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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 225]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 225]
Send date: 2010-05-28 09:23:49
Issue #: 41
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. 19th Brussels Briefing on Youth and rural development in ACP countries
  2. Our video guest: Mr. Gérard Onesta
  3. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 28th May to 4th June 2010
  4. Paris, Berlin signal pause in EU climate efforts
  5. EU agriculture employs fewer workers
  6. Ashton to give EU leaders ‘written reassurance’ on EEAS
  7. KOPIN launches Newsletter
  8. CARITAS Europa paper: The European Union can make MDGs possible
  9. Polish government cuts ODA to Africa
  10. EU: Copa-Cogeca - Maintaining direct aid essential
  11. 'Make development policy more effective' - Franziska Keller
  12. EU sugar companies big winners from CAP subsidies
  13. Germany Announces 10 Million Euro Contribution to Adaptation Fund
  14. Somalia and Piracy
  15. Council agrees on stricter rules for animal experimentation
  16. Council conclusions: The role of the EU in global health
  17. Council conclusions: EPA development programme
  18. Council conclusions: EU action in the area of commodities
  19. Mauritania links up to submarine Europe—Africa cable
  20. Dispute on trade in bananas
  21. Gender equality and development
  22. Millennium development goals
  23. EU gives Rwanda 73.8 mln euro for roads, governance
  24. 'Made in' labels could become compulsory for clothes
  25. Improved health services for sub-Saharan Africa
  26. MEPs review biocidal products directive
  27. UK minister sees EU allies in CAP reform debate
  28. Pilot version of European Atlas of the Seas
  29. France details plans for 'carbon inclusion mechanism'
  30. Commission seeks to get fisheries management on track in 2011


  1. 19th Brussels Briefing on Youth and rural development in ACP countries
    2010-05-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    The 19th Brussels Development Briefing will be on Youth and rural development in ACP countries and will take place on 16th June 2010 (8h30-13h00) at the Borschette Center. This Briefing will discuss the challenges and opportunities for future ACP young farmers and the potential of rural youth in terms of employment, income generation, access to financial services, investment and ICTs as well as provision of formal and non-formal agricultural education and social services. The Briefing will also look at the policy options favourable in support of young farmers and their contribution to development thinking. Speakers include the World Bank, IFAP, FAO, CEJA, MIJARC, YPARD and experiences from the field.
    Link Read more
    Link Interviews of the participants
    Link Previous Briefings


  2. Our video guest: Mr. Gérard Onesta
    2010-05-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Our video guest this week is Mr. Gérard Onesta, the Vice-President of the Regional Council of the Region of Midi-Pyrénées. He was also Vice-President of the European Parliament. On the occasion of his participation at the meeting organized by the Forum of Global Associations of Regions (FOGAR) on the 12th May 2010 in Brussels, Mr. Onesta explained to us the role of regions in development cooperation. According to him, regions have a more pragmatical approach than States. Mr. Onesta also presented the structure in which regions from the North are cooperating with regions from the South.
    Link Watch the video
    Link Regions food summit
    Link Regional Council Midi-Pyrénées


  3. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 28th May to 4th June 2010
    2010-05-27

    European Parliament (Brussels):
    - 1st June:  Meeting of the Committee on International Trade and the US Ambassador
    - 1st June:  Inter-parliamentary meeting on the CFP reform
    - 1st-2nd June: Meeting of the Committee on agriculture and rural development
    EU Presidency:
    - 28th May (Toledo): Development Agency Directors Meeting
    - 30th May-1st June (Mérida): Informal Meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers
    - 31tst May (Brussels): Council of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy
    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    - 20th May:  Committee of Ambassadors


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


    Link European Parliament
    Link EU Spanish Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  4. Paris, Berlin signal pause in EU climate efforts
    2010-05-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    France and Germany yesterday joined the growing ranks of European countries opposed to making further unilateral moves on climate change, as the European Commission today plans to make the case for raising the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction goal from -20% to -30% by 2020.Speaking at a joint press conference in Brussels on Tuesday (25 May), French industry minister Christian Estrosi and his German colleague Rainer Brüderle said other nations would have to make similar commitments before Europe makes the move."We have taken an ambitious commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020," Estrosi explained, adding that Paris and Berlin would back a move to -30% only if other nations made "comparable commitments". "The conditional offer [to -30%] remains" but "we do not know the offers of other countries," he said, without citing China or the United States.The common declaration by France and Germany signals a hardening of Europe’s policy on climate change, six months after the failure of UN climate talks in Copenhagen. It also deals a blow to Connie Hedegaard, the EU’s climate action Commissioner, who is expected to recommend today (26 May) that Europe raises its greenhouse gas reduction target from -20% to -30% by 2020. Estrosi said industries would move their factories and jobs abroad if Europe made the move unilaterally. "The climate will lose out, industries will lose out and employment policies will lose out," he warned.Ultimately, he stressed that such a decision would rest on EU heads of states and governments, not on the European Commission.


    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Analysis of options to move beyond 20%
    Link Building a post-2012 global climate regime


  5. EU agriculture employs fewer workers
    2010-05-26

    New statistics show that employment in the agricultural sector has fallen by 25% since 2000, with drops ranging from 2.6% fewer jobs in Greece to 55% fewer in Estonia.  The highest job losses were reported in the new member states, where employment fell by an average of 31.3% etween 2000 and 2009. The 'old' member states of the EU-1f fared somewhat better, recording an average decrease in labour input of 16.7%. Portugal and Poland are the exceptions to this rule, recording decreases of 31.6% and 11.3% respectively. Despite the steep falls recorded in the new member states, agricultural labour input in these countries still accounts for just over half (51.7%) of the EU-27 total. Expressed in numbers, the EU-27 average of 25% represents a loss of 3.7 million full-time jobs, from 14.9 million in 2000 to 11.2 million in 2009. But as many farmers and farm workers are only seasonally employed, the number of people working in agriculture has not dropped as much, Eurostat notes.Between 2000 and 2009, real agricultural income per worker in the EU-27 increased by an average of 5%, but national figures ranged from a 140% increase in Latvia to a 28% fall in the Netherlands.

    Source:Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link DG agriculture and rural development
    Link Europe2020


  6. Ashton to give EU leaders ‘written reassurance’ on EEAS
    2010-05-26

    A third of the diplomats who will staff the future European External Action Service (EEAS) will come from the EU's member states by 2013, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Šefčovič, who is in charge of administration and human resources at the EU executive, said EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton would have no problem putting down such commitments on paper. By 2013, at least one third of diplomats in the EEAS will be officials who come from EU member states, he said, citing pledges made by Ashton at the last meeting of EU foreign ministers on 26 April.
    "I think we will see the blueprint of this proposal from her very soon," said Šefčovič. But he insisted that his own duties would be limited to negotiations with the EU Council of Ministers and trade unions over changes to be made to the EU's Staff Regulation.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU external action
    Link Catherine Ashton's website


  7. KOPIN launches Newsletter
    2010-05-26

    The Maltese NGDO KOPIN active in the fields of international development cooperation and global education has issued a newsletter under the framework of its project “Raising Awareness for Development Cooperation (RADC)". RADC is one of KOPIN's project's which is currently being implemented with the financial contribution of EuropeAid and led by the Cypriot NGDO CARDET (http://www.cardet.org/). In Malta, this international project is being implemented by KOPIN and the Centre for Environmental Education and Research (CEER), University of Malta. The newsletter will be published every four months and will contain information relating to international development cooperation and global education. It will also contain information on volunteer issues relating to development work as the implementing organisations regard volunteer work as: (a) a more experiential way of building public support for the MDG agenda and the fight against world poverty; and (b) a way of bringing universities and NGDOs ever closer together.

    Source: CARDET


    Link Read more
    Link EuropeAid
    Link kopin


  8. CARITAS Europa paper: The European Union can make MDGs possible
    2010-05-26

    This paper from Caritas Europa starts with a description of Caritas identity and vision of poverty and development fromthe perspective of the Catholic Social Teaching and the relevance of the MDGs in this respect. Then, we present Caritas’ views on today’s global context and the present challenges that need to be taken into consideration to achieve the MDGs by 2015. The paper moves on to reviewing briefly several MDGs, which correspond to areas in which Caritas works, ranging from hunger and HIVAIDS to climate change. It explainw the catholic foundation of the Caritas action and provide examples of concrete projects supported by European Caritas organisations. On this basis, it proposes policy recommendations to EU policy-makers and programme managers for improving the situation. Finally, the paper closes with additional policy recommendations to EU actors on the roleof the EU in the MDG+10 review process and general EU development policy.

    Source: CARITAS Europa


    Link Read more
    Link Caritas Europa
    Link Millennium Development Goals


  9. Polish government cuts ODA to Africa
    2010-05-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The Institute of Global Responsibility (IGO) has issued a press release on the results of the 2010 Call for Proposals by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs which addresses the cut of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for NGOs working in the partner countries of Africa. “It’s a shame that Polish development organizations will have even less capacities for challenging the most burning development problems in Africa than they had a year ago”, IGO representatives have alarmed. According to the Call results published on February 24th only 2 million PLN to be granted for the Polish NGOs working in Africa, that is 150 per cent less than in 2009. Whereas the Polish government has cut aid for Africa, the overall volume of ODA available for NGOs working in other countries - mostly Eastern Europe - has increased. In 2010 there will be a lot of projects implemented by Polish ministries, authorities and local governments, which – according to IGO – may not be the best choice of development actors with respect to the reality of development cooperation in Poland. In sum, in 2010 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted less money to NGOs than a year ago (drop from 18 million PLN in 2009 to 15 million PLN 2010). According to IGO this will have a negative effect on the development of capacities of Polish NGDOs and the quality of their project work.

    Source: Trialog information service


    Link Read more
    Link Institute of Global Responsibility‭ (‬IGO‭)‬
    Link DCD-DAC


  10. EU: Copa-Cogeca - Maintaining direct aid essential
    2010-05-26

    Leaders of European agricultural and cooperative organisations (Copa and Cogeca) adopted a position, on 4 May, in favour of a “strong post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)” which, according to them, “will be more essential than ever”. “Few priorities can be more important for European citizens than the security, safety and stability of the provision of foodstuffs produced in a sustainable manner,” said Padraig Walshe, Copa president. Agricultural leaders say they are strongly opposed to any renationalisation of the CAP and any additional co-financing which, they specify, “would lead to distortions of competition and would risk undermining the single market”. They declare themselves in favour of maintaining direct aid while remaining very vague on the thorny issue of its future allocation between and within member states. In particular, they demand the abolition of modulation (the transfer of part of this payment to rural development) and the maintenance of the possibility for member states to transfer part of this payment to help vulnerable sectors or regions, but in limited proportions in order to avoid distortions of competition. It is also necessary, they consider, to guarantee that it is active farmers who benefit from this direct aid and not landowners who do not undertake agricultural activity. They underline that this direct aid, which on average represents two-thirds of producer income, allows farmers to provide a range of public benefits in the framework of their activity, which are appreciated by society and not paid by the market. Particular reference is made to employment and the economic viability of rural areas, the maintenance of attractive and diversified rural landscapes, food security and sustainable production respecting the highest standards in the world.

    Source: Fresh Plaza


    Link Read more
    Link COPA-COGECA
    Link The common agricultural policy after 2013


  11. 'Make development policy more effective' - Franziska Keller
    2010-05-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Ensuring that the European Union doesn't take back (through trade rules or agricultural levies) what it donates in aid is the main aim behind a recent report by Franziska Keller. We spoke to the German Green MEP about her report which was endorsed by fellow MEPs on 18 May. It envisages greater coordination between Parliamentary Committees and a special spokesperson on development coherence. We want to make development policy more effective. Currently, for instance, we give money to support fish farms and small fishermen in developing countries so they can buy new boats or establish better fish processing facilities. At the same time we have a fisheries policy which allows large EU fishing boats off the West African coast to empty the fishing grounds. This means that there are no fish left for the local fishermen so there is little point in putting money into the development of local fisheries. Or, for example, we give money to develop local agriculture, so the farmers in developing countries can cultivate tomatoes. At the same time we subsidise our own agricultural products, which are then exported cheaply, destroying the local market because local farmers simply can not compete with our cheap prices. This is a problem and we wanted to underline it once more in the report. We have given examples of what is going wrong and what we can do about it. It's not about bad intentions, we lack mechanisms to check these things, and we have no prior impact assessment for the developing countries.

    Source: European parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Keller report
    Link Franziska Keller MEP


  12. EU sugar companies big winners from CAP subsidies
    2010-05-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    Sugar companies were among the largest beneficiaries last year of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy payments, according to statistics made public Saturday by most EU member countries.  "Each year there are special payments. For the 2009-2009 period the sugar sector benefited from the aid for exporting", the European Commission spokesman for Agriculture, Roger Waite, said. In France, in the year between October 2008 and 2009, three sugar companies received the top subsidies: Tereos (117.9 million euros/156.8 million dollars), Saint Louis Sucre (143.7 million euros) and Cristal Union (57.2 million euros). In Spain a sugar company also occupied first place, with Azucarera Ebro receiving 119.4 million euros. The world's leading sugar company Sudzucker came second in Germany's list with its 42.9 million euro subsidy, behind the dairy company Nordmilch (51,1 million euros). The CAP aid for exports allows European exporters to remain competitive by compensating for the EU's higher prices compared with world markets. It is the second year running that EU countries have had to publish by April 30 the full list of beneficiaries of CAP payments, with the aim of using the information to debate the future of the policy. France and Britain, which has delayed the publication of its list until after the country's general election on May 6, are the two main protagonists in the hotly debated reform of the CAP. Britain wants to put an end to direct subsidies, while France is fighting to retain them.

    Source: EUbusiness


    Link Read more
    Link Agriculture and rural developpement
    Link The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)


  13. Germany Announces 10 Million Euro Contribution to Adaptation Fund
    2010-05-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The Government of Germany has announced it will contribute 10 million Euros to the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund to support adaptation measures in developing countries that are particularly affected by climate change. The announcement was made by Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which took place from 2-4 May 2010, in Petersberg, Germany, and brought together ministers responsible for climate protection from 43 countries. The Adaptation Fund is a self-standing fund established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which gets its funding from a two percent share of proceeds of all Certified Emission Reductions issued under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism projects and other sources of funding. The Fund is designed to finance concrete climate change adaptation projects and programs based on the needs and priorities of developing countries.
    Source: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, nature conservation, and nuclear  safety


    Link Read more
    Link Kyoto Protocol
    Link Adaptation Fund


  14. Somalia and Piracy
    2010-05-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 discussed the situation in Somalia, focusing on piracy and the issue of the prosecution of suspected pirates captured by ships taking part in Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. The High Representative briefed ministers on ongoing contacts with the Kenyan authorities. She indicated that she would be visiting the region shortly, beginning with Kenya. The EU has concluded transfer agreements with Kenya and the Seychelles. Agreements with other countries in the region are under discussion. The EU is committed to a regional approach, based on regional ownership and EU support for the countries in the region in their efforts to ensure the prosecution and detention of suspected pirates. EUNAVFOR Somalia - Operation ATALANTA was launched in December 2008 to contribute to the protection of World Food Programme vessels delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia, to the protection of vulnerable vessels sailing in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia and to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery. As part of its efforts to support stability and security in Somalia, the EU just launched a training mission (EUTM) in Uganda to train Somali troops.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link More on EUTM
    Link EU relations with Somalia


  15. Council agrees on stricter rules for animal experimentation
    2010-05-24

    The Council agreed on a draft directive for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, aimed at strengthening the protection of animals whilst allowing research to continue playing a key role in the fight against diseases. Under the new provisions member states will be required to ensure that: experiments with animals are replaced, wherever possible, by an alternative method which is scientifically satisfactory; the number of animals used in projects is reduced to a minimum without compromising the quality of results; the degree of pain and suffering caused to animals is limited to the minimum. The use of non-human primates for scientific purposes will be subject to tight restrictions. Experiments with great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans will be prohibited; a member state may however allow exceptionally the use of great apes if it has justifiable reasons for believing that it is essential for the survival of the species itself or because of an unexpected outbreak of a life-threatening or debilitating disease in human beings. The Council's decision completes a partial agreement reached by the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 14-16 December 2009 and reflects a provisional agreement reached in an informal trialogue on 7 April 2010 with the European Parliament. The decision will be formally adopted at a forthcoming Council meeting, after finalisation of the text, and forwarded to the European Parliament for its second reading.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Animal protection at EU level


  16. Council conclusions: The role of the EU in global health
    2010-05-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    As part of its preparation for the UN summit to review MDGs in September 2010, the 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 adopted conclusions on the EU's role in global health, set out in document 9505/10. The Council welcomes the Commission Communication on the EU Role in Global Health which highlights the need to take action to improve health, reduce inequalities and increase protection against global health threats. Health is central in people's lives, including as a human right, and a key element for equitable and sustainable growth and development, including poverty reduction. The EU has a central role to play in accelerating progress on global health challenges, including the health MDGs and non-communicable diseases, through its commitment to protect and promote the right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. The Council emphasises the common agreed EU values of solidarity towards equitable and universal coverage of quality health services as a basis for the EU policies in this area. In order to effectively support comprehensive health systems, attention must be given to the mobilization of developing countries' domestic resources, in particular through enhanced tax governance and adequate and efficient national budget allocation to health. The EU should support countries to put in place fair financing health schemes within social health protection models and mechanisms which pool resources, avoid direct payments at the point of service delivery, particularly for vulnerable groups, such as children and pregnant women, and aim at achieving universal and equitable coverage of essential health services.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EU Role in Global Health Consultation
    Link MDGs Summit


  17. Council conclusions: EPA development programme
    2010-05-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    The Council adopted conclusions on the EPA development programme for the West African region. In the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and of its partnership with the African Union, the European Union emphasises in particular regional integration as being instrumental in securing peace, stability and sustainable development. It thus welcomes the efforts which West African countries and regional institutions have made to further strengthen their regional integration. The EU believes that stepping up the process of integration in West Africa should involve the integration of regional markets, going hand-in-hand with gradually opening up domestic markets to the rest of the region and the wider world. It welcomes the region's commitment to
    negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, which was restated at the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government summit of February 2010. The EU strives for a timely conclusion of the EPA negotiations in 2010. The EU accordingly welcomes West African efforts to identify development aid needs in these areas and to organise them within the EPA Development Programme (PAPED). It believes the PAPED will provide a useful response to the challenges of regional integration and implementation of the EPA and help the region to derive full benefit from the opportunities provided by the EPA, notably in terms of supply response to the improved access to the European markets.

    Source: Council of the European Union

    Link Read more
    Link Read more (2)
    Link Joint Africa-EU Strategy


  18. Council conclusions: EU action in the area of commodities
    2010-05-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    The 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 adopted conclusions on EU actions in the area of commodities, as set out in document light of the above and bearing in mind the need to ensure supply security, the EU will enhance its comprehensive approach on commodities policy, while maintaining its focus on sustainability and commodity dependence. This will be done by promoting a balanced approach among the three pillars of sustainable development (economic, environmental and social) and working towards further reducing the commodity dependence of developing countries, especially those least developed. The EU will therefore support commodity-related initiatives aimed at fostering the organization of commodity sectors; identifying measures to manage the effects of price volatility; promoting the well-functioning of commodity markets through better market information, transparency and competition; promoting corporate social responsibility and supporting the commodities value chain in all relevant development programmes and strategies in a sustainable manner. The EU underscores the key role of international commodity agreements and International Commodity Bodies (ICBs) as suitable platforms for the sustainable development of the different commodity sectors

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link More on ICBs


  19. Mauritania links up to submarine Europe—Africa cable
    2010-05-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    Following 14 other African countries, Mauritania is since Wednesday 7 April 2010 connected to the submarine optical fibre cable between Europe and Africa, according to the Mauritanian Information Agency (AMI), quoting the Minister for Vocational Training and New Technology, Mohamed Ould Khouna. Far from merely following a trend, the new connection is expected to open up Mauritanian telecommunications, leading to possible cost reductions, better access to high-speed Internet and improved competitiveness.

    Source: webmanagercenter.com


    Link Read more
    Link EU delegation in Mauritania
    Link Mauritanian development gateway


  20. Dispute on trade in bananas
    2010-05-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 adopted a decision on the signing and provisional application of the two following agreements on trade in bananas:
    – a Geneva agreement on trade in bananas between the EU and the Latin American most favoured nations (MFN) banana suppliers (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela) and
    – an agreement on trade in bananas between the European Union and the USA.
    The Geneva agreement provides for tariff cuts on EU banana imports and allows the formal settlement of the pending disputes with the Latin American MFN banana suppliers. It also ensures that the EU final market access commitments for bananas in the next WTO multilateral market access negotiations for agricultural products do not exceed those provided for in the agreements concerning the tariff treatment of bananas. The agreement between the EU and the United States provides for the settlement of their banana dispute.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Banana dispute
    Link Trade on banana


  21. Gender equality and development
    2010-05-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    At the 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010, Ministers debated gender equality and development over dinner, with a view to identifying how the EU can best use its policy instruments to promote women's rights. Equality between women and men and the promotion of women's rights are not only part of the MDGs but are also a fundamental value and principle of the EU. Despite substantial progress over the past few decades, women and girls still constitute the large majority of the world's poorest. They are under-represented in governments and decision-making bodies, have fewer opportunities within the labour and financial markets and are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link UNIFEM
    Link Gender equality and EU


  22. Millennium development goals
    2010-05-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 held a policy debate to prepare the EU position for the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) review summit, which will take place in New York in September. The purpose of the discussion was to identify key messages for conclusions to be adopted at the June Foreign Affairs Council. These conclusions will contain the EU's position and political messages for the UN event in New York. The MDGs constitute the first ever set of shared development goals at international level. World leaders agreed in 2000 to take decisive action to combat world poverty in its different dimensions by 2015, using time-bound and measurable targets. With only five years remaining before the agreed 2015 deadline, they will gather in New York in September for the UN MDG review high level plenary meeting.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link MDGs
    Link EU'contribution to MDGs


  23. EU gives Rwanda 73.8 mln euro for roads, governance
    2010-05-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The European Union gave Rwanda a 73.8 million euro grant on Monday (10th May) for rural development, road building and governance programs in the tiny central African country. Half the funds will be channeled through sector budget support, the EU said. Landlocked Rwanda is frequently praised by donors for its efficient and transparent use of aid, which have helped the country achieve an average 8 percent economic growth in the last decade."These are key sectors of development, poverty reduction and consolidation of democracy," EU ambassador Michel Arrion said in a statement. The EU said 32 million euro will be used to improve the main trunk route to Uganda. Another 12 million euro aims to improve justice, law and order and reconciliation in the tiny nation of 10 million, whose institutions were completely destroyed during a genocide 16 years ago.Three months before a presidential poll, 5.3 million euro will help boost the capacity of the National Electoral Commission.The remaining 20 million euros and 4.5 million euro will help improve food security and soil conservation, the EU said.

    Source: Africagoodnews.com


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


  24. 'Made in' labels could become compulsory for clothes
    2010-05-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Country of origin labels should become compulsory for clothes sold in Europe so that consumers are not misled by labels suggesting they were made in an EU Member State, said the European Parliament on Tuesday when it approved an update of the EU clothes labelling scheme. The only way to ensure that consumers are not deceived by labels implying clothes were made in the EU when they were in fact made in a third country is to make "made in" labels mandatory, MEPs decided. "Made in" labels are currently voluntary in the EU but in practice their use depends on national laws. In comparison, country of origin labelling is strictly regulated in, for example, the USA, Canada and Japan. Current EU legislation on textile labelling applies only to the harmonisation of textile fibre names - there are currently 48 fibres (18 natural and 30 synthetic) sold on the single market - and the labelling of the fibre composition of textile products. Although Parliament was initially asked to vote only on a technical proposal by the Commission (aiming at cutting the time taken to place new fibres on the market), MEPs turned this into a more political proposal, to make country of origin labelling mandatory in the new regulation.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Textiles and clothing industry
    Link Textiles WTO


  25. Improved health services for sub-Saharan Africa
    2010-05-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    People living in sub-Saharan Africa continue to feel the pressure of increasing poverty and morbidity (incidence of specific diseases). Adolescents in particular are at risk of reproductive health problems, and now a new EU-funded project is set to address this problem by investigating the effectiveness of existing programmes and identifying the structural drivers that restrict access to adolescent reproductive health (ARH) services in Niger and Tanzania. The INTHEC project (Health, education and community integration: evidence based strategies to increase equity, integration and effectiveness of reproductive health services for poor communities in sub-Saharan Africa) has received EUR 2.75 million in funding under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project, launched in March 2010 and scheduled to end in February 2014, will be instrumental in addressing the cultural barriers that currently limit access to or curb the effectiveness of ARH services found in partner countries today. Led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in the UK, the INTHEC consortium comprises experts from the fields of reproductive health research and interventional implementation, as well as leaders in governance and policymaking in Belgium, Niger and Tanzania. INTHEC partners will develop and evaluate interventions for use in communities, schools and workshops. They will, for example, forge stronger ties between the communities and health units, and work to make local ARH services more effective.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link INTHEC
    Link Médecine tropicale Liverpool


  26. MEPs review biocidal products directive
    2010-05-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    MEPs Jean Gaubert (PS) and Robert Lecour (UMP) presented a report on 5 May 2010 on the proposed European Commission regulation on biocidal products. Introduced by Brussels in 2009, the Directive aims to review the procedures for placing a biocidal product on the market.The two MEPs give a mixed response to this new European bill that is currently before both the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. In comparison with previous legislation from 1998, they admit that the future regulations include “several improvements”, in particular, better harmonization, note the authors. Because the bill has changed from a Directive to a Regulation, it will be applied directly by Member States rather than being transposed nationally, as was the case with the 1998 Directive. In addition, the MEPs note with satisfaction that the ban on unauthorized biocidal products covers not only their use in Europe, but also articles imported from outside the EU that have been treated with a biocidal product. Under current legislation, it is possible for articles imported from outside the EU to have been treated with biocidal products that are banned in Europe. The authors of the report also approve of the exclusion of certain, especially dangerous, substances, as well as the introduction of the principle of substitution for authorized substances that still give rise to concern.However, Messrs Gaubert and Lecour take a more critical position on the costs involved in the new European regulations if the bill is adopted in its current state. “When you look at the practical implications, while recognizing the need to protect human health and the environment, you realize that the conditions will lead to unacceptably high costs for SMEs,” remarked Jean Gaubert, before the Commission of European Affairs.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Directive Biocidal Product
    Link DG Agriculture


  27. UK minister sees EU allies in CAP reform debate
    2010-05-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    The European Union's economic crisis will create allies for a British government seeking to streamline the bloc's farm policy in upcoming reform talks, the new UK agriculture minister said on Monday (17 May).
    The economic situation means that reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must focus on prioritising limited resources, said Conservative minister Caroline Spelman, the first member of Britain's new coalition government to visit Brussels."EU finance ministers are having to look hard at available resources, and they together with agriculture ministers will have to manage the reform," said Spelman.
    "I expect quite a lot of allies in looking closely at whether taxpayers are getting value for money. Circumstances will bring allies to our side," she said. Britain has long called for a cut in EU farm spending to free up funds for priorities such as competitiveness, but faces opposition from France, which has pledged to defend the CAP from deep budget cuts.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Public debate on future of CAP
    Link The CAP after 2013


  28. Pilot version of European Atlas of the Seas
    2010-05-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Commission today launched a pilot version of a new European Atlas of the Seas – a dynamic online atlas where users will be able to learn more about Europe's seas, its maritime sectors, the interaction between them and the maritime policy which brings them all together. By presenting the European Union's maritime heritage to the public in a practical and informative way, the atlas is seeking to bring fisheries and maritime policies to a wider audience. It offers detailed information on a vast array of maritime subjects and areas, such as: the volume of passengers and cargo carried to and from various destinations, the areas most affected by coastal erosion, or which Member States fish for a certain species in which sea basin. Information on sea depths and undersea relief names, rivers and their drainage basins, tide amplitude, sea level rise, marine protected areas and many other things are also to be found. The atlas, which will be available in English, French and German, was one of the actions outlined by the Commission when it launched an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union in 2007. This pilot edition of the atlas will be further developed, and for this purpose an online survey asks users to give feedback and ideas for improvement. The deadline for feedback is 4 July 2010.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link European Atlas of the Seas
    Link Q&A on Atlas of the Seas


  29. France details plans for 'carbon inclusion mechanism'
    2010-05-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Trade

    A campaign led by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to introduce carbon tariffs at EU borders in order to restore fair competition with freely-polluting industries in China is being revamped in Brussels to allay fears that it might trigger a trade war.The proposed system, called a "carbon inclusion mechanism," would require importers of goods manufactured outside Europe to buy pollution permits from the EU’s emissions trading scheme for carbon dioxide (EU-ETS). French diplomats say the system would only be used as a last resort and should work as a lever to force emerging economies like China, India and Brazil back on the negotiating table after the failure of international climate talks in Copenhagen last year."The mechanism, which responds first and foremost to an environmental objective within the framework of the international negotiation on climate change, would seek only to preserve current competitive conditions" in industries such as steelmaking, reads a briefing note circulated by the French Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link The French Briefing note
    Link DG Environment


  30. Commission seeks to get fisheries management on track in 2011
    2010-05-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Commission published recently its report launching discussions on fishing opportunities in EU waters in 2011. The document sets out how the Commission intends to act on the scientific advice it receives on the state of fish stocks when proposing catch limits and quotas for next year. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki wants to bring EU fishing limits back to sustainable levels in 2011 – in line with the EU's international commitments and recommendations from the authoritative science bodies which advice the Commission.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Fisheries
    Link DG Fisheries



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