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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 252]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 252]
Send date: 2010-12-11 01:23:15
Issue #: 68
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Bulletin CTA
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

Main events in the week
  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 13/12 to 17/12/2010
  2. Our video guest: Mr. Kingsley, PwC
  3. EU-Africa summit urged to put nutrition at core of development
  4. EU has a hidden agenda in EPA, says expert
  5. EU and SADC EPA Group Senior Officials meet in Maputo
  6. LES JED prennent un coup de « jeunes »
  7. Promotion of EU agricultural products outside the EU
  8. EU urged to allow trace GM in food imports
  9. EU urged to 'show leadership' in Cancún climate talks
  10. EU needs to specify the volume of development finance
  11. EAC-EU trade deal risks flopping again over funds dilemma, litigious clause
  12. EU to focus on bilateral deals, Doha, and beyond
  13. EU draws up plans to lure Africa's minerals
  14. Zuma Disappointed At Europe-Africa Partnership
  15. Be Flexible On EPAs
  16. European Union warns on Uganda's future forests
  17. Fishing opportunities for deep-sea stocks for 2011-2012
  18. Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
  19. French presidency of the G20 in the field of agriculture
  20. Private labelling
  21. Partnership agreement - EU and Comoros
  22. EC's statement to the Presidential Elections in Guinea
  23. Strengtehning Food safety systems in ACP
  24. Illegal logging: MEPs give green light for agreements


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week of 13/12 to 17/12/2010
    2010-12-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security

    European Parliament (Strasbourg):
    -13th -16st December: Plenary Session
    -1th- 2th December: Committee on International Trade
    EU Presidency (Brussels):
    -13th December: Foreign Affairs Council
    -13th -14th December: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
    - 16th -17th December: European Council
    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    -13-15 December: First Ministerial Meeting on Mineral Resources

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

     


    Link European Parliament
    Link Belgian EU Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  2. Our video guest: Mr. Kingsley, PwC
    2010-12-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Archive

    Our video guest this week is Mr. Tony Kingsley, the coordinator of international development at Price Waterhouse and Coopers (PwC). We met Mr. Kingsley at the exhibition stand of PwC during the European Development Days 2010 in Brussels . We wanted to know from Mr. Kingsley how a private accountancy firm is getting involved in international development.


    Link Watch the video
    Link PwC International Development


  3. EU-Africa summit urged to put nutrition at core of development
    2010-12-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    A global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has called on the European Union and African leaders to put nutrition at the heart of Africa’s development. The organization said Africa and EU must scale up nutrition investments as part of meeting UN anti-poverty goals."Both the EU and Africa must scale up nutrition investments as part of the development agenda. Malnutrition is costing millions of lives in Africa, in particular women and children. It also prevents millions of people from contributing to the Continent's growth and development," said Jay Naidoo, chair of GAIN Board. In Africa, one in four people suffer (OOTC:WLVTQ) from malnutrition, twenty- five percent of children are undernourished and forty percent are stunted. Fifty-three percent of pregnant women in Africa are anemic. Malnutrition is directly linked to achieving the MDGs, including poverty reduction, child mortality, maternal health, AIDS and many other infectious diseases. It is estimated that countries lose up to 3 percent of GDP due to malnutrition. "We know solutions exist to reduce malnutrition through a number of simple, targeted and cost-effective interventions" added Jay Naidoo. "The critical window of opportunity is the 1,000 days of life, from conception to two-years old. Fortified staples, the promotion of breastfeeding, complementary foods after 6 months of age are some of those interventions available to help break this cycle of malnutrition," Naidoo said. "Innovative partnerships also exist to mobilize the private sector, and we need to develop integrated strategies between nutrition, agriculture, food security and health."

    Source: istockanalyst.com


    Link Read more
    Link 3rd Africa-EU Summit


  4. EU has a hidden agenda in EPA, says expert
    2010-12-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Union (EU) has a hidden agenda in its trade negotiations with the East African Community (EAC), which is not open to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), policy expert has said. Dr Arndt Hopfmann, regional director for Africa at the Berlin-based Centre for International Dialogue and Cooperation, believes that there is some kind of collaboration between some African leaders, negotiators and the EU on the ongoing trade negations referred to as Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). “It is the responsibility of the people to know the details of the agreement, but we are not sure of the content and the exact details. The real wording of the text should be brought to people’s hands,” Hopfmann said during a regional workshop organised by SEATINI Uganda from November 25-26 on positioning EAC regional integration in the context of EPAs. He argued that some of the clauses in the agreement, such as the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clause, will prevent the EAC from entering into mutually beneficial contracts with countries such as China, Brazil, and other emerging nations. “Some of the clauses are designed to prevent growing influence from China, Brazil and other emerging nations,” said Hopfmann. SEATINI Uganda Country Director Jane Nalunga said the EPA should support existing regional integration initiatives in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and should not compromise them. “EPA should first of all aid in consolidating the ACP/EAC markets before promoting commercial integration with the EU,” Nalunga said. With mixed reactions on whether or not to sign an EPA, a cross section of participants resolved that there was need to first strengthen the regional cooperation before signing EPA.

    Source: Trade Law Center for Southern Africa


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Trade
    Link EPA


  5. EU and SADC EPA Group Senior Officials meet in Maputo
    2010-12-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    From 22 to 23 November 2010, EPA Group Senior Officials from the European Union (EU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in Maputo, Mozambique, to hold talks on the economic partnership agreements. Issues tabled for discussion included rules of origin for fisheries, tariffs, unresolved issues in the area of trade in goods, services and investment, geographical indications, and other trade-related issues. The meeting also established the way forward in each of the abovementioned areas with a view to concluding negotiations as soon as possible. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for February 2011 in Lesotho. The SADC EPA Group includes Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. In November 2007, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Mozambique initialled an interim EPA, which was subsequently signed by the same countries except Namibia in June 2009. The Group is now negotiating a comprehensive regional agreement with the EU.

    Source: Trade Law Center for Southern Africa


    Link Read more
    Link ACP EU Trade


  6. LES JED prennent un coup de « jeunes »
    2010-12-08

    Tous les ans depuis 2006, les Journées européennes du développement rassemblent les acteurs mondiaux du développement. Les 6 et 7 décembre, 6 000 personnes se sont ainsi réunies à Bruxelles pour échanger sur la lutte contre la pauvreté. A cette occasion, le Parlement européen a organisé un débat sur les droits des enfants, en présence de la Princesse Mathilde de Belgique, représentante spéciale de l'UNICEF. « Le développement est une obligation pour les peuples d'Europe et des pays peu développés vis-à-vis des générations futures », a expliqué le Président du Parlement, Jerzy Buzek. « Il ne faut pas l'oublier », a-t-il rappelé à l'ouverture de la conférence. Pour sa part, le Président de la Commission José Manuel Barroso a souligné l'importance de modes de financement innovants : « L'Union européenne (UE) doit moderniser sa politique d'aide ».

     

    Les enfants, richesse des pays en développement

    Avec l'entrée en vigueur du traité de Lisbonne, la protection des droits des enfants est devenue l'un des objectifs prioritaires de la politique extérieure de l'UE. « L'UE est écoutée sur la scène internationale. Il vous est possible de faire des enfants une priorité de l'agenda international », a dit la directrice adjointe de l'UNICEF, Hilde Johnson, aux députés européens.

    Source: Parlement européen


    Link En savoir plus
    Link Droits de l'enfant et politique de développement
    Link Les droits de l'enfant dans la politique extérieure de l'UE


  7. Promotion of EU agricultural products outside the EU
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The European Commission has approved measures to provide information on, and to promote agricultural products in third countries. Member States submitted 24 programmes to the Commission to be examined. The 7 programmes that have been accepted are from Greece, Italy, Poland and Portugal. The products covered are PGI and PDO, wine, fruit and vegetables, meat, spirits and olive oil. The EU contribution is € 10.9 million (50% of the total budget of the programmes)."EU promotion schemes are a good way of increasing the visibility of EU products on markets outside the EU and underlining the quality and traditions behind them,” said Dacian Cioloş, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. “As we announced in our recent report on promotion, the current information and promotion policy will be reviewed in parallel with the discussion on the CAP reform after 2013. The promotion instruments should provide EU producers with an effective tool, whilst attempting at the same time to reduce the administrative burden."

    Source: European Comission


    Link Read more
    Link DG for Agriculture and Rural Development


  8. EU urged to allow trace GM in food imports
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    A number of European Union governments urged the bloc's executive to allow tiny traces of genetically modified (GM) material in food imports for human consumption as well as in animal feed, an EU source said. But it is not yet clear whether enough EU governments support the change to force the European Commission to amend its proposal, and a final decision is unlikely before January at the earliest.The Commission has proposed allowing up to 0.1 percent of unapproved GM material in feed imports, provided the GM crop in question has been approved in the exporting country and there is a valid EU testing method for the unapproved variety. EU and national officials met in Brussels late on Monday to discuss the draft plans, which are meant to avoid a repeat of last year's disruption to feed imports, when several U.S. grain shipments were blocked after being found to contain traces of unapproved GM material. A number of member states asked the Commission to include food imports in the proposal, said the source, who was in the meeting and would not specify which countries requested the change.

    Source: greenbio.checkbiotech.org


    Link Read more
    Link Genetically Modified Food


  9. EU urged to 'show leadership' in Cancún climate talks
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Parliament has called on EU leaders to "demonstrate real political leadership" during the UN climate change negotiations in Cancún, Mexico. On Thursday, it adopted a resolution which "deplores the fact that there has not been more progress" in preparing for the climate summit.
    The resolution underlines a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 which is "essential for the future sustainable economic growth of the European economy."French Liberal member Corinne Lepage said, "Parliament has sent a very clear message: Europe must increase its ambition and reduce its emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2020."This is vital to maintain a chance of avoiding disastrous effects resulting from climate change, but it is also in the interest of our economy, as low energy consumption is increasingly becoming a factor of competitiveness."Irish deputy Bairbre de Brún, co-author of the resolution agreed, saying, "Real leadership and political will are needed in Cancún and we must not use the global economic crisis as an excuse for inaction, or for denying climate justice."The resolution calls for substantive steps to be agreed in Cancún, and stresses the historical responsibility borne by developed countries for irreversible climate change as well as their obligation to assist the developing countries and the least-developed countries in adapting to this change."We call on the commission and member states to ensure that climate financing is in addition to fulfilling their targets in providing 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) as official development assistance (ODA)."As for actions that must be taken within the EU, parliament has clearly called today for the EU to adopt a domestic greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 30 per cent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, and for the 20 per cent energy efficiency target to become binding."

    Source: The Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link UN Framework Convention on Climate Change


  10. EU needs to specify the volume of development finance
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    The European Union needs to spell out the sources and the volume of money it is providing for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) development programme, the President of National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS, Ken Ukaoha has said. The African heads of states and governments and the parliaments had unanimously directed that the region may not sign any EPA except the EU commits to finance West Africa’s Development programme to take care of the possible impacts of the agreements on their economies. Speaking in Abuja at a stakeholder’s review of EU-ECOWAS EPA negotiations, the NANTS President said that the clarification became necessary with regards to the difference between 9.5 billion Euro presented by ECOWAS and the 6.5 billion Euro accepted by the EU in the financing. He said that while the EU has eventually accepted to help finance West Africa’s EPA development programme, a considerable number of differences needs to be settled.

    Source: Nigerianbestforum.com


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  11. EAC-EU trade deal risks flopping again over funds dilemma, litigious clause
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The long awaited signing of a trade partnership between East African Community member states and the European Union this month, could flop once again due to a lack of funds to initiate negotiations. Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in charge of the EAC Ministry, David Nalo says that the secretariat lacks funds to convene member states ahead of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations. It is also emerging that EAC members states are unhappy with some clauses of the partnership, which they say will hinder them from freely trading with other partners. A document titled Progress on the EAC-EC-EPA Negotiations, seen by The EastAfrican, indicates that among the contentious issues between the two camps is Article 16 of the framework. Under this clause, the European Commission insists that in the event EAC countries open up more trade under a Free Trade Area with major trading economies, (whom EC defines as countries whose share in total global trade is at least one per cent), same benefits should be passed to the EU. EPAs experts say the article is a hindrance to economic growth because it locks EAC’s trade with other blocs even where terms are more favourable. “The clause robs EAC countries of policy space in return for nothing because EC has already opened up 100 per cent of its economy to EAC countries, save for arms and ammunition,” reads part of the document.

    Source: Bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link EAC-EC EPA Negotiations


  12. EU to focus on bilateral deals, Doha, and beyond
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Commission set out a blueprint for an EU trade strategy that would help boost growth and job creation in Europe.

    The paper does not represent a significant departure from the EU’s four-year-old ‘global Europe’ strategy, which called for free trade agreements (FTAs) with some key trading partners, cooperation to reduce non-tariff barriers with others, efforts to open up public procurement and investment markets, and the enforcement of existing trade commitments, including through the use of trade remedies. Instead, the Commission focuses on how lowering trade barriers could help the Europe recover from the global economic downturn, looking at potential contributions to increased growth, purchasing power, and employment. The report is intended to highlight trade’s role in the EU’s growth strategy for the upcoming decade, dubbed Europe 2020.“Trade is working for Europe’s economic recovery by ensuring growth and jobs”, said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. “A renewed trade strategy will open markets and connect Europe to the main sources and regions of global growth. My aim is to ensure that European business gets a fair deal and that our rights are respected so that all of us can enjoy the benefits of trade.”The Commission says that concluding agreements in the Doha Round negotiations and the ongoing bilateral FTA talks with major trading partners such as India and Mercosur would boost the EU’s GDP by more than 1 percent per year. For other, “strategic,” partners, such as the US, China, Russia, and Japan, it stops short of calling for full-fledged FTAs, but instead calls for joint action to tackle non-tariff barriers. industries. The report estimates that removing only half the non-tariff barriers from trade with the US would boost the EU’s GDP by 0.5 percent. Russia and China are singled out for a cautious approach on the grounds that both countries pursue policies based on “state capitalism.” While the paper stresses that the multilateral talks are the Commissions’ top negotiating priority, it adds that a “Doha agreement will not give answers to the newer questions that global trade rules ought to take care of,” and pledges to set up a “group of eminent people” to “start reflecting on the next steps after Doha.”

    Source: Bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link Doha Round


  13. EU draws up plans to lure Africa's minerals
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Commission is preparing plans that would see European firms build infrastructure in metal-rich African nations in exchange for access to key raw materials there, marking the EU's latest effort to counter China's dominance on the continent. The draft strategy, seen by EurActiv, underlines that the EU could get involved in directly funding infrastructure-building in Africa."The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB), in co-operation with African countries, could assess the potential of promoting the most appropriate infrastructure that can contribute to the development of these countries and facilitate raw materials supply," reads the paper.This new approach is not meant to replicate the Chinese strategy, which has often been criticised in Europe for neglecting environmental and human rights concerns."Our approach would combine the Chinese focus on infrastructure with our traditional aid policy linked to governance developments," an official close to Tajani told EurActiv. Better governance in African countries is considered "essential for harnessing the benefits of mining, for both investors and civil society," underlines the draft paper.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Non-energy raw materials
    Link List of 14 critical raw materials


  14. Zuma Disappointed At Europe-Africa Partnership
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness, Environment

    President Jacob Zuma says the economic partnership that Africa entered with Europe 10 years ago has not produced the intended results for both regions."We are concerned that after ten years of this partnership we have very little to show in terms of tangible implementation of the undertaking we made in both Cairo and Lisbon," he said at 3rd Africa-European Union Summit in Tripoli.  He cautioned the summit against committing on another Action Plan when commitments made in the past in this partnership have not been implemented.The slow pace of rural infrastructure development in Africa also hampered the marketing and movement of agriculture products from one region to another. "Africa faces unique challenges with regard to agriculture and food security. These range from low productivity and poor infrastructure, to weak market access as well as weak institutions and policies."Nearly all of Africa's farming systems were dependent on rain-fed agriculture, and this makes our agricultural productivity entirely dependent on the environment and vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

    Source: Allafrica


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with South Africa


  15. Be Flexible On EPAs
    2010-12-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Prime Minister Bernard Makuza, has urged the European Commission to accelerate the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and come up with a conclusion as soon as possible.The Premier, made the call during the 2010 Africa-European Union Summit, that kicked off yesterday in Tripoli."African countries have been involved in the negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Commission for almost a decade," Makuza said."These negotiations have borne great cost in terms of time and resources to both the African countries and the European Commission."The Prime Minister pointed out that despite the importance of the EPAs and the commitment of African countries, no African country has been able to conclude and sign a comprehensive EPA with the European Commission."The problem lies in the failure to resolve some of the contentious issues in the EPA negotiations, including development dimension, definition of 'substantially all trade and transitional period thresholds', export taxes, quantitative restrictions, increase on tariffs, MFN Clause, and Non Execution Clause," the Premier told the Summit.

    Source: Allafrica


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with Rwanda


  16. European Union warns on Uganda's future forests
    2010-12-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development

    Uganda's forest resources are under tremendous pressure from a growing population and economy, the European Union (EU) has warned. Bernard Crabbe, the head of the rural development section of the EU delegation in Uganda, said the Food and Agricultural Organisation estimates that the current rate of deforestation in the country stands at 92,000 hectares per year. "Many forests are severely degraded. If the trend persists, the new generations will not have the chance to appreciate the significance of Uganda's primary forests and their amazing biodiversity," Crabbe said. Uganda's forest cover is estimated at 21%, while the population is said to be over 30 million. Initially, he said, the EU supported the National Forestry Authority to set up demonstration plantations: "Together with the Government, we realised that promoting commercial forestry was vital to reduce the pressure on natural resources and to meet the growing demand for wood products." Started in 2004, Sawlog Production Grant Scheme is a joint initiative between the Government, EU and the Norwegian government aimed at encouraging private sector involvement in commercial timber production.
    The scheme provides grants and technical support to investors in timber and certain crops.

    Source: Allafrica


    Link Read more
    Link EU relations with Uganda


  17. Fishing opportunities for deep-sea stocks for 2011-2012
    2010-12-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The 3050th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 29 November 2010 reached a unanimous political agreement on fishing opportunities for certain deepsea stocks for 2011 and 2012 on the basis of a Presidency compromise, drawn up in agreement with the Commission, concerning a draft regulation fixing the 2011 and 2012 TACs and quotas for certain stocks of deep water fish1 such as certain deep water sharks, the black scabbardfish (Aphanopus carbo), roundnose grenadier (Coryphaenoides rupestris), alfonsinos (Beryx spp.) and forkbeards (Phycis blennoides). The Council will adopt this Regulation, following finalisation by the legal/linguistic experts, at one of its forthcoming meetings.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Maritime Affairs


  18. Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
    2010-12-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Environment

    At the 3050th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 29 November 2010, the Netherlands delegation briefed the ministers on the conclusions of the Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate change which took place in the Hague from 30 October to 5 November 2010. This conference aimed to develop a roadmap, with concrete actions linking agriculture-related investments, policies, and measures with the transition to lower carbonemitting, climate resilient growth. 80 countries participated to this conference. A conference on the same subject will be organised in two years in Vietnam to assess the implementation of the roadmap.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Climate change


  19. French presidency of the G20 in the field of agriculture
    2010-12-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    At the 3050th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 29 November 2010, the French delegation briefed the Council about its intention to place the issue of the volatility of agricultural markets on the agenda for its G20 Presidency. This schedule is in line with the G20 recommendations in 2009 for tackling the excessive volatility in the price of commodities, including agricultural commodities. The conclusions of G20 in November 2010 identified food security as one of the major development challenges. A meeting of the G20 agriculture ministers is scheduled in 2011.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Agricultural commodities


  20. Private labelling
    2010-12-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    At the  3050th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 29 November 2010, the Italian delegation briefed the ministers about the current draft project on food labelling which could hamper food producers to add a specific company marking on products displayed in supermarkets.

     Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Food Labelling


  21. Partnership agreement - EU and Comoros
    2010-12-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The 3050th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 29 November 2010 adopted a decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, and on the provisional application of the protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Partnership Agreement in the fisheries sector between the European Community and the Union of the Comoros. The partnership agreement in the fisheries sector between the European Community and the Union of the Comoros concluded in 2006 is to expire on 31 December 2010. In order for EU vessels to pursue fishing activities in this region, the new protocol should be signed and applied provisionally, pending the completion of the procedures for its conclusion.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with Comoros


  22. EC's statement to the Presidential Elections in Guinea
    2010-12-07

    We welcome the announcement by the Supreme Court of the final results of the second round of presidential elections in Guinea held on 7 November 2010. The peaceful completion of the second round of presidential elections confirms Guinea's progress towards democratisation and the rule of law. We congratulate the work of all those who have contributed to this peaceful outcome, especially the two candidates, for their respect of republican institutions and for their reciprocal messages of openness and calls of appeasement towards their supporters. We congratulate once again the Guinean citizens for their civic behaviour during this historical process. This will also have beneficial effects on the stability of the West Africa region. We encourage the new President Alpha Condé to seek inclusive solutions in Guinea's recovery so as to strengthen the democratic gains Guinea has obtained. The timely organisation of legislative and local elections is another stepping stone for Guinea's recovery and development in line with the engagements taken in the consultations with the EU. The EU remains ready to support the new authorities in their work towards Guinea's further democratisation and development.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with Guinea


  23. Strengtehning Food safety systems in ACP
    2010-12-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    EDES is a EU-ACP programme funded to the tune of 29,5m € under the 9th EDF within a global framework of support to poverty reduction through economic empowerment.
    Its implementation over a 2010-2014 period has been entrusted to a consortium of European food safety agencies led by the COLEACP.  Located in Brussels alongside the PIP which is also implemented by the COLEACP, EDES aims at building on the experience of the PIP in ACP horticulture and, on others in the SPS domain, to support activities leading to the strengthening of food safety systems throughout the ACP countries.Exports of food products are of increasing importance for a number of ACP countries. Many have long standing trade links with Europe and are signatories of the Cotonou Agreement. EU regulations on food safety have undergone important changes in recent years following in particular the coming into force of EC Regulation 882/2004. It requires from third countries sanitary and phytosanitary control systems that are équivalent to European standards. The EDES Programme has been designed to assist ACP countries in adjusting to this and strengthening their national SPS systems so as to ensure and enlarge access into the EU of their products, while participating at large into regional and international food trade. Thus, EDES contributes to poverty alleviation. The support of EDES to small producer organizations actively engaged in export sectors aims at mainstreaming them by building their capacity at producing safe food for local, regional or international consumers.

    Source: COLEACP


    Link Read more
    Link Leaflet


  24. Illegal logging: MEPs give green light for agreements
    2010-12-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Trade

    In a bid to fight the trade in illegally-harvested timber, the EP International Trade Committee gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the Commission to conclude voluntary partnership agreements with Congo and Cameroon aimed at stopping illegal logging, which is said to be the main cause of deforestation in the world. Voluntary partnership agreements between the EU and wood exporting countries are the cornerstone of the EU 2003 Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). They seek to combat the bad governance practices and corruption from which the illegal trade stems and also provide for import controls at EU borders. In two reports drafted by Yannick Jadot (Greens/EFA, FR), MEPs nevertheless voiced reservations about the implementation of the accords, and made suggestions about deforestation, environmental protection and the need for more technical and financial resources.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Committee on International Trade



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