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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 213]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 213]
Send date: 2010-02-26 18:40:07
Issue #: 29
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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. Brussels Briefing on Biodiversity 10th March 2010
  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 1st March-5 March 2010
  3. Our video guest: Pr. Yves Charbit
  4. EU-Pacific States agreement - ACP countries
  5. EDF: Statement of assurance - Discharge for 2008
  6. Common Fisheries Policy: radical re-think needed to protect small fishermen
  7. Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed the cereals market
  8. New data confirm steady worldwide F&V production
  9. Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed the sugar market
  10. Thailand, Brazil, Australia may take EU sugar case to WTO
  11. Illegal trade in ivory
  12. Kenya blames EU changes for stalled EPAs
  13. Presidency paper on the "Future of the CAP
  14. Eco Bananas forces Fyffes to withdraw
  15. European Network of Reference Centres
  16. Study into new European quality logo backed by Agriculture MEPs
  17. French Aid for Trade
  18. Out of Africa? A clear and present danger to world coffee
  19. The European Union and the Global South
  20. Jamaica to receive EU banana grant
  21. The rise of budget support: a false panacea
  22. EU Investment Bank ups Mauritius sugar reform funds
  23. Effectiveness of EDF support for Regional Economic Integration
  24. Raw materials: Heading for a global resource crunch?
  25. Palm oil plantations are now 'forests,' says EU
  26. EU continues search for biofuel 'green' criteria
  27. EU fury over bilateral trade pact delay
  28. Dairy products cannot be left to market forces alone
  29. EC supports ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna
  30. Commission creates two new Directorates-General


  1. Brussels Briefing on Biodiversity 10th March 2010
    2010-02-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Food Security, Environment

    On 10th March (8h30-13h00), the next Brussels Development Briefing will discuss the key role Biodiversity plays in rural development, especially for ACP countries.  Issues at stake include: the relationship between poverty and biodiversity, the effects of biodiversity loss in hunger and food insecurity, governance issues, the Intellectual Property Rights’ challenge, farmers rights and economic incentives, policies and legislation at the national, regional and global levels. Speakers include DG of Bioversity International, IUCN, Practical Action, EC, Members of parliament, ACP farmers groups, researchers...

    For information and registration: boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int


    Link Read more
    Link Past Briefings
    Link Biodiversity and the EU


  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 1st March-5 March 2010
    2010-02-26

    European Parliament: 
    -1st March (Brussels): Meeting of the Development Committee at the European Parliament

    EU Presidency (Brussels):
    - 5th March (Cordoba, Spain): Informal meeting of EU foreign ministers

    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    - 1st March: Special meeting of the Committee of Ambassadors

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


    Link Development Committee
    Link Spanish EU Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  3. Our video guest: Pr. Yves Charbit
    2010-02-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive

    Our video guest this week is Professor Yves Charbit. He is Director of the Centre for Population and Development (CEPED) and of the Institute for Development and International Solidarity. He is also a Professor at Paris Descartes University. On the occasion of his participation in the Brussels Development Briefing on population growth and its implications for developing and ACP countries, Prof. Yves Charbit highlighted the future trends of internal and international migration. He also pointed at the future challenges that ACP countries will have to manage with regards to migration. Prof. Yves Charbit stressed on the necessity not to forget the brain drain caused by internal rural exodus while addressing rural development.
    Link Watch the video
    Link The CEPED
    Link Brussels Briefings


  4. EU-Pacific States agreement - ACP countries
    2010-02-26

    The 2994th Council meeting on Economic and Financial Affairs held in Brussels on 16 February 2010 decided to forward to the European Parliament, for its consent, a draft decision aimed at approving the interim economic partnership agreement between the EU and the Pacific States.

    Source: Counciil of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EPA negotiations with the Pacific
    Link Agritrade News Update - February 2010


  5. EDF: Statement of assurance - Discharge for 2008
    2010-02-26

    The 2994th Council meeting on Economic and Financial Affairs held in Brussels on 16 February 2010 approved a statement, to be forwarded to the European Parliament, concerning the Court of Auditors' statement of assurance on the activities of the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth European development funds. The Council also adopted a recommendation on the discharge of operations of the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth European development funds for the financial year 2008.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link The European Development Fund
    Link Annual reports of EDF


  6. Common Fisheries Policy: radical re-think needed to protect small fishermen
    2010-02-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy must support small scale fisheries. This was the clear message from ALDE MEPs during a debate in the European Parliament in Brussels today. Carl Haglund (Svenska folkpartiet, Finland ), shadow rapporteur for the report on the reform of the CFP insisted: "The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is going in the right direction. The Fisheries´ Policy has long been one of the EU´s most discredited policies, infamous for micro-management, a top-down approach and, above all, a system that encourages discarding enormous amounts of perfectly usable fish every year. ALDE welcomes an ecosystem based approach. ALDE supports regionalization - not renationalization - of the CFP, and the establishment of a separate EU policy for small-scale fisheries."

    Source: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe


    Link Read more
    Link Common Fisheries Policy
    Link MEPs set out fisheries reform priorities


  7. Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed the cereals market
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    The 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010 took note of a request made by the French delegation to take appropriate measures to alleviate the situation on the cereals market. Commissioner Ciolos conceded that the market situation for barley was currently difficult, but insisted that export restitutions were, at this stage, not justified nor would they improve the price level.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Cereals sector EU-ACP
    Link FAO: Cereals


  8. New data confirm steady worldwide F&V production
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    According to recent figures, fruit and vegetable production has increased steadily over the past few years on a global level. In Europe, the amount of fruit harvested slightly declined in 2009, while vegetables increased by 3%. According to information from the AMI (Agricultural Market Information service) in Bonn released by Fruit Logistica press office, 800 million tonnes of vegetables (excluding melons) and nearly 700 million tonnes of fruit (including melons) were produced worldwide in 2009. Fruit and vegetable production levels have increased steadily over the past few years. Apples, grapes, oranges, melons and bananas are the world's leading fruit varieties, accounting for around 60% of global production. The range of vegetables is more diverse with the three leading varieties (tomatoes, head cabbage, cucumbers) accounting for only 30% of the total production volume. More than 10% of the global production of major fruit varieties are traded cross-border. For fresh vegetables, this figure is only 3% to 4%. The EU is the world’s largest importing region for fresh fruit and, if trade between the EU member states is taken into account, for fresh vegetables as well. Otherwise, the EU ranks second to the USA as an importer of fresh vegetables.

    Source: Greenmed Journal


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Horticulture Trade
    Link CAP Reform Fruit and Vegetables


  9. Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed the sugar market
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    At the 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010, the Portuguese delegation, supported by Bulgaria, Finland, Romania and the United Kingdom, asked the Commission to propose exceptional measures for the sugar refinery industry, hence rebalancing the impact of the additional out-of-quota exports on the supply of raw sugar cane. Commissioner Ciolos informed the Council that in the view of the Commission the condition for exceptional measures under the single CMO, i.e. the presence of a supply problem, was not met. In fact, the Commission expected for the next year a sugar surplus of around 300 000 t.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Sugar sector and ACP countries
    Link Single Common Market Organisation


  10. Thailand, Brazil, Australia may take EU sugar case to WTO
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The world’s three major sugar-exporting nations – Thailand, Brazil and Australia – recently expressed their opposition to the European Union’s (EU’s) export subsidy on sugar, on the grounds that it affects prices and lowers other countries’ export volumes. The three countries have agreed on the possible filing of a case to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if the EU does not review its policy. Thailand’s Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot said at an unofficial meeting of trade representatives to the WTO in Davos, Switzerland, that the countries are extremely concerned about the EU’s decision to increase its export subsidy to 500 000 tonnes, as it could affect global sugar trading. The joint move was aimed at pressuring the EU to review its decision, as the subsidy would lead to lower sugar prices in the world market, which would in turn hurt sugar-cane farmers in developing nations. The EU’s subsidies allow operators in its member states to sell sugar at below the global price, which has reduced opportunities for other exporting countries.

    Source: Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Dispute settlement WTO
    Link Sugar Market


  11. Illegal trade in ivory
    2010-02-25

    At the 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010, the Dutch delegation drew the attention of the Council on the increase of the illegal trade in ivory. In replacement for the Commissioner in charge of environment, Janez Potočnik, the Commissioner in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, expressed the Commission's intention to strengthen the protection measures for elephants at international level and recalled the efforts which the EU already undertook in the framework of the MIKE program and the CITES convention.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants
    Link Wildlife Trade in the EU


  12. Kenya blames EU changes for stalled EPAs
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Kenyan government now says structural changes within the European Union (EU) are partly to blame for derailing negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) whose set completion date was July last year. Trade Minister Amos Kimunya said that the government would meet EU officials to establish the impact of those changes to the EPA negotiations, adding, however, that the negotiations are still ongoing. He also asked the East African business community to focus on the long-term objectives of the negotiations rather than the expired time line. “There were changes within the EU at the commissioner’s level and we have been following that to see how the changes affect our ongoing negotiations. We will have a meeting this weekend to review where our negotiations have reached and then take a decision on the way forward. The important thing for us to remember is that all these negotiations must in the long run serve East Africa in the best possible way,” he said.

    Source: Trade Law Center for Southern Africa


    Link Read more
    Link New EU Trade Commissioner
    Link EPA negotiation update


  13. Presidency paper on the "Future of the CAP
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    Ministers at the 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010 held an exchange of views on the future of the CAP and in particular on market management measures after 2013, based on a presidency background paper and a questionnaire. Ministers welcomed the presidency paper as a valuable contribution for the discussion on the future of the CAP, stressing the importance of striking the right balance between market orientation on the one hand and ensuring the viability of agricultural activity in the EU through appropriate market and crisis management instruments on the other.
    Many ministers agreed that the market orientation which the European agriculture achieved as a result of the CAP reforms undertaken since 1992 was sufficient. Many delegations also put a strong focus on the contribution which the existing measures such as direct payments and intervention make in alleviating the price and income risk for farmers.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link PAC Reform
    Link Agriculture and Fisheries Council


  14. Eco Bananas forces Fyffes to withdraw
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Trademark action by Australian Eco Bananas has forced a large European company to withdraw its nomination for a major international innovation award. Fyffes of Germany was one of 10 companies who nominated for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA) 2010 in recognition of outstanding innovation in products and services. The competition is open to all companies exhibiting at Fruit Logistica and Freshconex 2010, which have commercially introduced an exceptional innovation to the market in the period from 1 November 2008 till 31 October 2009. Fyffes, which is one of the largest tropical produce importers and distributors in Europe, based their nomination for innovation on waxing the tip of their bananas to identify their organic status. They claimed 'The green wax tip of Fyffes Organic Bananas is an innovative, unmistakable and at the same time attractive indication of the organic, environmentally friendly origin of this product'.

    Source: Freshplaza


    Link Read more
    Link FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award (FLIA) 2010
    Link Banana Market


  15. European Network of Reference Centres
    2010-02-25

    The 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010 held an exchange of views on the Commission's report "Options for animal welfare labelling and the establishment of a European Network of Reference Centres for the protection and welfare of animals". Ministers in general agreed that information about animal welfare in livestock production could enable consumers to make informed purchasing decisions and help EU farmers to obtain the desired recompense for their efforts. At the same time, ministers made it clear that any welfare information system would have to be simple and easy to understand, as well as in line with the rules of the WTO. Many ministers highlighted also the need to avoid an increase of production costs as well as of the administrative and control burden. They also stressed the need to evaluate how to cover imported products.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Animal Health and Animal Welfare
    Link Labelling & Nutrition


  16. Study into new European quality logo backed by Agriculture MEPs
    2010-02-25

    Meeting Tuesday (23 February) MEPs on the Agriculture Committee back a study launched into a new "European quality logo" which would be reserved "exclusively for agricultural goods resulting entirely from production in the EU". This would allow producers to display "their commitment to quality, food safety and respect of all European standards". They were debating a plethora of European Commission proposals to modernise food labelling amid a future overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Quality of European Agriculture
    Link Agriculture and Rural Development Committee


  17. French Aid for Trade
    2010-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    The Aid for Trade initiative highlights the support that developing countries, particularly the least developed, need to increase their capacity to benefit from the global expansion of trade. At the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong in 2005, the international community mobilised and made financial commitments in favour of Aid for Trade. The European Union committed to increase its Trade-Related Assistance to €2 billion per year from 2010, including €1 billion from the Member States. In addition, in 2007, it adopted an Aid for Trade Strategy in which 50% of the increase in Trade-Related Assistance financing will be earmarked for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries France has adopted a new strategic framework for Aid for Trade, validated by its Inter-ministerial Committee for International Co-operation and Development (CICID) on 5 June 2009. This strategy sets out two priority goals to promote regional integration: supporting the development of regional trade policies related to the international markets; setting up a competitive offer on local, regional and international markets.

    Source: French Development Agency


    Link Read more
    Link List of Least Developed Countries
    Link Aid for Trade


  18. Out of Africa? A clear and present danger to world coffee
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    CABI launches the final report of a seven-year study on coffee wilt disease funded by the Common Fund for Commodities, together with the EU and the UK's Department for International Development. The disease was first reported from Central Africa in the 1920s, but was brought under control by the 1950s and was no longer considered a threat. However it returned with a vengeance in the 1990s, taking advantage of coffee institutes weakened by years of political and economic crises. The research programme involved scientists from UK, France, Belgium and seven African countries including the four countries where the disease is now present: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The disease is caused by a fungus (Fusarium xylarioides), although genetic studies carried out during the project suggest that there are at least two separate forms, one attacking only Robusta coffee, the other (found in Ethiopia alone) attacking Arabica coffee.

    Source: CABI


    Link Read more
    Link Coffee Diseases and Pests
    Link Coffee sector


  19. The European Union and the Global South
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Trade

    The development of coherent and effective relations with other regions and countries is one of the most challenging tasks faced by the European Union. This original volume explores the EU’s engagement with the global South, focusing on three controversial policy areas: economic cooperation, development cooperation, and conflict management. A discussion of the EU’s interregional model—which promotes interaction with regions rather than nation-states—provides a backdrop for case studies of EU policies with regard to Africa, Asia, and Latin America. While disclosing the tensions and overlaps between the EU’s foreign policies and those of its member states, the authors of this book also highlight an increasing trend toward successful policy coordination.

    Source: Lynne Rienner


    Link Read more
    Link Interregionalism
    Link EPA negotiations


  20. Jamaica to receive EU banana grant
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Jamaica is set to get another multi-million dollar grant from the European Union (EU), through the Banana Support Programme. Tomorrow, the EU Banana Support Programme through Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will officially sign four additional grant projects. This will bring to ten the number of contracts, which have been selected under the programme. The Banana Support Programme is aimed at helping banana-exporting countries in developing states to pursue other activities because Europe is no longer offering to pay them higher than normal prices for their bananas. The EU wants the local banana industry to understand that increased liberalization of the market is eroding preferential access to European markets. It’s also helping banana farmers to increase the productivity of alternative crops, improve infrastructure, access training and establish new markets.

    Source: Go-Jamaica


    Link Read more
    Link Banana: Executive brief
    Link Rural Agricultural Development Authority


  21. The rise of budget support: a false panacea
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    European aid donors are delivering a higher share of development aid directly to governments in the form of budget support. While this offers potential for enhancing local accountability within developing states the way it is being implemented in practice is having a negative impact.

    Source: FRIDE


    Link Read more
    Link Budget Support
    Link Budget Support And Economic Governance


  22. EU Investment Bank ups Mauritius sugar reform funds
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) on Tuesday announced a 15 million euro loan to Mauritius sugar producer Omnicane, as the country faces the end of preferential European Union prices. Sugar firms on the Indian Ocean island have increasingly looked to diversify their products and cut costs after the EU announced a graduated 36 percent cut in its guaranteed price for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar. Omnicane expects its new $200 million "flexi factory" to produce 200,000 tonnes of sugar per year -- roughly two fifths of Mauritius's total sugar exports -- and generate electricity and produce ethanol. Sugar was once the bedrock of the Mauritian economy. Today the almost $10 billion economy has moved into tourism, offshore banking and business outsourcing, although about half the island is still covered in cane. The Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture says sugar sales still make up some 3 percent of gross domestic product. The industry remains one of the island's leading employers. The loan follows a separate EIB loan of 13 million euros last year to Mauritius' FUEL Sugar Milling Company. Both companies are now selling refined sugar in place of raw sugar to German sugar giant Sudzucker, ending a long-standing relationship with Britain's Tate & Lyle.

    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link European investment bank
    Link Sugar sector in the EU-ACP relations


  23. Effectiveness of EDF support for Regional Economic Integration
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The European Court of Auditors has analysed whether European Development Fund support for regional economic integration has been effective in East Africa and West Africa, which together account for well over 50 % of the total amount allocated to regional EDF programmes. The Court examined the European Commission’s approach, its management of the support provided and a sample of individual projects and concludes that, overall, EDF support for regional economic integration has so far been only partially effective, due to a number of factors. The Court finds that the occurrence of multiple Regional Organisations with overlapping mandates and membership results in a complex institutional framework. Moreover, despite the Commission’s capacity building support, the Regional Organisations still lack institutional capacity, albeit in varying degrees, in all aspects of the project cycle. The Commission’s approach to supporting regional integration in East Africa and West Africa is relevant to the regions’ and the countries’ needs to achieve higher economic growth as a means to fight poverty. However, the strategies and interventions at the regional and national levels have largely been designed and implemented independently of each other, with insufficient attention paid to the possibility of creating complementarity between them, except, to some extent, in the transport sector.

    Source: European Court of Auditors


    Link Read more
    Link Regional Integration and Food Security
    Link The Grand Eastern and Southern Africa FTA


  24. Raw materials: Heading for a global resource crunch?
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security

    With the world's population growing and industrialisation rising, competition for raw materials is intensifying, raising concerns about access to key natural resources for European industry
    With the world's population expanding rapidly and industrialisation taking hold in new corners of the globe, competition for raw materials is intensifying, triggering concerns about resource scarcity and the environmental 'footprint' of the planet's population.The 2008 Living Planet Report, by the Global Footprint Network, WWF and the Zoological Society of London, said growing populations are putting so much pressure on Earth's natural resources that two planets will be required by the early 2030s if current lifestyles are to be maintained. Considering the uneven distribution of natural resources, the report suggest that most nations have become ecological debtors, covering their excess demand by importing resources from other countries. In the EU, the total ecological footprint is twice the size of the region's biocapacity, with the UK and Spain, for example, running ecological deficits greater than 150%.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Global Footprint Network
    Link  Living Planet 2008 Report


  25. Palm oil plantations are now 'forests,' says EU
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Commission and some EU member states hope to redefine palm oil plantations as "forests," according to a leaked document from the EU executive. Rules governing the use of biofuels were supposed to be designed to sort out the sustainable versions of the technology from their dirtier cousins following a massive backlash against it in 2008. At the time, an avalanche of reports revealed that many forms of the fuel source both increase greenhouse gas emissions and put pressure on food prices. The production of palm oil was one of the most egregious examples of the problem. In the wake of the biofuels boom, there has been a rush to chop down rainforests to make way for palm oil plantations. The UN says that the growth in such plantations is now the main cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia.  Worse still are the land grabs and human rights abuses resulting from the lucrative business. In Indonesia, when native communities complain about the loss of their lands, private security firms and police that collude with the oil companies crack down violently on protesters.

    Source: EU Observer


    Link Read more
    Link  Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
    Link Palm oil, forests and climate change


  26. EU continues search for biofuel 'green' criteria
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Defining sustainability criteria for biofuels will be one of the first dossiers on the table of the newly appointed environment and energy commissioners, as persistent disagreements continue to divide the EU executive. Defining sustainability criteria for biofuels will be one of the first dossiers on the table of the newly appointed environment and energy commissioners, as persistent disagreements continue to divide the EU executive. A draft version of a European Commission communication on the EU's biofuel sustainability scheme was published by the Friends of the Earth, an environmental NGO, on its website on 3 February. The NGO said the document is highly controversial and failed to attract consensus during an inter-service consultation among the EU executive's different directorates-general (DGs).
    However, a Commission spokesman denied that the paper had sparked any major internal controversy. The document will now be finalised at the level of EU commissioners' cabinets. While it is expected to be presented in March, it may be delayed as the new Commission is due to be appointed only next week, and will first need to put together its various cabinets before tackling the dossier.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Renewable energy in the transport sector
    Link Friends of the earth


  27. EU fury over bilateral trade pact delay
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The delay in the signing of economic partnership agreements by East African Community member states has aroused the ire of the European Union. The EU has described the situation as untenable and contrary to both EU law and World Trade Organisation rules. According to Mr Timothy Clarke, head of the EU Delegation in Tanzania, the deal needs to be sealed swiftly. “ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group) countries which signed EPAs enjoy free access to EU markets, but they also took legally binding commitments, while a number of others, including EAC countries, enjoy the same free access without any legally binding commitments,” said Mr Clarke. Talks meant to draft rules of engagement following the expiry of the earlier agreements have stalled over objection to Europe’s introduction of new trade-related issues.

    Source: Daily Nation


    Link Read more
    Link EU wants East Africa group to sign trade deal
    Link East African Community


  28. Dairy products cannot be left to market forces alone
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    Stable prices and fair incomes for dairy farmers are crucial to ensuring the supply of high quality dairy products and preserving a vibrant rural environment in Europe, says the EESC opinion on the future of the EU dairy strategy adopted at the 17 February plenary session. A few months after dairy farmers from across the EU demonstrated in Brussels against price swings on agricultural markets, the EESC has come out strongly in favour of maintaining market intervention measures in order to balance supply and demand. "Food in general and milk in particular are too important for the well-being of citizens to be left to the vagaries of a free, unregulated market", said rapporteur Frank Allen (Various Interests Group, Ireland).

    Source: European Economic and Social Committee


    Link Read more
    Link Milk and milk products in the EU
    Link Farm subsidies and the WTO


  29. EC supports ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna
    2010-02-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Commission today proposed that the European Union should press for a ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna to enter into force within the next year. The Commission is deeply concerned that overfishing of Atlantic bluefin tuna driven largely by international trade is seriously depleting stocks of the species. The proposal will be discussed with Member States in order to reach a common EU position for the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 13 to 25 March 2010.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link CITES
    Link Japan plans to ignore the ban


  30. Commission creates two new Directorates-General
    2010-02-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Commission has today taken a number of decisions to implement the organisational consequences of the allocation of portfolios to Commissioners. Two new Directorates-General have been created: DG Energy (ENER) and DG Climate Action (CLIM). The Energy DG consists of the departments in the former Transport and Energy DG dealing with energy issues and of the Task Force Energy which will be transferred from the External Relations DG. The position of Director-General will be assumed by Philip Lowe, a British national, currently Director-General in DG Competition. The departments responsible for transport policy will remain in the renamed Mobility and Transport DG (MOVE). The Climate Action DG will be created from the relevant activities in DG Environment, the activities in the External Relations DG related to international negotiations on climate change and the activities in the Enterprise and Industry DG related to climate change. Jos Delbeke, a Belgian national and currently Deputy Director-General in the Environment DG, has been appointed Director-General of the Climate Action DG.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Climate Action: Letter by Barrosso
    Link EU action against climate change



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