A landmark agreement between the Council of Ministers and European Parliament on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was reached on 30th May, the European Commission informs.
West African and European ministers reiterated their commitment to completing negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between ECOWAS and the EU, on the occasion of the last EU-ECOWAS political dialogue meeting, which was held on 16 May in Brussels. They pledged to redouble efforts to resolve their differences and reach an EPA that supports development and economic integration in West Africa.
Former president of Tanzania - Benjamin Mkapa - surprised attendees to a roundtable discussion on Development on 28 May when he praised falling aid from the developed world to Africa.
"I personally think that […] aid decline is health because it will compel African nations to look for own ways of running their economies," said Mr Mkapa whose ten-year reign between 1995 and 2005 attracted considerable foreign investments and development assistance.
Citing concerns over development and integration in Central Africa, the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) – a small political group in the European Parliament (EP) voted on 28 May against the ratification of an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Cameroon, due to take place during the next EP June plenary (10-13 June) in Strasbourg.
The ACP sugar supplying states have reiterated their concerns about the upcoming EU Common Agricultural Policy reform, which, according to the current (not final) version, stipulates that the sugar quotas are to be abolished in 2017, three years before the 2020 date, as voted by the European Parliament.