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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 217]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 217]
Send date: 2010-03-29 18:52:21
Issue #: 33
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: Karin Ulmer
  2. 18th Brussels Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance and Rural Development
  3. France stalls on carbon tax plan
  4. SADC collects agricultural data for regional use
  5. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 29th March to 2nd April
  6. Biodiversity, climate change and you
  7. Signing off the 2008 budget: MEPs' proposals for better monitoring of spending
  8. Developing countries facing the abyss
  9. Import tarriffs EU not always damaging for poor counties
  10. African corn for Europe?
  11. Reflections on alternatives to development aid
  12. Buzek suggests electing EU commissioners
  13. Embracing Technical Cooperation Reform in ACP Countries
  14. Quake Disaster Shouldn't Detract from Long-term Objectives
  15. GMOs increase worldwide, but drop in Europe
  16. Anti-subsidy safeguard statistics covering the first two months of 2010
  17. EU and ACP states initial the revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement
  18. A comparative study of executive structures of development cooperation
  19. South Africa under pressure to sign EPA
  20. 11 new projects funded by the EU Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund in 2009
  21. Global governance could take a leaf from the EU's book
  22. EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade
  23. Sirpa Pietikäinen on CITES: Biodiversity at stake
  24. Future common agricultural policy: Parliament kicks off debate
  25. African Observers accepted in SPS Committee at the WTO
  26. Africa Food Pack 2010


  1. Our video guest: Karin Ulmer
    2010-03-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive, ACP-EU Trade

    Ms. Karin Ulmer is Policy Officer for Gender and Trade at APRODEV. In this interview Ms. Ulmer explains why it is important for an ONG, working in development policy, to have an office in Brussels. She also eloborates on two key topics of EU-ACP relations: the trade and development nexus as well as the issues of Gender. On the trade and development nexus, Ms. Ulmer criticizes the promotion of international trade without regional markets. She also regrets the lack of attention paid to rural development and the informal sector in the EPAs. Making a link between trade and gender policies, Ms. Ulmer points at some liberalized items such as alcohol that can undermine gender policies


    Link Watch the Video
    Link APRODEV
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  2. 18th Brussels Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance and Rural Development
    2010-03-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    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 the Borschette Center, Room 1A. 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.

    For more information contact boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int and read material online at http://brusselsbriefings.net


    Link Read more
    Link Past Briefings
    Link Videos of last Briefing


  3. France stalls on carbon tax plan
    2010-03-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    After nine months of discussions, the French government will delay implementing its controversial domestic tax on carbon emissions until it can secure an agreement with its European partners, effectively putting the project on hold for the immediate future. The decision was announced during a meeting with UMP party representatives on Tuesday 23 March, and is clearly politically motivated. In declaring the need to refer the plan to the European level, Prime Minister François Fillon put an end to nearly nine months of national discussions about a tax policy to reduce the use of fossil fuels. “All decisions relating to sustainable development must be analyzed with a view to their impact on our competitiveness. That goes for the carbon tax. We want decisions to be taken jointly with other European countries,” stated Mr Fillon in a statement released by the prime minister’s office. After a hostile reaction to the announcement, the prime minister added that the government would introduce the carbon tax and that he would push the European Commission for a swift harmonization of environmental taxes throughout the bloc. In order not to harm the competitiveness of French companies, it would appear that the prime minister has shelved the plan until more progress has been made at the European level.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Taxation of energy products and electricity
    Link Air pollution in the EU


  4. SADC collects agricultural data for regional use
    2010-03-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Rural development

    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is currently holding the first of a series of workshops to collect information on agricultural practices and technology that will subsequently be made available throughout the region, reports APA on Wednesday 24 March in the Seychelles capital, Victoria. The workshop has been jointly organized by the Seychelles Agricultural Agency and the European Union under the theme, “Development of an agricultural information, communication and knowledge management (AICKM) strategy in agricultural research and development”. The workshop was opened by the agricultural agency’s chief executive, Antoine-Marie Moustache, who stated its main aim was to promote the importance of distributing and exchanging agricultural information and technology among research and development stakeholders. “This should lead to the creation of an online integrated agricultural information system shared by SADC Member States,” Mr Moustache added. The information will cover related topics such as universities and institutions offering courses in agriculture and the types of goods produced by farmers in SADC countries. Following the Seychelles meeting, other SADC members are expected to hold further workshops in order to create their own database of agricultural information.

    Source: Afrique Avenir


    Link Read more
    Link SADC
    Link Research for Development


  5. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 29th March to 2nd April
    2010-03-25

    European Parliament (Tenerife): 
    - 29th March to 1st April: 19th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

    EU Presidency (Brussels):
    - 29th to 30th March: Council of Agriculture and Fishing
    - 31st March: Informal Meeting of Culture Ministers

    ACP Secretariat (Tenerife):
    - 29th March: Formal opening ceremony of the 19th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly 
    - 29th March to 1st April: Plenary Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

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


    Link Spanish EU Presidency
    Link European Parliament
    Link ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly


  6. Biodiversity, climate change and you
    2010-03-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    EEA Signals 2010 tells six stories about people and the environmental issues they live with today.  These ‘eyewitnesses’ invite you on a journey to both familiar and distant places looking again at the foundations of life on earth — water, soil and air. Although their observations are personal and local, their plight is common and global.These are not simply anecdotes. The wisdom of ordinary people, such as hunters, farmers, hill walkers and sports enthusiasts, offer an often untapped resource of information to complement our satellite images and research. These people also speak in plain language. They are easy to listen to.“We rely on the richness of life on this planet for our food, shelter and such basic needs as clean air. We are a part of this diversity and cannot live without it. In Signals ordinary people observe how changes to their environment affect not only animal and plant life, but also their livelihood and lifestyle” said Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of EEA.Biodiversity and Climate Change are central themes and the stories will be relevant throughout 2010 –United Nations International Year of Biodiversity.

    Source: European Environment Agency


    Link Read more
    Link UN International Year of Biodiversity
    Link Signals: people and their environment


  7. Signing off the 2008 budget: MEPs' proposals for better monitoring of spending
    2010-03-25

    The European Commission's budgetary management for 2008 should be formally approved, decided Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee on Tuesday in its vote on the "budget discharge procedure". By contrast, the Council's budget discharge should be postponed, said MEPs, citing a continuing lack of cooperation. Parliament's spending for 2008 should be approved, although some internal controls should be better. The committee cited significant improvements in the control of agriculture spending by the European Commission but also continuing weaknesses in other policy areas. Though Council had been more forthcoming with information, MEPs were still not entirely satisfied and therefore proposed that the full Parliament postpone giving discharge until October. To improve the control of EU spending, the committee not only voted on whether to give the institutions their discharge or not, but also adopted resolutions with recommendations on how to monitor spending better.  Overall, MEPs say control of EU spending could be made easier by simplification and better cooperation with Member States.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Budgetary Control
    Link Members of the budgetary control committee


  8. Developing countries facing the abyss
    2010-03-25

    An estimated 100 million people in developing countries will fall into extreme poverty because of the economic and financial crisis, according to a report being presented Wednesday evening in the House. A "perfect storm" of falling aid donations, the economic slump and a fall in capital flows have meant that there is an estimated $11.6 billion shortfall for things like education and health. The non-legislative report, drafted by Spanish Socialist Enrique Guerrero, stresses the need for a concerted effort from developed countries to alleviate the situation - especially from the EU which supplies 60% of all development aid. Mr Guerrero wants EU members to increase development aid from the current 0.4% of gross national income to 0.5%  this year and 0.7% within five years.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Guerrero Salom report
    Link Eurostat on development aid in the EU


  9. Import tarriffs EU not always damaging for poor counties
    2010-03-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The high UE import tarriffs are again under fire from the advocats of Free Trade. Research done by the University of Wageningen, Holland shows that these tarriffs are not neccessarily harmfull to developing countries. Inparticular big developing countries can level with the EU-Bastion. The agricultural commercial policy of the EU comes under regular criticism from advocats of Fair Trade. To protect its own industry the EU has raised tarriffs on agricultural products. This is unfavourable for the development of developing countries. Research carried out at the Agricultural Economic Institute (LEI) at Wageningen University shows that high tarriffs for processed products does not always have to be an obsticle for exports from developing countries. Commisioned by the Dutch ministry of agriculture, the LEI took ten important agricultural products from developing countries in to consideration. It showed that the rise in tarriffs does affect the import of cocao, tomatoes, palm oil, soya, leather and cotton, but not the import of sugar, poultry, beef and timber. In some other cases it showed that in the group of most imported products the tarriffs were highest. Despite the tarriffs soya and cotton still reached the European market.

    Souce: Freshplaza


    Link Read more
    Link Market access and market developments
    Link Taxation and Customs Union


  10. African corn for Europe?
    2010-03-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    According to the Deputy Director of the National Agency for the Promotion of Agriculture (SONAPRA), Benin is planning to sell its corn surplus on the world market, in line with the goals formulated in Cotonou that aim to promote initiatives to revitalize the agriculture sector in the last two years. Corn is the staple cereal in this small country that borders Nigeria, and production levels had always been high, until the huge drop in prices discouraged production among farmers. By spring 2008, the government had stepped in to prevent the country from becoming victim to large increases in food prices. In two years, agricultural production has risen dramatically, with a 20% increase this year for rice and 6-7% for corn, resulting in a record surplus of 350 000 tonnes. What lessons can be learned from this spectacular growth?

    - Small-scale, family production is able to meet the challenge of food security, the goal of every agricultural policy. Africa therefore offers an alternative to agribusiness and the large-scale cultivation promised by countries or companies interested in leasing land.
    - The toughest part is still to come: now that yields are high and the harvests are bountiful, it is ever more important to ensure a market for the surplus so that farmers do not get discouraged. In short, get back to developing agricultural policy, something of a dirty word in Brussels, but which has returned to the agenda in Africa. “African leaders tried not to think in these terms for a long time, but now they’re coming back round to the idea,” notes with satisfaction a rural development specialist working for a European funding agency.

    However, in the absence of organized distribution channels, the production surplus may go to waste. A sorry outcome that is all too common in Africa where the problem lies not with production but with the lack of infrastructure (silos, roads, treatment plants, etc.) necessary to link up the producer and the consumer. Additional storage facilities for cereals have been constructed in Benin this year, as well as rice treatment plants to store and mill the grains. All that remains is to match the farmers’ efforts in terms of remuneration. In little over four years, cotton production was halved in Benin as a result of low prices and delayed payments.

    Source: Radio France Internationale


    Link Read more
    Link EC- DG SANCO
    Link Food security and aid


  11. Reflections on alternatives to development aid
    2010-03-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Most development actors agree that the current model for development assistance, which produces so few positive results, cannot be sustained much longer. While many alternatives have been proposed, few have received widespread acceptance. A number of studies and official statements have been published recently that reject development aid in its current form. One of the most remarkable positions was that of Jean-Michel Severino, Director of the French development agency, in an interview with La Tribune. It is increasingly difficult for even the staunchest defenders of the current system to explain the need to preserve a model that demands so much effort for so few, if any, results. Taxpayers in developed countries are fed up with the idea that their money is being thrown away on corrupt tropical dictators. Similarly, citizens from developing countries do not appreciate how their impoverished conditions are used to attract funds that, at the end of the day, return to the donor country, after having worsened the conditions of poverty. It is therefore time for a revolution.

    Source: Le Quotidien


    Link Read more
    Link Dambisa Moyo
    Link Fostering aid effectiveness


  12. Buzek suggests electing EU commissioners
    2010-03-24

    Jerzy Buzek, the Polish president of the European Parliament, has suggested that future EU commissioners should compete in Europe-wide elections to get a "democratic mandate". Buzek, who is on a two-day visit in Berlin, made his proposal during a speech delivered at Humboldt University on Monday (22 March), according to the Polish Press Agency (PAP). He suggested a "parlamentarisation" of the European Commission, which he claimed decides about 65% of the laws adopted at the national level. "We do not need to change the treaties," Buzek said. "We just have to convince the EU countries to add their commissioner candidates to the lists for the European elections," he explained. "These people could be leaders of these lists," he added. "Future commissioners who will compete in the European elections will have a democratic mandate, because they will be elected by universal suffrage," Buzek explained.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link President of the European Parliament
    Link European parliament TV


  13. Embracing Technical Cooperation Reform in ACP Countries
    2010-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The European Commission's reform of technical cooperation, has become an integral part of the EC's work, according to Gary Quince, EuropeAid's Director for African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries. It was only a couple of years ago that Mr Quince, like many Commission staff, first began hearing about ‘The Backbone’ – the shorthand for the Commission’s policy document to reform the way it delivers technical cooperation. But in that short time, the ideas that 'The Backbone' represents have become a central part of the Commission’s operations in the African Caribbean and Pacific region. “I’m very encouraged that not only the delegations, but headquarters staff, have really taken [The Backbone] on board,” said Mr Quince.

    Source: Commission européenne


    Link Read more
    Link EuropeAid
    Link ECHO
    Link Backbone_Strategy.pdf

  14. Quake Disaster Shouldn't Detract from Long-term Objectives
    2010-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Haiti is still reeling from a devastating earthquake, but its leaders don’t want the humanitarian relief operation to detract from the country’s long-term development objectives and the Commission has offered its support, according to top officials. The earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, killed an estimated 200,000 people and left the capital in ruins. Counting the cost of the damage, both emotional and physical, is an enormous task, according to Mikael Barfod who recently returned from a post disaster needs assessment mission to Haiti. “The one thing that makes an impression more than anything else is perhaps the children,” said Mr Barfod, who is EuropeAid’s Head of Unit for geographical coordination of development assistance in the Caribbean, West and Central Africa. “They can’t go to school and they’re roaming around - in many cases they have lost relatives – it’s like they have lost their bearings on life.” To watch a video interview with Mr Barfod, click on the icon.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with Haiti
    Link EU Delegation to Haïti


  15. GMOs increase worldwide, but drop in Europe
    2010-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    2009 figures proved that genetically modified crops are witnessing a new "wave of growth" throughout the world, but they are decreasing in Europe, a recent report revealed. Globally 14 million farmers (700,000 more than 2008) planted 134 million ha of GMOs, thus increasing by 7.2 percent over 2008, according to the annual report of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). However, while increasing worldwide, in Europe the surfaces devoted to GM cultivation registered a drop by 12%. It is noteworthy that the growth of transgenics was much higher in developing countries: 13 percent (7 million ha in 2009) compared to 3 percent (2 million ha) in industrialized countries. As a result, almost half (46 percent) of the total area corresponds to developing countries where some 13 million small farmers with limited resources are working.

    Source: Green Planet


    Link Read more
    Link GMO in the EU
    Link GMO: FAO dossier


  16. Anti-subsidy safeguard statistics covering the first two months of 2010
    2010-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The attached statistics covering the first two months of 2010 will also be part of the 2010 Annual Report, which will be submitted by the Commission to the European Parliament later this year. The statistics have not been subject to a detailed analysis but rather give an indication of the evolution of the anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard activities. On 28 February 2010, there were 135 anti-dumping and 8 countervailing measures in force. Furthermore, there are undertakings in force from 8 countries covering 12 products. At the end of February, 57 investigations were on-going.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Safeguard measures
    Link Comparison of safeguard provisions


  17. EU and ACP states initial the revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Environment, ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    The European Commission and the African Caraibean Pacific group of 79 States have concluded the second revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. As a result of fruitful dialogue since mid-2009, ACP-EU cooperation will be adapted to today's challenges, such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness. It also focuses on the importance of regional integration for ACP countries' economic and sustainable growth. This agreement will be reviewed every five years until 2020. European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said: "The Cotonou Partnership Agreement is our key instrument in the fight against poverty in the ACP States. The revised agreement promotes an open dialogue and a flexible and participatory approach to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty. It aims to foster regional integration, to address global challenges such as climate change and supports ACP countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. With this new agreement, the EU and ACP States are geared up to better deliver to the poor and to strengthen their political relations." The Cotonou Agreement is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. Since 2000, it has been the framework for the EU's relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The first revision took place in 2005 and prepared the ground for the 2007-2013 financial framework of development assistance.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU development cooperation
    Link ACP Press Statement


  18. A comparative study of executive structures of development cooperation
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The purpose of the study is to identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of executive structures for development cooperation and humanitarian assistance for the achievement of the MDGs. The relevance of the study is the administrative reform expected in 2009, aiming to have greater integration of the EU’s policies in external relations and to create greater coherence between its Common Foreign Security and Defence policies with other parts of its external relations. Development cooperation and humanitarian assistance are among those. This study started before the referendum in Ireland when the Irish voters rejected the Lisbon Treaty. The Lisbon Treaty mandates the establishment of an executive structure that will aim for a more effective European role in the international arena. This is commonly referred to as the European External Action Service (EEAS) or European Diplomatic Service.

    Source: Zunia


    Link Read more
    Link EU External Relations
    Link EU External Action Service


  19. South Africa under pressure to sign EPA
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    South Africa, Angola, and Namibia could soon be left in the cold if they continue to resist signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) which is increasingly under pressure to streamline its trading policies under World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations, the European Commission’s trade directorate has said. Addressing an information seminar on the EPA negotiations between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Jacques Wunenburger, head of the commission’s trade directorate, said countries that have signed the interim EPA are rightfully concerned that the EU is continuing to grant SA, Angola and Namibia the same privileges in terms of trade access even though they had not signed. “The situation is untenable because it is unfair to countries that have signed and it is an illegal arrangement not permissible under the WTO,” he said.

    Source: Trade Law Center for South Africa


    Link Read more
    Link DG -Trade South Africa
    Link SADC-EPA


  20. 11 new projects funded by the EU Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund in 2009
    2010-03-22

    In 2009, a total of 11 grant operations were approved by the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund to build large-scale energy, transport and information and communication technology infrastructures of regional importance across Africa. The Trust Fund, managed by the European Investment Bank, further expanded its budget in 2009. Total grant resources of € 372 million have been provided to the Fund since its launch and could leverage up to € 5 billion in loans from European or international development financial institutions and the private sector. The European Commission, the main contributor to the Fund, increased its participation by € 200 million.

    Source: European Investment Bank


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund
    Link Africa-EU Partnership


  21. Global governance could take a leaf from the EU's book
    2010-03-22

    Everyone knows that international policy coordination would be of benefit to all, but what structures, what mechanisms? Iain Begg looks at some of the EU devices that could help shape global governance thinking. In an increasingly inter-connected global economy, the actions of one government have repercussions for others. Co-ordination among them matters a great deal, yet it is hard to achieve because what is in the common interest, especially in the short-term, does not always makes sense for any single country, especially in times of crisis when governments are under intense political pressure to ‘do something’.

    Source: Europes World


    Link Read more
    Link External Relations of the EU
    Link The Garnet Network of Excellence


  22. EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Cameroon and the European Commission have agreed upon the text of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). Negotiations are ongoing with the Central African Republic. Gabon’s Prime Minister recently requested the launch of formal VPA negotiations between his country and the EU. The launch and first negotiation session is scheduled to take place in Libreville in the week of March 15. For Liberia, 
    The VPA Secretariat was officially put into operation in October 2009. Next formal negotiations will take place in early March in Brussels. Congo is currently implementing the VPA concluded in May 2009. One of the major efforts is to develop a national traceability system to capture the supply chains of timber products for domestic and all export markets. The system is being developed in a close cooperation with the government of Congo and EU Delegation in the country.

    Source: Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade


    Link Read more
    Link EUFLEGT-EFI
    Link Forest and illegal logging


  23. Sirpa Pietikäinen on CITES: Biodiversity at stake
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    This year is the UN year of biodiversity and it brings endangered species into the spotlight. Finland's Sirpa Pietikäinen leads a delegation of environment MEPs to Doha, Qatar, this weekend, where parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) gather. MEPs will push for a trade ban to save bluefin tuna and polar bears and a ban on the ivory trade. The former environment minister explains what is at stake.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EP Resolution
    Link Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP


  24. Future common agricultural policy: Parliament kicks off debate
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    What are the new challenges facing European agriculture? Should the EU keep its common policy? How can it guarantee good living conditions to farmers, whilst ensuring best use of public funds? The Agriculture Committee kicked off debate on common agricultural policy reform, due to start next year, with a public hearing of experts on Wednesday (17th March 2010). The common agricultural policy "is part of the solution of new challenges", which has "some of the answers to the questions set out in the EU 2020 strategy", said George Lyon (ALDE, UK), the MEP drafting Parliament's resolution on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Most speakers, (MEPs, farmers' representatives and academics), advocated keeping the policy at EU level, on the grounds that introducing "co-financing" (i.e. combining funding from EU and national budgets) could mean the end of the CAP. The majority also advocated introducing tools to restrain price volatility, stressing agriculture's benefits for society as a whole.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    Link The CAP after 2013


  25. African Observers accepted in SPS Committee at the WTO
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    African countries are set to receive a boost in their ability to follow WTO work on food safety and animal and plant health — and to trade more effectively — following a 17-18 March 2010 decision to accept three regional organizations from the continent as observers in the WTO committee dealing with these issues.

    Source: World Trade Center


    Link Read more
    Link EC -DG SANCO
    Link Food Safety Standards and ACP agricultural exports


  26. Africa Food Pack 2010
    2010-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    In sub-Saharan Africa, companies which export fresh fruits and vegetables or processed products such as fruit juices, condiments, couscous-type cereals and spices …. .cruelly lack packaging solutions which meet the standards of markets in western countries. These needs can be felt throughout the entire value chain: from consumables to packaging machines and product marking…. AAFEX – an association of exporters of food products from 16 African countries has decided to look for solutions within the framework of the support it provides to its 90 members and more broadly to small & medium-sized African companies of the sector. AAFEX requested PRO€INVEST and the AFD for the implementation of a complete program of identification of the needs and linkage with the offer.

    Source: Africa Food Pack


    Link Read more
    Link Market access
    Link PRO€INVEST



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