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EDITO
Sunday, 01 May 2016

The EU has a long history of supporting Senegal, particularly in the areas of security, trade, fisheries and development, in line with the country's own development priorities. Senegal is located at the extreme west of sub-Saharan Africa. Senegal is a least developed country (LDC), with an incidence of poverty as high as 48%. Senegal is the fourth economy in the West African sub-region. The majority of Senegal´s population (55%) live in rural areas, with 60% of the working population relying on agriculture, livestock and fisheries, which only generates 13% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The EU has been at the forefront of efforts to define and implement the concept of policy coherence for development (PCD) in recent years. A range of instruments has been established to promote the inclusion of development issues in all EU policies.The workshop offered a platform for a lively debate among practitioners and researchers about the achievements of the EU in practice, the potential of recent reforms such as the better regulation package, and the lessons learnt from PCD effortssteered by the OECD at international level.

Commission’s decisions are based on the EU's 'IUU Regulation', which entered into force in 2010. This key instrument in the fight against illegal fishing ensures that only fisheries products that have been certified as legal can access the EU market. Since November 2012 the Commission has been in formal dialogue with several third countries (pre-identification or "yellow card"), which have been warned of the need to take strong action to fight IUU fishing. In case of significant progress, the Commission can end the dialogue (lifting the pre-identification status or "green card").

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Ghana cannot sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) alone unless it goes together with the rest of ECOWAS member states, a trade expert told the Graphic Business on condition of anonymity. This is because ECOWAS has a standing agreement with the European Commission (EC) which mandates member states to sign the EPAs as a bloc, rather than doing so as individual countries. “Because of that binding agreement between ECOWAS and the European Commission, even if Ghana is willing to sign, it cannot do so because that agreement does not allow that.

Trinidad and Tobago is at risk of being sanctioned by the European Union (EU) for being uncooperative in the fight against illegal fishing, and has been given six months to address the problems. Failure to do so could see fisheries products from the country banned from entering the EU. The twin-island republic was among three countries warned yesterday by the European Commission – the others being Kiribati and Sierra Leone – and given “yellow cards”, which indicate they will be listed as uncooperative in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing if certain steps are not taken.