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Friday, 19 October 2018
EU-ACP/LDC informal meeting on sugar

In the afternoon, the Council held an informal meeting with ministers from the ACP and LDC sugar producing states to discuss the proposed Action Plan to assist them to adjust to the new situation after the planned reform of the EU’s sugar regime. Commissioner Fischer Boel stressed that the reform was now urgent and that she hoped for a political agreement before the WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong in December. She said the EU was fully aware that this would have knock-on effects for the ACP countries. Commissioner Michel stressed that the EU would help the countries to adapt on the basis of the actual needs of the countries concerned (see IP/05/85). Commissioner Mandelson underlined that preferential access to the EU market for ACP producers would be an important part of the Economic Partnership Agreements currently being negotiated with the ACP states.

Thursday, 27 January 2005
European Commission call for proposals "Actions in support of civil society
in the member states which acceded to the EU on 1 May 2004" (internal budget
line 22 03 04).

The aim of this action is to reinforce civil society in the 10 new EU member
states. Activities in following areas may be funded: the rule of law,
democracy, fundamental rights, the non-partisan nature of information, or
the fight against corruption in the context of EC policies and of
implementation by the 10 member states of community law.

NGOs in member states, other than the 10, may participate in initiatives
which aim at building or improving the capacity of NGOs in one or several of
the 10 member states, in the above-mentioned areas. In this case, the
project lead organisation must be based in one of the 10 new member states.

Deadline: 15 February 2005
Wednesday, 26 January 2005
2005 Presidency and Solidarity,
NGOs mobilise for Europe

The National Platform and the NGOs involved will be organising a wide range of activities aimed at mobilising the general public and European decision makers for a Europe based on the principles of solidarity and openness to the world.

The campaign consists of three broad areas of activity, some of which are planned to continue after 1 July 2005 :

Strengthening the links between actors in the field of development cooperation in Luxembourg and in the new member states under the slogan "The small EU states, major actors in development cooperation" ;

Policy coherence, with a particular emphasis on European agricultural policies and their contribution to the fall in the prices of basic products and the standard of living of 1.3 billion peasants the world over ;

The UN Millennium Development Goals and the EU's commitment to the fight against poverty. Particular attention will be paid to the run up to the United Nations Conference in September 2005.

The NGOs will also address other issues with a bearing on the EU's relations with countries of the South as they arise. For more details on the activities and issues, please visit the campaign website here.

Meeting with ministers of ACP sugar exporting countries, the Commission presented its “action plan”, aimed at mitigating potential impacts of the EU sugar reform and at accompanying the adjustment process in ACP countries signatories of the Sugar Protocol. Several ACP economies are significantly dependent on sugar exports to the EU and may experience, following the EU sugar reform, a certain disruption of their sugar sector, with consequences on their socio-economic development. The Commission proposes a partnership to support them in meeting this challenge, by means of a set of trade and development measures.

Tuesday, 25 January 2005

The European Commission has adopted a series of humanitarian packages for the victims of protracted crises in Africa. These include Coastal West Africa (€31.3 million), Uganda (€20.62 million), Burundi (€20.99 million), and Tanzania (€13.5 million). Projects will be implemented by humanitarian agencies operating in the target regions. The funds are managed by the European Commission’s humanitarian department (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel.