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EDITO
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
The presentation today of the European Commission communication on the EU’s future Development Policy is timely given that Europe is trying to reconnect with its people. With nine out of ten Europeans believing that helping people in poor countries is important they hope that the EU will provide leadership in building a better, more inclusive world which honours shared values and recognises shared responsibilities. “Ordinary European people do demonstrate their solidarity with victims of disaster and injustice, as shown in the spontaneous and overwhelming response to the Indian Ocean tsunami,” said Simon Stocker, Director of Eurostep. “These expressions of solidarity underline the need for the EU to work for a fairer world in which injustices and inequalities are abolished, women empowered, human rights respected and the environment protected”.
In particular, the General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting held in Brussels on 18 July 2005.
"The Council discussed preparations for the United Nations Summit to be held from 14 to 16 September 2005. The Council welcomed the Commission Communication – “The 2005 UN Summit: Addressing the global challenges and making a success of a reformed UN” - as an important contribution in shaping the European Union's aspirations for the Summit. The Council recalled the European Union's recent decision on increasing aid volumes and effectiveness, enhancing policy coherence for development, and focusing on Africa, and welcomed the commitments made at the G8 meeting in Gleneagles.
The Council emphasises the importance of:
- more and better aid, including debt relief and innovative sources of funding for development, to meet the ODA objectives and the Millennium Development Goals and other existing commitments from major international conferences and recalls the EU's recent commitments to increase levels of ODA;
- good governance, the social dimension of globalisation, and the special needs of Africa;
- international trade as an engine for development, the call for rapid completion of the Doha Development Round, and the call for market access for LDCs;
- its conclusions of 24 May, which inter alia highlight the importance of an intensified multisectoral response to HIV/AIDS as laid down in the European Programme for Action to confront HIV/AIDS. The EU further recognises that the MDGs cannot be attained without progress in achieving the Cairo goal of universal sexual and reproductive health and rights;
- the need to make progress on environmental sustainability issues such as climate change and biodiversity, and a more coherent institutional framework of international environmental governance built on existing institutions including through launching a process leading to the
creation of United Nations Environment Organisation.
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“Intelligent energy production and consumption will change the European energy landscape forever”. This is the core message of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign that the European Commission launched today, and which will last until 2008. This action is set to contribute to meeting EU energy policy aims: an increase in the share of renewable energy up to 12% by 2010, together with substantial savings in energy consumption that have been estimated in the recently adopted Green Paper on Energy Efficiency at 20% by 2020. Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on launching the campaign said: “This campaign will promote better living standards, stimulate economic growth, create jobs and enhance the competitive position of European industry on world markets.”

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As European leaders debate the fate of the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), thousands of scientists have weighed in behind a petition calling on the EU to ensure ‘a very significant increase’ in EU funding in line with the Commission’s proposal.
Monday, 18 July 2005
ACP states call on European Parliament and Member States to support fair and
equitable reform of EU Sugar Regime respecting legal commitments
Brussels 13 July: African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar supplying states today called on the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to oppose current proposals to reform the EU Sugar Regime that would result in huge losses for ACP economies. The Agriculture Minister of Mauritius, Arvin Boolell, and Ambassador Derrick Heaven, Executive Chairman of the Jamaican Sugar Industry Authority addressed MEPs during a European Parliament hearing on European Commission proposals to slash sugar prices by 39% over a period of only four years starting in 2006. ACP countries favour less drastic price cuts spread out over a period of eight years starting in 2008 in order to allow their sugar industries to survive. Describing the Commission proposals as “unjust and unacceptable for ACP states” Minister Boolell called for “a reform which is politically, economically and socially sustainable and is consistent with the EU’s own decisions to ensure coherence in its policies on trade,agriculture and development cooperation”. “Let us be conscious of the human tragedy the reform proposals will cause in our countries. This is not in the interest of anybody especially at a time when all efforts in the international community are being concentrated on the acceleration of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.” While generous compensation packages are being proposed for EU sugar beet farmers and processors, the ACP have thus far only been promised a paltry 40 million € to cushion what in many cases would be a fatal blow to their industries. Minister Boolell - whose own country would stand to lose over 100 million € a year under the terms of the proposals- called for “parity of treatment” between EU sugar beet farmers and ACP cane sugar suppliers, as is the legitimate expectation of ACP countries under the terms of the ACP-EU Sugar Protocol and the Cotonou Agreement. Commenting on the vagueness of the Commission’s proposal for accompanying measures for the ACP, Ambassador Heaven said: “ The measures recognise the need for support on a country specific basis but say little about the criteria that will be used to determine how the still undefined sum proposed will be divided among eligible nations. It also appears to suggest that it is Europe who will decide the policy in each ACP country for their sugar industry” . Looking ahead to the first discussion of the proposal at Council of Ministers level on July 19, Minister Boolell urged the UK Presidency and the Member States “not to undo the recent giant step forward in the fight against global poverty by sanctioning a reform that in many countries would mean two further steps backwards and would threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people.”
Contact:
Nidhendra Singh
Tel: +32 (0) 475 369265
Giles Keane
Tel: +32 (0) 473 894328
www.acpsugar.org