"Development financing must be centred on the mobilisation of national resources so as to promote endogenous development," said Patrice Tirolien (S&D, FR), Vice-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), at the opening ceremony of its 26th session on 25 November in Addis Ababa. He stressed that this must respect the fiscal arrangements of the countries concerned.
South Africa last week cancelled its bilateral investment treaty with Germany, one of its most important trading partners, amid protests by German businesses here. The move comes as part of South Africa’s stated intention to reshape its investment policy framework, ending bilateral treaties with individual countries. The German treaty is the fourth one with a member of the European Union (EU) to be cancelled, but it is by far the biggest and most significant.
Delegations from the European Union (EU) and the Seychelles have today successfully initialled a Fishery Access Agreement at a meeting in Victoria, Seychelles, which will allow Seychelles flagged vessels to continue fishing operations in the waters of Mayotte. These waters will become EU waters when Mayotte becomes an outermost region of the EU on 1 January 2014.
The Agreement will allow eight tuna purse seine vessels to operate in the waters of Mayotte under the jurisdiction of the EU for the next six years with the payment of licence and catch fees coming directly from the ship-owners.
Ahead of the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to be held in Cape Town on 18-25th November 2013, the European Commission has reemphasised the importance of ICCAT continuing to manage fish stocks in a way that allows for sustainable yield for fishermen and ensures a stable flow of products to the markets.
- 18-21 November: European Parliament Plenary Session
Council of the EU:
- 18-19 November: Meeting of EU Foreign and General Affairs Council
- 18-19 November: Agriculture and Fisheries EU Council
- 18 November: Meeting of the ACP W/G on Private Sector
- 19 November: S/C on Establishment and Finance
- 20-27 November: 34th Session of the ACP PA and 26th Session of the Joint ACP-EU PA