pay differentials and promote working conditions that will enable both women and men to participate fully in the labour market.

The report is on the agenda for the plenary session of 12-13 October and thus gives the full Parliament a timely opportunity to discuss ways of tackling poverty a few days before World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty (17 October).
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Tuesday, 20 September 2005
The Commission has published in July a Communication proposing a “Brussels consensus” on development cooperation as well as guidelines for implementation of development policy by the Community to be discussed and agreed jointly by the three institutions by the end of the year. This will serve as a basis to discuss the challenges ahead for European development Co-operation in the context of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) stock-taking event. Coherence and quality of aid in practice are at the top of the agenda for an improved effectiveness. The state of the discussions between the three institutions will also be debated as well as the willingness of Member States to commit into a Declaration on
EU development policy. The European Commissioner for Development, Louis Michel, will be one of the speakers.
The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) is an independent and non-profit making international non-governmental organisation which turns 30 this year.
Monday, 19 September 2005
The Director of CTA, Dr Hansjörg Neun, made a presentation to the ACP Group of COREPER at the EU Council of Ministers in Brussels on 6th September 2005.

Dr Hansjörg Neun talked about the main achievements of CTA and the need, on the basis of the evaluations carried out, to make some strategic choices. He reminded the audience that approximately 8,000 ACP organisations (including farmers’ associations, NGOs, government ministries and other public sector institutions) have benefited directly from CTA’s products and services each year, while about 80 local, national and regional organisations from the 6 ACP regions receive more targeted support.
For the first time in its twenty-year history, CTA will strive to formulate a 5-year plan that seeks to expand the Centre’s impact further building on its strengths that can be summarised as follows: (i)strong networking with a large number of ACP organisations and stakeholders, as well as established relations with several EU and international organisations; (ii)a rich variety of successful products and services iii)a sound knowledge base and over twenty years of expertise in its area of competence.

The COREPER Group congratulated the new Director for his excellent and very informative presentation which enhances the knowledge about CTA,as well as the concrete examples on how CTA operates with actors in the field.
The group encouraged the director on issues such as the comparative advantage of CTA compared with other international organizations, the need to further develop CTA's direct contact with the final users and farmers (services such as the Question and Answer Service) and the need to share information with other organizations.

See attached the presentation.