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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 207]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 207]
Send date: 2010-01-15 16:52:58
Issue #: 23
Content:
Bulletin CTA
 
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

Main events in the week
  1. CTA Weblog/Newsletter survey
  2. Main ACP-EU events for next week (18-24 January)
  3. Our video guest: Mr. Ndiogou Fall, President of ROPPA
  4. Haiti: Commission provides a €3 million initial aid package
  5. Hearing of the Commisioner-designate for Humanitarian Aid
  6. Hearing of the Commisioner-designate for Environment
  7. Jamaica gets from Spain $35 million to construct greenhouses
  8. Defra's joined-up thinking recognises the fragility of UK food production
  9. Reform of Common Fisheries Policy control framework
  10. The end of an era? Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2010
  11. Why aid isn’t working and how it should be changed?
  12. Barbados and the EU review EDF portfolio
  13. Hearing of the Commissioner-designate for Development
  14. Moderation and ethics in 2010 consumers' choices
  15. Round-up: Ashton, Lewandowski, Piebalgs&Rehn hearings
  16. New EU Commission, which future for organic farming?
  17. Guinea: End of the provisional application of the fisheries agreement
  18. Second revision of the Partnership Agreement ACP-EC
  19. Presidency conclusions on COP15
  20. Technical advice on organic production: call for applications
  21. Fischer Boel: Statement on provisional farm income figures for 2009
  22. Swedish EU presidency marked by 'Nordic efficiency'
  23. Parliament pushes for all EU documents to be made public
  24. UK farming unions: Dairy farmers must benefit from EU fund
  25. 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum


  1. CTA Weblog/Newsletter survey
    2010-01-15

    The Brussels Weblog team would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes to reply to the questionnaire below on the quality of the Brussels ACP-EU News Service (http://brussels.cta.int).

    Your feedback is critical to us if we want to ensure that this service is still responding to your needs and expectations both in terms of content and format.

    Click here, it will not take more than 3 minutes:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACP-EU_Brussels_News

    Many thanks in advance for your responses.

    The Weblog Team


    Link Go to the Questionnaire
    Link CTA main site
    Link The Weblog in French


  2. Main ACP-EU events for next week (18-24 January)
    2010-01-15

    European Parliament (Strasbourg):
    - 18-21 January: Plenary session 

    EU Presidency (Brussels):
    - 18 January: Council of Agriculture; Foreign Affairs Council at the level of Development experts;
    - 19 January: Political and Security Committee (PSC); Preparatory meeting for the Dakar Conference 2011
    - 20 January: Political and Security Committee (PSC); COREPER I; Appearance of the President of the Spanish Government before the Plenary Meeting of the European Parliament
    - 21 January: Opening Conference of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    - 19 January: ACP Thematic Group I
    - 20 January: Caribbean & Pacific Research Study Evaluation; ACP Thematic Group III
    - 21 January: Ambassadorial Session – 2nd Revision of the Cotonou Agreement
    - 22 January: S/C on Sustainable development

    For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/

    Link European Parliament
    Link EU Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  3. Our video guest: Mr. Ndiogou Fall, President of ROPPA
    2010-01-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Rural development, Environment, Aid effectiveness

    Mr. Ndiogou Fall is our guest this week. Mr. Ndiogou Fall, is chairman of the executive committee of ROPPA (Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa), the main regional umbrella organisation of farmers for West African region. On the occasion of his participation to the Brussels Development Briefing on food crisis in ACP countries, Mr. Fall explained the current situation of agriculture in the region of West Africa and the challenges it faces: food crisis, climate change, land grabbing, population growth, etc.


    Link Watch the video
    Link CTA Briefing on 'Food Security'
    Link ROPPA


  4. Haiti: Commission provides a €3 million initial aid package
    2010-01-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Food Security

    The European Commission has moved immediately to help the victims of the earthquake which struck Haiti by adopting a fast-track "primary emergency" decision of €3 million for immediate relief activities. Relief experts are on their way to Haiti to strengthen the EU's response capabilities on the ground. In addition, the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated, with its Monitoring and Information Centre coordinating the activities. Relief funds are channelled through the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department under the responsibility of Commissioner Karel De Gucht. The Commission is already one of the largest humanitarian donors in Haiti providing around €28 million since 2008.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Mission of the EC to Haiti
    Link EU Delegation to Haiti


  5. Hearing of the Commisioner-designate for Humanitarian Aid
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Aid effectiveness

    The Bulgarian Commissioner-designate, Rumiana Jeleva, faced a range of questions from MEPs in the Development Committee concerning issues surrounding the new International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response portfolio for which she has been proposed, and also questions regarding possible conflicts of interest in her financial affairs. Ms Jeleva said her priorities as a Commissioner would be the defence of International Humanitarian Law, better access to help for people in need, a clearer distinction between humanitarian and military roles and the security of humanitarian aid workers on the ground. According to the Commissioner-designate, especially during a time of economic crisis, the available resources must be used in the best way possible. "This is why at the cornerstone of my policy will be coordination", she said.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Committee on Development
    Link European Parliament hearings


  6. Hearing of the Commisioner-designate for Environment
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Resource efficiency, biodiversity and an effective implementation and enforcement of existing environmental legislation are the main issues for Janez Potočnik, Commissioner-designate for Environment, he told MEPs during his hearing. He said that a holistic approach is particularly necessary for the environment since many issues overlap with other responsibilities and interests. Members of the committee on the environment, public health and food safety questioned Mr Potočnik on issues such as the EU water policy, the implementation of REACH, nanotechnologies, the soil-directive, simplification of environmental legislation, targets for resource-efficiency and Natura 2000.

    Source: European parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee
    Link European Parliament hearings


  7. Jamaica gets from Spain $35 million to construct greenhouses
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Food Security

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has received $35 million from the Government of Spain, to fund the construction of two greenhouses to promote protected agriculture, and to train extension officers and farmers from across the Caribbean region. The money will go to the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Agriculture, which was launched last March, as part of the restructuring programme towards promoting a more sustainable approach to the sector. The Centre will serve as a co-ordinating agency to address research and training in the agricultural sector. It comprises a large body of stakeholder groups representing international agencies, such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation and Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture, and local institutions that are involved in the promotion and capacity building of agriculture, such as the Scientific Research Council, the University of the West Indies, and Northern Caribbean University.

    Source: Caribbean Press Releases


    Link Read more
    Link Agriculture in Jamaica


  8. Defra's joined-up thinking recognises the fragility of UK food production
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Environment

    The government's 20-year food and farming strategy fully integrates policy for the first time since the second world war. We can't carry on just as we are," the prime minister says of the UK food system in his introduction to the government's new 20-year food and farming strategy published today. The strategy has been co-ordinated by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), but it integrates policy on food across every government department for the first time since the second world war. It acknowledges formally for the first time since then that the UK's food production and distribution affects not just the countryside and environment but our health, social equity, and whether we will even have enough to eat, as natural resources dwindle and climate change disrupts farming. It also recognises the fragility of the current UK food system, which depends heavily on imports, last-minute ordering, and long distribution chains, which are vulnerable to sudden shocks from global price spikes, disruption to fuel supplies, and the impact of climate change on critical infrastructure, such as ports.

    Source: The Guardian


    Link Read more
    Link Agriculture and environment
    Link Agri-Environmental Indicators


  9. Reform of Common Fisheries Policy control framework
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries, Food Security

    The fisheries control regulation in force until now dates back to 1993. It has since been amended a dozen times, in particular in 1998 to include the control of fishing effort, and in 2002 during the last reform of the Common Fisheries Policy(CFP). The resulting system has serious shortcomings that prevent it from being as effective as it should be. As both the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors have highlighted, the current system is inefficient, expensive, complex, and it does not produce the desired results. This in turn impacts negatively on the implementation of other elements of the CFP and undermines the success of conservation and effort management initiatives. Control failures thus contribute to the negative performance of the CFP, which appears unable to deliver on its fundamental objective. Despite several years of implementation of the 2002 CFP reform, which has introduced a number of potentially powerful conservation measures, the state of resources in EU waters remains worrying. Some 88% of stocks are overfished, and this threatens both fish stocks and the livelihoods of fishermen. If we allow this situation to continue, the negative impact on fisheries resources, the fishing industry and regions dependent on fishing is likely to be very serious. That is why the Commission has proposed this substantial reform of the CFP control system, addressing all its shortcomings and modernising its approach.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More on the Common Fisheries Policy
    Link Fisheries Agreements


  10. The end of an era? Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2010
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Regional Fisheries, Aid effectiveness, Food Security

    This Briefing paper previews some of the headline debates expected in 2010 and sketches the backdrop against which these will unfold. The aim is not so much to predict outcomes, but to situate and frame the EU debates on development cooperation so as to enable as wide a group of stakeholders as possible to follow and participate in them. This year’s Challenges paper includes contributions from some of ECDPM’s African partners as well as results from an ECDPM opinion survey on EU-ACP relations. The poll covered issues such as regional priorities for 2010, the role of emerging actors and the future of the ACP Group.

    Source: ECDPM


    Link Read more
    Link More on ECDPM
    Link ACP-EU Relations


  11. Why aid isn’t working and how it should be changed?
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Food Security, Rural development

    Everyone knows that aid is not working as intended, and that something must change. The big question is how to change the status quo. The current international aid debate is characterized by dichotomies and over-simplified generalizations. In order to push the debate forward and identify solutions we must first reframe the aid debate. The most important factors undermining aid’s effectiveness need to retake center stage in the debate. These include: what is economic development and the role of aid in achieving it; the politics of aid relationships in aid dependent countries and have they generate perverse incentives; and the everyday practices and bureaucratic routines of aid agencies and how they diminish the impact of aid. Based on a reassessment of why aid is working, and on assessment that reforms inspired by the Paris Declaration have largely failed, the paper concludes with a different approach to changing the way donor countries think about aid and the way bilateral and multilateral agencies give aid.

    Source: DIIS


    Link Read more
    Link Read more on the DIIS
    Link Dilemmas in aid architecture


  12. Barbados and the EU review EDF portfolio
    2010-01-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Rural development, Food Security, Archive

    The Government of Barbados and officials of the Delegation of the European Commission to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean undertook a Mid-Term Review of the 10th European Development Fund Country Strategy agreed in December 2008. The Review was conducted within the context of the present downturn in the global economy, which has left small open economies such as Barbados even more vulnerable to severe economic challenges. The objectives of the Mid-Term Review were to reflect on developments in the country brought on by internal, regional or international events and therefore present the possibility, if necessary, for a realignment of priorities. Under the 10th EDF, Barbados has been allocated 8.33M euro for Human Resource&Skills Development, to enhance competitive sectors and ensure a better correlation between training and the labour market, whilst encompassing ways of including youth at risk. The financing mechanism envisaged is sector budget support, providing Barbados satisfies the eligibility requirements. If these requirements are not met, project-based support will be utilised. The Mid-term Review also served to enhance policy coherence and joint programming with the EU member states, mainstream aid effectiveness and to review governance issues in light of the commitments undertaken by the Government under the 10th EDF Country Strategy.

    Source: Barbados Advocate


    Link Read more
    Link 10th EDF mid-term review
    Link EC Delegation to Barbados


  13. Hearing of the Commissioner-designate for Development
    2010-01-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Archive, Food Security, Rural development, Environment

    Andris Piebalgs, the Latvian Commissioner-designate for Development, fielded Development Committee questions on the key aim of development policy-fighting poverty-as well as aid effectiveness, the impact of climate change on developing countries and co-ordination among EU policy makers.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read more (2)
    Link Summary of the hearing


  14. Moderation and ethics in 2010 consumers' choices
    2010-01-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Environment

    As the economy gradually recovers from the past year's big slump, changes are expected in consumer behavior: according to a recent survey, in 2010 UK and American shoppers are to pay much more attention to transparency and ethical responsibility in their food and beverage purchases. A survey by market research organization Mintel reveals that, despite a widespread growing confidence and adaptation to overcome the previous restraints, consumers will be adapting to the new economy, moving away from excessive spending toward moderation and higher attention to ethical sourcing and sustainability. According to Mintel, over half of Brits buy more on promotions and 28% have cut back on luxuries. Director of Foresight at Mintel Richard Cope said to Foodnavigator.com: "Balance has become the new mantra. As consumers find they are able to spend again, we’ll see balanced spending and balanced consumption as key characteristics of next year".

    Source: Green Planet


    Link Read more
    Link More on Foodnavigator


  15. Round-up: Ashton, Lewandowski, Piebalgs&Rehn hearings
    2010-01-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Aid effectiveness, Archive

    In a day of Q&A in Brussels, candidates for the EU's top foreign policy, economics, budget and development Commissioner posts were quizzed by MEPs on their priorities. Catherine Ashton promised to give credibility to the EU's dealings with the world whilst Mr Rehn said growth and jobs would be a priority. Budget nominee Janusz Lewandowski said EU budget policy could focus on the environment or climate change. Development nominee Andris Piebalgs pledged that fighting poverty would remain key.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Barroso Commission designate
    Link European Parliament hearings


  16. New EU Commission, which future for organic farming?
    2010-01-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security, Environment

    Romanian Dacian Ciolos is the new EU Commissioner for Agriculture, appointed by José Manuel Barroso at the beginning of December. However, the choice raises some doubts in the organic industry, as the new Commissioner has long campaigned for the reintroduction of transgenic soybeans in the Romanian countryside. Moreover, British observers complain that Ciolos has a too "French-oriented" educational background, besides being married with a French woman. The British press is thus up in arms at his appointment, condemning it as a "stitch-up". His marriage to a Frenchwoman and his studies in Rennes and Montpellier prove instead that he is "a true European", according to Romanian press. Bucharest daily Gândul adds that "his task will be exceedingly difficult" because "he will have to find common ground between the conflicting interests of France and England". In any case, the new CAP leader will be much less brutal, according to his ows his words, than his predecessor Mariann Fischer Boel. Shy at first, Dacian Ciolos argues that Europe must be "more well-advised", that politicians must "go down to the territories".

    Source: Green Planet


    Link Read more
    Link New Commission designate
    Link DG Agriculture


  17. Guinea: End of the provisional application of the fisheries agreement
    2010-01-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries, ACP-EU Trade, Food Security

    The 2988th Council meeting on Environment held in Brussels on 22 December 2009 adopted a decision with a view to put an end to the provisional application of the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) with the Republic of Guinea (16976/09). By means of this decision, the Council notifies the Republic of Guinea the EU's intention to terminate the provisional application of the FPA, in accordance with article 25(2) of the Vienna convention on the law of treaties, following the violent crackdown on political demonstrators in Conakry on 28 September 2009 and the subsequent human rights violations. A fisheries protocol to the EU/Republic of Guinea agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2009, pending the final conclusion of the agreement.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Fisheries Partnership Agreements
    Link Official Agreement


  18. Second revision of the Partnership Agreement ACP-EC
    2010-01-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Archive, Aid effectiveness, Food Security, Environment

    The Committee on Development of the European Development review the Cotonou Agreement which should be an occasion to adjust it in the light of recent and current crises including climate change, soaring food and oil prices, financial crisis and abject poverty in Africa; believes that the need to address the root causes of these crises is not an option, but a necessity. It deplored the fact that the European Parliament, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the national parliaments of the ACP States as well as civil society organisations and non-state actors were - once again - not involved in the decision-making process that led to the identification of areas and articles of the Cotonou Agreement for revision and to the establishment of the negotiating mandates adopted by the Council of the EU and the ACP Council of Ministers. The European Parliament calls on ACP-EU negotiators to review the European Investment Bank policy on offshore financial centres on the basis of more stringent criteria than the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development listing for the definition of prohibited and monitored jurisdictions, and to ensure its implementation and provide annual reports on progress; considers that structural changes in the EIB’s organisational and governance structure is necessary in order to ensure fulfilment of its development obligations in the context of the current review of the Cotonou Agreement and the ongoing mid-term review and renewal of the EIB’s external lending mandate.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Cotonou Agreement
    Link DG Development


  19. Presidency conclusions on COP15
    2010-01-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Aid effectiveness

    In the 2988th Environment Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 December 2009, the EU strives for an agreement that is legally binding for all parties and sufficiently ambitious to limit global warming well below 2° C compared to pre-industrial level by reducing global emissions by 50% by 2050. The Copenhagen Accord is a first step which involves most parties and gives basis to reduction commitments, financing, MRVs and fight against deforestation. The climate change challenge has not diminished and further work should follow a tight time schedule with clear deadlines and the EU should continue to offer ambition and leadership. To this end, it is necessary to review, assess and learn from the meeting in Copenhagen. It is important to build on the progress made in the UNFCCC negotiations during the last years, including the COP 15. The Presidency and the incoming Spanish Presidency look forward to, as a first step, an analysis by the Commission in view of the informal meeting of Environment ministers in Seville in January 2010. In the context of the ongoing process, the EU reiterates its conditional offer to move to a 30% reduction by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, provided that other developed countries commit themselves to comparable emission reductions and that developing countries contribute adequately according to their responsibilities and respective capabilities.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link More on Copenhagen Conference
    Link Copenhagen deal


  20. Technical advice on organic production: call for applications
    2010-01-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development, Food Security

    The European Action plan for organic food and farming foresees the setting-up of a group of experts for technical advice. The expert group will ensure an easy access to highly qualified technical expertise in a wide range of fields related to organic production. With a view to select the relevant experts, a call for applications has been published in the Official Journal C 308, page 22. Applications must be submitted not later than Friday 12 February 2010.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read more (2)
    Link Application documents


  21. Fischer Boel: Statement on provisional farm income figures for 2009
    2010-01-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Environment, Rural development

    "I note with great concern that provisional figures for farm incomes per worker in 2009 show a decline of 12.2 percent across the EU as a whole. Clearly, the economic crisis has had a very serious effect on our farmers, with lower demand and relatively high production costs. This situation highlights more clearly than ever the need for a strong, modern and effective Common Agricultural Policy. Direct payments provide a basic level of income for farmers, cushioning them from price fluctuations. They still have a crucial role to play, representing roughly a third of farm income in the EU. Market measures can act as a real safety net in times of difficulty. The rapid actions taken by the Commission during the recent dairy crisis are a perfect illustration of what the CAP can provide when necessary. Rural Development measures can also help, particularly when they are linked to restructuring or promote services like environmental protection which are not remunerated through the market.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link DG Agriculture
    Link Common Agricultural Policy


  22. Swedish EU presidency marked by 'Nordic efficiency'
    2010-01-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Cool-tempered and efficient, Swedish officials in the past six months managed to steer the EU out of the institutional crisis surrounding the Lisbon Treaty and to mitigate infighting between member states on the bloc's top jobs, climate change and financial supervision. Having kicked off on 1 July, the Swedish chairmanship of the EU came at a time of institutional limbo which hijacked politicians' and media attention from the issues of climate change and the economic crisis, which formed Sweden's original priorities. Cool-tempered and efficient, Swedish officials in the past six months managed to steer the EU out of the institutional crisis surrounding the Lisbon Treaty and to mitigate infighting between member states on the bloc's top jobs, climate change and financial supervision. Having kicked off on 1 July, the Swedish chairmanship of the EU came at a time of institutional limbo which hijacked politicians' and media attention from the issues of climate change and the economic crisis, which formed Sweden's original priorities.

    Source: EU Observer


    Link Read more
    Link Swedish Presidency
    Link Spanish Presidency


  23. Parliament pushes for all EU documents to be made public
    2010-01-11

    EU access to documents laws should be widened to cover all European institutions, bodies and agencies following the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, MEPs said on the 17th December, criticising the European Commission for failing to update the rules. In a resolution adopted at its Strasbourg plenary (16th December), the European Parliament expressed concern that "in spite of the clear requests" it made last spring, "the Commission has not put forward a modified version of its draft law". Commenting after the vote, Finnish MEP Heidi Hautala, Greens/EFA shadow rapporteur on the issue and co-author of the resolution, said "the Parliament has sent a strong message to the Commission that it will not tolerate any backward steps on public access to documents and the transparency of EU decision-making". Back in March, MEPs approved a report drafted by UK Labour MEP Michael Cashman regarding the revision of a 2001 regulation on the right of public access to EU documents.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU transparency initiative
    Link Green Paper on the 'Transparency Initiative'


  24. UK farming unions: Dairy farmers must benefit from EU fund
    2010-01-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Dairy officeholders from the UK farming unions have met to discuss the current dairy market situation and ensure that recent European developments benefit UK producers. The unions agreed a common position on ambitions for the European Commission's recently established High Level Milk Group and the urgent need for the UK to draw down its 29 million euro share of the EU's emergency dairy fund. Speaking after the meeting, NFU Dairy Board chairman Gwyn Jones said: "There is complete agreement between us that active dairy farmers should receive and benefit from this fund in the spirit that it was offered by the Commission-that is to provide some short term relief to milk producers in a year that has been dominated by falling prices".

    Source: NFU online


    Link Read more
    Link EU diary market
    Link DG Agriculture


  25. 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum
    2010-01-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security, Archive

    On 10 and 11 December 2009 the 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum was held at the ACP House in Brussels. Representatives from ACP Civil Society came together to discuss how to move forward after many years of silence and inactivity. In 1997 the Forum was established by ACP Civil Society organizations from the ACP regions in Entebbe, Uganda with the aim to provide a platform for civil society actors in the ACP countries, where they could articulate views and concerns, share information and facilitate dialogue with official ACP-EU institutions in order to support and strengthen the participation of ACP Civil Society in the ACP-EU development cooperation. The follow up was an impressive and unique Conference on the Participation of Civil Society in the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement, organised in July 2001 by the Belgian EU Presidency and the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. For almost a week, from July 2nd–7th 2001, more than 150 representatives of ACP civil society came together in Brussels to discuss their role in the ACP-EC cooperation and the ACP-EC Agreement, signed by the EC and the ACP countries a year before in Cotonou on 23 June 2000.

    Source: Afro European Sisters Network


    Link Read more
    Link More on the 2nd Forum
    Link Cotonou Agreement



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