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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 216]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 216]
Send date: 2010-03-19 17:09:45
Issue #: 32
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. Our video guest: Prof Boot
  2. 18th Brussels Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance and Rural Development
  3. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 22th to 26th March 2010
  4. European Parliament Study on the impacts of WTO negotiations on fisheries
  5. Jamaica Government gets $2.2-billion EU grant
  6. EC to recover € 346.5 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States
  7. EU grants US$160m to support regional integration
  8. Clearer and more informative food labelling rules
  9. EC consults stakeholders over trade policy towards developing countries
  10. Stop biodiversity loss
  11. EU states want impact study on 30% CO2 cut
  12. EC proposes support package for ACP producers' competitiveness
  13. GTZ plans to install 15 000 solar power systems in Ethiopia
  14. Development Cooperation after War and Violent Conflict
  15. 9 Challenges for the Spanish Presidency
  16. EU, US and UN plan for relocation of 1 million Haitians
  17. Belgian EU Presidency will steer six major projects
  18. Civil society strategic to EU-Latin America relations, says EESC
  19. Fiji selected to host the CDE
  20. Fairtrade products, Sainsbury's gets the lead
  21. European think-tanks call for new beginning in EU development policy
  22. Italy among EU worst performers in GHG reduction
  23. EU releases GH¢ 28million to promote bamboo as an alternative energy
  24. Organic market in France keeps growing
  25. £13m plan to fight animal diseases
  26. Detecting food crises
  27. EPAs: Europe’s last effort to divide Africa
  28. Namibia keeps EU guessing on EPA
  29. The Commission urges the Member States to prevent maritime piracy
  30. MEPs back fresh EU money to develop low-carbon technologies


  1. Our video guest: Prof Boot
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    On the occassion of his intervention at the Brussels Development Briefing on Biodiversity and Rural Development in ACP countries on Wednesday, 10th March at the Borschette Centre, Prof. Boot explained to us the three missions of Tropenbos International: Research, Capacity Building and Dialogue to improve the managment of forests. He also pointed at the challenges faced by ACP contries in safeguarding the biodiversity of forests. Prof. Boot stressed on the necessity for ACP countries to consider forests as assests and not just timber.
    Link Watch the video
    Link Tropenbos International
    Link Brussels Development Briefings


  2. 18th Brussels Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance and Rural Development
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Rural development

    The 18th Brussels Development Briefing will be on natural disasters, humanitarian assistance and rural development and will take place on 12th May 2010 (8h30-13h00) at Berlaymont, Room Schuman.
    This Briefing will discuss Humanitarian needs and responses looking first at recent trends and challenges and innovative and responsive approaches to future challenges. The earthquake in Haiti as many other recent natural disasters have highlighted the fragility of some States and the need for strong institutions able to strengthen risk reduction mechanisms and disaster preparedness and increase the effectiveness of response to disasters. The need for coordination and effectiveness in interventions by donors and actors is also key issue. We would like to share lessons learnt from recent experiences as to minimize the scale of future negative impact and long-term recovery. We would like to look at the impact on rural development and also the role of agriculture and rural development in rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts.

     


    Link Read more
    Link Past Briefings
    Link Videos of last Briefing


  3. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 22th to 26th March 2010
    2010-03-18

    European Parliament: 
    - 27 March to 1 April (Tenerife): 19th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

    EU Presidency (Brussels):
    - 22nd to 23rd March: General and Foreign Affairs Council
    - 25th to 26th March: Spring European Council

    ACP Secretariat (Spain):
    - 24th March: Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade 
    - 26th March: 20th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly 

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


    Link Spanish EU presidency
    Link Development Committee
    Link ACP Secretariat


  4. European Parliament Study on the impacts of WTO negotiations on fisheries
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    A European Parliament study on the impacts of WTO negotiations on fisheries underlines the significance of trade in fisheries for the EU-27 as the leading import market for fish products in the world. The EU-27 share of world import amounts to 30 percent in value. Imports originate mainly from Norway, China, Iceland and the USA. Around 10 percent of EU-27 imports are imported from ACP countries. Commenting this, the study highlights that 'regarding the special relationship with ACP countries it has to be noted that even under preferential conditions imports from these countries amount only to about ten percent in terms of value'. Trade flows between EU-27 and ACP countries show that the value of EU imports are 5,5 times larger then export value. The origins of the imports by EPA groupings are mainly EPA West Africa (mainly unprocessed fish), EPA East South Africa (processed fish products) and EPA Southern Africa (processed fish products). The study concludes that reductions of general tariffs (in a WTO context) or further bilateral/multilateral trade agreements would in general result only in moderate reductions of internal EU prices at all levels (EU producers, processors and consumers). However, tariff reductions could severely damage specific sectors when high tariff peaks or tariff escalation are present. This especially concerns trade in tuna, shellfish, salmon and shrimp.  Study, European Parliament DG for internal policies, Policy Department B: structural and cohesion policies: fisheries, The impact of WTO and other trade negotiations on fisheries.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EC- DG Trade
    Link EC-DG Fisheries


  5. Jamaica Government gets $2.2-billion EU grant
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Jamaican government received a $2.2-billion European Union grant to offset a shortfall in earnings resulting from the closure of the island's bauxite companies last year. The grant funds, however, will not be utilised in direct assistance to the bauxite sector but will instead go to Government's budget support. Signing off on the EU assistance at the finance ministry, Head of the European Delegation Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi-Alemanni said that the grant is allocated out of an Euro 80-million facility for all African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to compensate for losses in export revenue. "The 80 million FLEX programme is available worldwide and Jamaica has got the largest portion of Euro17 million," Mazzocchi-Alemanni said.
    He added that the "tremendous fallout" in bauxite earnings spurred the EU's decision regarding the level of assistance to Jamaica. FLEX, a compensation for short term fluctuations in export revenues, is an EU programme formed through a merger of other EU compensations systems worldwide. Mazzocchi-Alemanni in the meantime argued that the use of fossil fuel energy to process bauxite made it unprofitable and uncompetitive worldwide. "It is crucial for Jamaica to diversify its energy sources," Mazzochi-Alimanni commented.

    Source: Jamaica Observer


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with Jamaica
    Link EU Delegation to Jamaica


  6. EC to recover € 346.5 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States
    2010-03-18

    A total of € 346.5 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States is claimed back as a result of a conformity clearance procedure decision adopted by the European Commission. The money returns to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Factsheet on the agriculture budget
    Link DG Agriculture


  7. EU grants US$160m to support regional integration
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Trade

    The European Union (EU) on Monday granted four regional organisations of the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region financing worth €118 million (US$161 million) to support regional economic integration. The agreement, signed in Nairobi between the EU and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East Africa Community (EAC), and Indian Ocean (IO) region, is expected to support a number of regional economic integration and development projects. “These developments will bring new challenges but also new opportunities for us to further develop our partnership, and extend its new areas such as climate change, migration and peace and security,” Gary Quince, Director of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping at the EU Commission, said during the signing of the deals.

    Source: Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa


    Link Read more
    Link COMESA
    Link Inter-Governmental Authority on Development


  8. Clearer and more informative food labelling rules
    2010-03-18

    Food labels should give information on energy content and nutritional value, but they must not mislead, and must be made easier to understand, so as to enable consumers to make informed choices, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. However, the committee voted against imposing EU-wide use of a "traffic light" system to show important nutrient amounts. e committee report, drafted by Renate Sommer (EPP, DE), was approved with 52 votes in favour, 2 against and 5 abstentions, after MEPs had voted on almost 800 amendments. The committee had debated the issue for 18 months.
    The draft legislation aims to modernise, simplify and clarify food labelling within the European Union. It would make minor changes to existing rules on information that is compulsory on all labels, such as name, list of ingredients, "best before" or "use by" date, specific conditions of use, and add a requirement to list key nutritional information. The committee added that showing the country of origin should also be mandatory in some cases.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link European Consumers’ Organisation
    Link Confederation of the Food & Drink Industries


  9. EC consults stakeholders over trade policy towards developing countries
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht opened a conference focused on the European Union's trade policy towards developing countries. The objective of this conference is to discuss publicly how to maintain the effectiveness of the EU's General System of Preferences (GSP) in promoting development, how to make the most of regional trade agreements with developing countries, and how to encourage sustainable development. Commissioner De Gucht also announced the launch of a public consultation to support the review of the EU's GSP scheme in the coming month. "In formulating its trade policy towards developing countries the EU needs to take into account recent changes in the global economic landscape with emerging economies playing an increasingly important role. However, more vulnerable developing countries are still facing challenges in exploiting the full potential of trade. But ultimately everybody on the planet should be better off from trade. We have five years to translate good intentions into good results", said Commissioner De Gucht.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU's GSP scheme
    Link Documents of the conference


  10. Stop biodiversity loss
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    All over the world, biological diversity - the variety of ecosystems, species and genes - remains under severe threat. If mankind continues with "business as usual", the annual loss of vital ecosystem services provided for free by nature is estimated to equal €50 billion, while by 2050 the accumulated welfare losses could amount to 7% of GDP. To tackle the issue, on 15 March the Environment Council set a new headline target of halting the loss of biodiversity in the EU by 2020 and defined its vision for protecting this richness of nature until 2050.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Biodiversity post-2010
    Link Webcast of press conference


  11. EU states want impact study on 30% CO2 cut
    2010-03-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Even before EU Member States have decided how to divide up efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the 27-country bloc has requested the European Commission to prepare an impact assessment on the effect of a 30% reduction by 2020. A number of Member States are reluctant to commit to a 30% reduction in greenhouse gases. Environment ministers meeting in Brussels on 15 March therefore requested the Commission to present an assessment of the comparability and adequacy of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2020, as well as an impact assessment. The results should be made public in June 2010. Up to now, Member States have concentrated on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. A number of countries, including France, have refused to commit to further cuts as long as EU trading partners such as China and the USA do not take similar steps.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Green housegas emissions in the EU
    Link DG environment


  12. EC proposes support package for ACP producers' competitiveness
    2010-03-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Today, the Commission adopted a €190 million support package for banana exporters from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. This proposal was part of the historic Geneva Agreement on Trade in Bananas. The EU concluded this deal with Latin American countries and the US in December 2009 which settles 15 years banana disputes. It also cuts the tariff which the EU applies to bananas imported from Latin American countries. Today's measures aim to support ACP banana exporters to adjust to this new trading environment, taking into account each country's specific situation. The measures will focus on three goals: boosting the banana sector's competitiveness, promoting economic diversification and addressing broader social, economic and environmental impacts.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Full text of the Communication
    Link Banana disputes in GATT/WTO


  13. GTZ plans to install 15 000 solar power systems in Ethiopia
    2010-03-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    German development agency, GTZ, is planning to install 15 000 solar energy systems per month in Ethiopia, where only less than one percent of the rural population uses solar power because of inadequate investment in the sector. GTZ projects in Ethiopia include developing solar, hydroelectric and wind power systems. The new solar systems will serve as backups in areas where electricity is already available, and as sources of energy in areas where electricity is not available. The GTZ project Access to Modern Energy Service Ethiopia (AMES-E) is planning to set up photovoltaic systems in 100 areas that are currently not connected to the national grid, with priority given to public health centres in remote areas.

    Source: Réseau international d'accès aux énergies durables


    Link Read more
    Link GTZ in Ethiopia
    Link ACP-EU Energy Facility


  14. Development Cooperation after War and Violent Conflict
    2010-03-17

    The report from Institute for Development and Peace asks for the determining factors and specific challenges of development cooperation after war and violent conflict. Based on an extensive review of current literature, the report identifies six issue areas relevant to development cooperation. Furthermore, relevant actors and policies of select donors are analyzed. The report concludes that many links between the different issue areas in post‐conflict/post‐war situations have not been analyzed thoroughly enough and thus recommends further research.

    Source: Institute for Peace and Development


    Link Read more
    Link Peace and Development Institute
    Link  EU Peace and security


  15. 9 Challenges for the Spanish Presidency
    2010-03-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Showing global leadership in EU’s external policies in a time of crisis: SOLIDAR calls on the Spanish Presidency in its responsibility for the Europe 2020 strategy and preparations for the 2010 review of the Millennium Development Goals, to use key moments to fight for a fairer and environmentally sustainable world. Read more on the 9 challenges.

    Source: Solidar


    Link Read more
    Link Spanish Presidency of the EU
    Link Solidar


  16. EU, US and UN plan for relocation of 1 million Haitians
    2010-03-16

    The European Union, the United States and the United Nations are going to divide up the workload in order to provide shelter for more than one million Haitians before the rains, which have already started in the Caribbean country, get any worse.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU Fact Sheets on Haiti
    Link UE and UN


  17. Belgian EU Presidency will steer six major projects
    2010-03-16

    The Treaty of Lisbon, the EU 2020 strategy, climate issues, the Stockholm programme, enlargement and revision of the financial perspectives are the six major European projects identified by the future Belgian Council Presidency, which will start on 1 July and run for six months. On the latter, in addition to the €16 million to be allocated to the home affairs minister for security expenses, the presidency will have €74.066 million, of which €4.066 million is for special staff needs and another €5 million for unforeseen events.  Belgium has also set up a common programme with Spain and Hungary in the context of the 18-month trio of presidencies (mandatory under the Treaty of Lisbon). Although "priorities will be identified" soon, its own programme already includes six major projects: implementing the Treaty of Lisbon that came into force on 1 December; launching the EU 2020 economic strategy that will succeed the Lisbon Strategy; pursuing international climate and energy negotiations; implementing the Stockholm programme in the areas of justice, asylum and immigration; continuing enlargement negotiations; and preparing the 2011 budget and the mid-term revision of the financial perspectives.

    Source: Europolitics


    Link Read more
    Link Spanish Presidency of the EU
    Link Council of the EU


  18. Civil society strategic to EU-Latin America relations, says EESC
    2010-03-16

    Civil society must play a key role in strengthening the EU-Latin America bi-regional Strategic Partnership in order to step up political dialogue on shared global interests ranging from the environment and energy to global governance, migration, peace, security and better international regulation. This is the key message of an opinion adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee at its February plenary session. The opinion will provide a basis for the work of the Sixth meeting of civil society organisations from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean, set to take place in Madrid from 5 to 7   May 2010. The EESC is organising this meeting as part of civil society's contribution to the next Summit of Heads of State and Government of the European Union and of Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC Summit).

    Source: European Economic and Social Committee


    Link Read more
    Link EU and Latin America
    Link Observatory of EU-LA relations


  19. Fiji selected to host the CDE
    2010-03-16

    Fiji has been selected to host a European Union office for development in the Pacific Islands. Senior Foreign Ministry officials have confirmed to Fijivillage that the news was relayed to them by Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, Peceli Vocea. The EU's Centre of Development for Enterprise will be based in Suva. The Centre of Development for Enterprise will be a regional centre serving the Pacific island countries

    Source: Fiji Village


    Link Read more
    Link CDE
    Link Delegation of the EU to the Pacific


  20. Fairtrade products, Sainsbury's gets the lead
    2010-03-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    As Sainsbury's marketing activity around Fairtrade Fortnight - the Fairtrade Foundation's annual campaign to promote Fairtrade products - is ready to start on February 22, the British retailer has recently claimed that it is the world's largest distributor of Fairtrade products. According to the supermarket, one in every four pounds spent on Fairtrade products in the UK is spent at Sainsbury's and its annual sales of Fairtrade increased by 10% to £218m compared to this time last year. Sainsbury's sells more than 800 Fairtrade products and has converted to sell only Fairtrade bananas, and all its own-brand coffee and sugar is Fairtrade as well as 85% of its own-brand tea.

    Source: Green Planet


    Link Read more
    Link Sainsbury’s Fairtrade
    Link Fair Trade


  21. European think-tanks call for new beginning in EU development policy
    2010-03-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Leading European think-tanks propose new approaches in development policy to cope with future challenges. While the new EU Commission in the process of constitution, the European Think-Tanks Group has presented a memorandum entitled "New Challenges, New Beginnings – Next Steps in European Development Cooperation". The group comprises the think tanks German Development Institute (Germany), ODI (UK), FRIDE (Spain), and the European Centre for Development Policy Management ECDPM. The memorandum analyses both current European policy and emerging challenges in climate change, migration, trade policy as well as the coherence of and division of labor in development policy

    Source: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


    Link Read more
    Link ECDPM
    Link DIE


  22. Italy among EU worst performers in GHG reduction
    2010-03-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Italy produces some 550 million tons of greenhouse gases, thus ranking third among European biggest polluters, according to the report "Ambiente Italia 2010" (Italy Environment 2010). It ranked fifth in 1990 and 4th in 2000. The most serious problems affecting the Country include mobility, legality, waste, and the "best practices" that are scattered throughout the Country are not sufficient to "create a system and characterize an united effort of the whole community". In particular, the report stresses that since 1990 - the year of reference for the emissions reduction target of 6.5 per cent by 2010 set with the Kyoto Protocol - the growth of Italian gross emissions grew by 7.1%, mainly due to increased consumption for transport (+24%), production of electricity (+14%) and heating for civil use (+5%). Net emissions, considering the changes of land use and the increase of forest area, grew by 5%. These figures contrast with the European level which registered a decrease by 4.3% (in the EU-15) compared to 1990, with Germany, UK and France that have already exceeded the targets of the Kyoto Protocol, followed by the Netherlands.

    Source: Green Planet


    Link Read more
    Link Kyoto Protocol
    Link Air pollution in the UE


  23. EU releases GH¢ 28million to promote bamboo as an alternative energy
    2010-03-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Union (EU) has released 28 million Ghana cedis to support a project that seeks to promote bamboo as a new source of energy in Ghana and Ethiopia. The project dubbed: "Bamboo as a Sustainable Biomass Energy: A suitable Alternative for Charcoal and Firewood Production in Africa," aims at increasing the use of bamboo as a source of energy for the poor while providing a more sustainable, environmental friendly and economical option to firewood and charcoal. The 48-month project launched in March 2009-2013, is being coordinated by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) in collaboration with the Governments of Ghana and Ethiopia.

    Source: Ghana News Agency


    Link Read more
    Link Renewable rural energy
    Link Biofuels


  24. Organic market in France keeps growing
    2010-03-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The French organic market, which was 2,600 million euros worth in 2008, in the past year has increased between 10 and 20%, according to recent figures by the Agency Bio. "All big French retailers have given great evidence to organic products displayed in stores, in all sections of super- and hypermarkets", explained Guy Pascal, president of Agency Bio whose last figures were released in February 4. Surveys show that 46% of French consumers eat organic products at least once a month. This percentage increases each year (42% in 2007, 44% in 2008), despite the fact that the number of buyers continues to be around 39%.  Good 2009 figures point out a sort of balance between supply and demand. The increased availability of raw materials is leading to price reductions on products such as flour and organic pasta. This is undoubtedly good news for the sector, given the controversy about the level of prices and margins applied by distributors.

    Source: Green Planet


    Link Read more
    Link Organic Farming dans l'UE
    Link Organic agriculture and developing countries


  25. £13m plan to fight animal diseases
    2010-03-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    UK scientists have announced a £13 million plan to tackle livestock diseases such as foot and mouth disease, bluetongue and African Swine Fever in the developing world. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Scottish Government will fund 16 new projects across Africa and Asia in funding. More than 900 million people in the developing world live below the poverty line in rural areas. Just one animal can meet a whole family's needs, offering individuals a way out of poverty. But deadly and debilitating livestock diseases jeopardise this and lead to an increase in food prices.

    Source: Research for Development


    Link Read more
    Link Livestock and Fisheries
    Link BBSRC


  26. Detecting food crises
    2010-03-15

    Satellite observation is the key instrument that will allow to double in 2010 the number of countries monitored in real time for detecting first indications of adverse agricultural outcomes. The new Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) system facilitates and accelerates the reaction time in responding to food security crises by providing a common and internationally recognised classification of their severity. The JRC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the American Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) are working to innovate and reinforce their food security monitoring systems and to develop more efficient early warning tools. These efforts come as a response to the 2007-2008 global food crises that significantly increased the number of countries under threat of famine. 

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link FEWSNET
    Link Information and Food Security


  27. EPAs: Europe’s last effort to divide Africa
    2010-03-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    With clear evidence of disintegration among the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries starting to emerge, it seems the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) will not attain their intended objectives of enhancing trade, providing full market access, and a free trade market reciprocity arrangement. Recent happenings indicate that the free trade EPAs would not bring development to the 77 former European colonies which have been divided into six groupings for the purpose of negotiating the agreement. Over the past few months, pressure in the negotiations of the EPA with the European Union (EU) have pushed three regional economic groupings in Africa on the verge of disintegration instead of enhancing integration and unity.

    Source: Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa
          


    Link Read more
    Link Trade Negotiations Insights
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  28. Namibia keeps EU guessing on EPA
    2010-03-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Commission’s (EC) delegation in Namibia says it is “not confident” that the country would sign the full Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, amidst a looming deadline and a possible loss of up to N$3 billion in export revenues. After a brief break, the resumption of the negotiations on signing the full EPA is pencilled in from March 26 before her demands for signing the agreement are met.

    Source: New Era


    Link E-communication
    Link EU relations with Namibia


  29. The Commission urges the Member States to prevent maritime piracy
    2010-03-15

    The European Commission today adopted a recommendation addressed to the Member States to ensure the effective application of measures for self-protection and for preventing acts of piracy and armed attacks against ships. These measures – known as 'Best Management Practices' (BMP) – have been adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Siim Kallas, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport said: 'Piracy poses a terrible threat to the men and women on board vessels and is a real danger for the maritime sector and for world trade. Crews should be fully protected against acts of piracy and their employers must ensure that they are able to work with optimum safety when they are in areas with a high risk of piracy. The implementation of prevention and self-protection measures developed by the industry and by the IMO are useful tools for avoiding or to help counter pirate attacks.'
     

    Source: European Commission


    Link E-communication


  30. MEPs back fresh EU money to develop low-carbon technologies
    2010-03-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Plans to step up EU funding to develop innovative low-carbon technologies to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 were welcomed in a resolution approved by Parliament on Thursday. MEPs want the EU funding to develop applications for these technologies over the next 10 years, but also acknowledge that additional private, public and EU resources will be needed to hit the target.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link E-communication




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