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Saturday, 23 February 2019
The European Commission will today consider measures to aid a European fishing industry hit by declining fish stocks and EU catch restrictions. This week’s ‘college’ of 25 commissioners have a slimmed down agenda as senior EU executives are in the US for the world UN summit. European Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg will outline the economic difficulties facing the fishing industry and propose action that could be taken by EU member states to help the industry. In light of continued decline to fish stocks, Borg will table long-term measures to bring relief to embattled fishing communities in some of Europe’s most deprived regions. On the economic aspect, Borg has previously stated that “if EU fisheries are to have a future, we must do what is necessary to address the problems of the competitiveness and the profitability of the sector in a globalised market”.

The European Commission will table the package of measures to next week’s meeting of EU fisheries ministers. Also on the agenda for commissioners are proposals amending the approval of EU regional funding – under Objective One – for the Free State of Saxony in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Wednesday, 14 September 2005
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.