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Monday, 22 January 2018
NGO's have some concerns on how the EU will tackle poverty issues. They have contacted their Ministers to highlight issues such as focus aid spending on tackling poverty in the EU financial perspectives; HIV/AIDS; lacl of development perspective in trade issues.
Monday, 21 February 2005
New website of the European Commission where you find booklets that explain what the European Union is and what it does, maps, posters and postcards the EU for young people in the 20 official languages of the European Union!

At the occasion of CTA observatory in September 2004 on "ICTs for rural youth livelihoods in ACP countries", a visit to policy-makers in Brussels underlined the need for more understanding and information on the EU-ACP relations. This new portal will certainly be useful for them.
Friday, 18 February 2005
The long-term downward trend in agricultural commodity prices threatens the food security of hundreds of millions of people in some of the world’s poorest developing countries where the sale of commodities is often the only source of cash, says a new report released today by FAO.SOCO 2004 lays out an agenda for action to combat the growing problems caused by oversupply and market distortions. It urges World Trade Organization negotiations to give priority to reducing agricultural tariffs, producer support and export subsidies in developed countries. It calls for the elimination of tariff escalation that penalizes exports of processed goods from developing countries. At the same time, it urges developing countries to reduce their tariffs in order to encourage trade among themselves and to allow their consumers to benefit from lower world prices. It also highlights the need for developing countries to improve their capacity to take advantage of opportunities opened by trade liberalization. The report calls for measures that would help LDCs improve their capacity to take advantage of trading opportunities and to participate more effectively in trade negotiations. It suggests compensating low-income economies for any loss of trade preferences that result from the on-going WTO trade negotiations. Increased investment to improve productivity of domestic food production in developing countries is also recommended by the FAO report, along with mobilizing resources to support generic promotion campaigns and diversification into non-traditional agricultural exports and the export of value added processed goods. Programmes to help farmers insure against shocks that could damage their crops or undermine prices are among the report’s recommendations. Weather insurance, forward-pricing systems and market-based price insurance are some of the schemes that have been proposed to deal with the inherent volatility of agricultural markets.

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The European Commission today adopted a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the operation of the common market organisation (CMO) in bananas. The factual report provides an overview of the functioning of the banana regime as of 1999. It gives basic information, figures and graphs on the structure and implementation of the CMO in bananas (producers' organisations, compensatory aid, structural measures and trade with third countries), on the special framework of assistance for traditional ACP banana suppliers and on the market trends in the EU. An in-depth evaluation on the implementation of the CMO as of 1993 is currently under way and is to be competed in the second quarter of 2005. Simultaneously, the Commission has engaged in negotiations under Article XXVIII of the GATT in order to introduce a "tariff only" regime for banana imports as of 1 January 2006. On the basis of the results of the evaluation, the Commission will deepen the debate with its institutional, economic and social partners on possible improvements of the CMO. The full text of the report is attached.

See Agritrade portal of CTA, and the Bananas sector

Today is the occasion of the Third Earth Observation Summit, hosted by the European Commission in Brussels. Representatives of around 60 nations and over 40 international organisations will endorse a 10-year plan with concrete steps towards comprehensive co-operation in Earth observation. Over the next decade, this system will increase our understanding of the Earth and how it works. With benefits as broad as the planet itself, this initiative promises to make peoples and economies around the globe healthier, safer and better equipped to manage their basic daily needs. The aim is to create an observation system as interrelated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects, providing the science on which sound policy and decision-making can be built.