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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 277]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 277]
Send date: 2011-06-17 17:38:51
Issue #: 93
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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week
  1. Brussels Briefing: Addressing ACP nutrition security: the key role of Agriculture
  2. Main events for the week from 20/06 au 24/06/2011
  3. Our video guest: David Nabarro, UN Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition
  4. Renewal of fisheries agreement protocol EU-Guinea Bissau
  5. Ashton rejects criticism of Fiji staffing
  6. The pilot European Volunteers Corps is launched
  7. Maritime sectors: more women joining the ranks
  8. Doha: An opportunity to find a solution to cotton subsidies problem
  9. ACP countries urge EU to extend Sugar Protocol to 2020
  10. Breakthrough in food labelling negotiations
  11. New report examines how to better manage food price volatility
  12. Improving the EU's energy efficiency
  13. Vaccine summit saves four million lives in four hours
  14. World Day against Child Labour
  15. European Parliament: More international responsibility in CAP reform!
  16. Latin airlines: EU emissions scheme illegal
  17. Key committee pushes forward trade pact with Europe
  18. European Commission closes bluefin tuna fishery to Spain’s large trawlers
  19. Trade policy has become a fundamental development tool


  1. Brussels Briefing: Addressing ACP nutrition security: the key role of Agriculture
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Archive

    The Brussels Briefing on “Nutrition security in ACP countries: the key role of agriculture”, organised by the Technical Centre on Agricultural and Rural Development (CTA), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the European Commission (DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and other partners discussed the need to link nutrition security to agriculture. The briefing assembled around 200 policy experts and stakeholders to talk about the problem of malnutrition and the actions to be taken. Participants represented a range of actors from embassies, international organizations, civil society and the Brussels development community at large. Dr. José Graziano da Silva, former Brazilian minister for food security and current candidate for the post of the FAO general director, presented the very successful Brazilian government programme “Zero Hunger” which lifted 24 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty and reduced undernourishment in Brazil by 25%. The programme, based on three main pillars - food aid for families, loans for smallholder farmers and land and structural reform at government level – shows how political will can make a difference.  In that context Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions have given a high importance to nutrition in the political agenda in the recent years. Other issues discussed include linking nutrition to value chains and providing incentives to traders to focus on crops with a higher nutritional value, mobilising investments in agriculture, especially in Africa and bringing the research to the most vulnerable, such as biofortified food. A special attention, speakers highlighted, should be given to women who are key players in food systems and produce in some countries up to 70 percent of the food that their households consume and sell. A number of studies have found that children’s nutrition is higher when women have more control over household resources.  Small-scale farmers also have a key role to play to grow nutritious food, speakers agreed. To be adequately nourished, individuals need to have access to sufficient and good quality food. Capacity building in nutrition education is therefore essential to strengthen national, provincial and local institutions’ abilities to provide simple training on basic topics related to food and nutrition in vulnerable communities. The presentations were followed by very lively questions from the floor.


    Link Read more
    Link Dr José Graziano da Silva
    Link Photos of the Briefing


  2. Main events for the week from 20/06 au 24/06/2011
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security

    European Parliament
    -20-23 June: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
    -22/23 June:  European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels
    Council of Ministers
    -20 June: Foreign Affairs Council
    -20 June: Economic & Financial Affairs Council
    -21 June: General Affairs Council
    -21 June: Environment Council
    -22 June: Coreper I
    European Council

    -23/24 June: European Council
    ACP Secretariat
    -22 June: Committee of Ambassadors


    Link European Parliament
    Link Council of Ministers
    Link ACP Group of States


  3. Our video guest: David Nabarro, UN Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness, Food Security, Archive

    David Nabarro is the UN Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition. He gave an interview to CTA in the margin of the Food for everyone conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committee.


    Link Watch the video
    Link David Nabarro's Website
    Link EESC: Food for everyone


  4. Renewal of fisheries agreement protocol EU-Guinea Bissau
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Union initialled a new one-year protocol to the fisheries agreement with Guinea Bissau on June 15. This protocol maintains the conditions of the current one, i.e. fishing possibilities for 4,400 gross register tonnage (GRT)  for shrimp trawlers, 4,400 GRT for fin-fish and cephalopod trawlers, 23 tuna seiners and longliners, and 14 pole-and-line vessels. The EU financial counterpart amounts to 4,550,000€ for the right to fish and 2,950,000€ for the support of the fisheries sector in Guinea Bissau. A new clause was added to allow for the suspension of the protocol if there is a breach of human rights and democratic principles. This fisheries agreement allows vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France to fish in the Guinea-Bissau waters.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Guinea Bissau Fishing Agreement
    Link European Fish Week


  5. Ashton rejects criticism of Fiji staffing
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Trade

    Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, has hit back at criticism of the size of the EU's delegation on the Pacific island of Fiji. Ashton came under fire after PublicServiceEurope.com revealed on June 9 that her External Action Service and the European Commission employ 33 people in Fiji's capital Suva at a total cost of around €3m. The island has a population of 850,000 and a GDP per capita of €3,000. The story, which was later picked up by national media in the UK, came to light as a result of a question posed by the Italian MEP Lorenzo Fontana.

    Source: Public Service Europe


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to Fiji
    Link Catherine Ashton


  6. The pilot European Volunteers Corps is launched
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive

    The European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid is one big step closer to reality - its pilot phase was launched in Budapest today, at a conference organised by the European Commission and the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union. Inspired by the vision for the Corps set out in the Treaty of Lisbon, building on a thorough review of existing volunteering schemes, and taking into account stakeholders’ recommendations, the European Commission is now starting the practical implementation of the initiative - by selecting, training and deploying the first team of European humanitarian volunteers. In the pilot phase, the first European humanitarian volunteers will undergo extensive training, which will allow them and the Corps to develop the right toolbox of skills to effectively assist communities in humanitarian risk, while fostering local capacities among aid-receiving communities. Later in 2011, the volunteers will start working in third countries through three pilot projects (see MEMO/11/413). European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva said: "The pilot projects will give us a clear blueprint to move forward. We have two goals - first, to create an exciting opportunity for Europeans to make a difference in the world, and second, to bring collective value to individuals’ willingness to volunteer in the humanitarian area. I am excited that the European citizens’ solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people will now have its first ambassadors - our volunteers”. The pilot projects aim to test the ideas and concepts explored in the course of public consultations: how can European volunteers best complement the NGOs' work, and how can they bring real value to the people who rely on Europe’s solidarity around the world? Security has been the top priority in the design of pilot projects, and the choice of settings in which to deploy volunteers. Security is also the underlying principle for the future full-fledged European Humanitarian Corps.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Further information
    Link United Nations Volunteers


  7. Maritime sectors: more women joining the ranks
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    In the collective imagination, maritime occupations have always been a male stronghold. Yet women’s role and status in maritime activities have evolved considerably over the last 20 years, whether in terms of legal status, access to jobs or visibility. Since 2009, the FEMMAR project at the University of Nantes has teamed up researchers from different disciplines to study the sociological, legal, economic and geographical processes related to these developments and to understand the paradoxes that sometimes result. The University of Nantes conducted a survey among women working in marine employment. The responses are mostly from France (81 %), with the rest from Spain’s Atlantic shoreline. In terms of sectors of activity, the responses break down as follows: 33 % of respondents work in maritime fisheries, 18 % in the shellfish branch of aquaculture, 32 % in merchant shipping and 17 % in the French navy. Women working in other maritime sectors also responded but their numbers were too low for the responses to be utilisable from a statistical point of view. More than half the women surveyed are employees (55 %), while others are company directors (16 %) or assisting spouses (9 %). Some 20 % are not paid. More than one fourth of the respondents go to sea.

    Source: Fisheries and aquaculture in Europe


    Link Read more
    Link More information
    Link CFP Reform


  8. Doha: An opportunity to find a solution to cotton subsidies problem
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    At the 31 March meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee, the WTO Director-General proposed a three-stage approach to break the negotiating deadlock: an early harvest for the LDCs, a package covering topics directly related to development, and the postponement of discussions on negotiating snags until after the December 2011 ministerial. Pascal Lamy’s proposal has three things in its favor: it publicly recognizes that Doha will not be wrapped up by year’s end; it places the development of the poorest nations back at the heart of the Doha Round; and it revives negotiations which were judged dead two months ago but which fortunately no one dared bury.

    Source: ideasCENTRE


    Link Read the newsletter
    Link ACP Cotton
    Link Commission: The Doha Round


  9. ACP countries urge EU to extend Sugar Protocol to 2020
    2011-06-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group has resolved to ask the European Commission (EC) to extend its sugar market regime in its current form to 2020. At the end of the one day joint ministerial meeting in Brussels Tuesday, the EC noted the request of the ACP but made no formal commitments on extending the Sugar Protocol. Speaking to journalists, the current chair of the European Union, Hungary’s foreign affairs minister, Janos Martony hinted that all financial mechanisms within the Cotonou Agreement will be extended to 2020. This is subject to current discussions with the EC on the future of the Cotonou Agreement, which comes to an end in 2020. The Sugar Protocol, which provides funding for Accompanying Measures to assist ACP sugar producers adjust their economies to the removal of preferential sugar prices from 2006, expires in 2013.

    Source: Pacific Islands News Association


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Sugar
    Link Further information


  10. Breakthrough in food labelling negotiations
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Food Security, Archive

    After hours of difficult negotiations, Parliament's negotiating team and Council and Commission representatives managed late Tuesday night to outline agreements on the remaining issues in the way of an overall political agreement on the new EU legislation on food labelling. "This is a real breakthrough", commented Parliament's rapporteur Renate Sommer (EPP, DE), after concluding negotiations with the Council on Tuesday night. "After 10 weeks of intensive negotiations, we have managed to come to an agreement", she added. "As always, the devil is in the details. However, if the outlined agreements can be endorsed by Member States and the political groups in Parliament, we will have a fair solution for all stakeholders. The consumer will get legible and understandable information on food products, while businesses will not be overburdened. Our citizens will have access to more and better information than before: they will be able to identify imitation foods and note the presence of allergens at first glance," explained Ms Sommer. The draft legislation aims to modernise, simplify and clarify food labelling within the EU. It would change existing rules on information that is compulsory on all labels, such as name, list of ingredients, "best before" or "use by" dates, specific conditions of use, and add a requirement to list key nutritional information. It will be ensured that labels are not misleading and provide the information that consumers need to make choices - without burdening the industry too much.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Consult the legislative procedure
    Link Commission: Food labelling


  11. New report examines how to better manage food price volatility
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    A new interagency report develops “options for G20 consideration on how to better mitigate and manage the risks associated with the price volatility of food and other agriculture commodities, without distorting market behaviour, ultimately to protect the most vulnerable”. The report was requested by G20 leaders at their summit meeting in November 2010 and submitted to the French Presidency of the G20 on 2 June 2011. The report, which was undertaken by FAO, IFAD, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, WFP, the World Bank, the WTO, IFPRI and the UN HLTF, states that “trade is an essential component of any food security strategy”.

    Source: WTO


    Link Read more
    Link Read the report
    Link Geopolitics of Food


  12. Improving the EU's energy efficiency
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive

    Energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to ensure energy supply, and it is at the same time a key tool in combating climate change. That is why the Energy Council on 10 June called for efforts to tap the potential for higher energy savings of buildings, transport and products. Public authorities should lead the way in raising performance levels. Member states are invited to apply high efficiency standards when purchasing goods (e.g. information and communication equipment). If possible, this should also apply to services, for example in connection with the refurbishment, operation and maintenance of buildings. When acquiring new buildings, public institutions are encouraged to choose a nearly zero-energy standard. The public transport fleet could include electric and hybrid vehicles. Consumers must be provided with clear, objective and transparent information as to the energy efficiency of products, including ecodesign and labelling. Campaigns could raise consumers' awareness of the energy consumption of products over their entire lifetime. Improving the EU's energy efficiency will have several advantages: it will protect the environment through energy savings and contribute to reaching the 2020 target of a 20 % reduction in greenhouse gases; it will benefit consumers by helping them save money; and it will create employment through a competitive low-carbon economy. Commission estimates indicate that the EU will not meet its objective of 20 % energy savings by 2020, if we continue along current lines. The transition to a resource efficient energy use is therefore vital.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more
    Link Read the Council conclusions
    Link Commission: Energy


  13. Vaccine summit saves four million lives in four hours
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    UK aid will help vaccinate a child in the developing world every two seconds for the next five years, the Prime Minister announced today. Over 80 million under-fives living in some of the poorest countries in the world will be vaccinated against killer diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea with the help of British aid as part of a broader collective effort. Opening a four-hour push to save lives hosted by David Cameron, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (President of Liberia) and Bill Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), the Prime Minister called on other donors to dig deep in order to reach the target of vaccinating at least a quarter of a billion children in the next five years in order to save the lives of four million children.

    Source: DFID


    Link Read more
    Link France gives €100m for vaccination
    Link Gates Foundation


  14. World Day against Child Labour
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive

    Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Vivian Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and Vice-President of the Commission, Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, and Karel De Gucht, Commissioner for Trade, today made a statement in commemoration of the World Day against Child Labour. While the EU announced a number of concrete initiatives last year, we must step up our efforts to combat child labour, in particular its worst forms, and consolidate children’s rights through a comprehensive approach which addresses the root causes of this phenomenon. EU development policy combats the root causes of child labour through targeted educational and poverty reduction programmes, such as the "Stop child labour campaign", ''Education for All Fast Track Initiatives'' and country-specific plans for education.

    Source: EU High Representative


    Link Read more
    Link EEAS
    Link UNICEF


  15. European Parliament: More international responsibility in CAP reform!
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security, ACP-EU Trade

    The European Parliament is pushing for a stronger developmental focus in the current reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. In an opinion, the agriculture committee demands that every future decision of the Commission take development into consideration. Before, protestant development agencies and their umbrella organisation APRODEV had pushed for this position. “We want a reform of the CAP which does not only focus on the interests of domestic agriculture but also keeps in mind the external dimension of a globalised EU agricultural policy. The goal is, and has to remain, long-term worldwide food security,” said Francisco Mari, expert for global agricultural trade at the German protestant development service (EED). The critical opinion of the EP’s agriculture committee is a first step into the right direction. “So far, the reform proposals of the EU for the CAP reform lack international responsibility,” added Bernard Walter, expert for food security at the German NGO “Brot für die Welt”.

    Source: EED


    Link En savoir plus [DE]
    Link MEP Dess report to be published here
    Link CAP reform impacts on developing countries


  16. Latin airlines: EU emissions scheme illegal
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association has asked the region’s governments and airlines to reject the inclusion of international aviation in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The association called the scheme “an illegal, flawed and unjust attempt to force the aviation industry to concede to unilateral and biased measures to the benefit of European carriers. The impending EU-ETS threatens to negatively affect the region's carriers and cost them hundreds of millions of dollars over the first few years of implementation.”

    Source: americanshipper.com


    Link Read more
    Link Asian Airlines renew criticism on EU emissions trading scheme
    Link EU Emission Trading Scheme


  17. Key committee pushes forward trade pact with Europe
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    The inaugural meeting of the Trade and Development Committee (TDC) of a sweeping trade pact between Caribbean nations and the European Union is being hailed as a success by regional diplomats. The convening of the TDC had met with earlier delays. It is a key component in implementing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that the European Union signed in 2008 with the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), comprising the 15-member Caribbean Community plus Cuba and the Dominican Republic. "Notable strides" were made, "albeit with a mixed record of success," said Alexis Rosado, the chief executive officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, who chaired the Jun. 9- 10 inaugural meeting. He spoke of Britain's Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund), which has provided the financial and technical impetus for establishing EPA Implementation Units in a number of CARIFORUM states. "These units are expected to have a direct and positive impact on EPA implementation in these states," he said. "These institutional additions to the EPA implementation landscape across the region are very tangible expressions of EU States' commitment to assisting their EPA partners through Aid for Trade. Since the inaugural meeting of the Joint Council, these institutional advances have emerged as vital components of the machinery of EPA implementation in the region," he said. A statement issued at the end of the closed-door meeting said that both Europe and CARIFORUM agreed "to work collaboratively towards an Aid for Trade-styled coordination and resource mobilization event in 2012 for CARIFORUM, in recognition of the magnitude of the financial requirements of the EPA implementation task ahead, at both regional and national levels".

    Source: caribbean360.com


    Link Read more
    Link EU relations with the Caribbean
    Link CARIFORUM


  18. European Commission closes bluefin tuna fishery to Spain’s large trawlers
    2011-06-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, closed the bluefin tuna fishery in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean to purse seiners (large trawlers) from Spain, due to the exhaustion of Spain's fishing quota. The closure to Spain took effect on 10 June 2011. The bluefin tuna fishing season for large trawlers in this fishery runs from 15 May-15 June. According to the European Commission, Spain was informed of the decision, confirmed its cessation of fishing authorizations and called its purse seiners back to port on 9 June 2011. Vessels from six EU member States (France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus), in addition to Spain, are active in this fishery. The EU's overall quota is 5,756 tons for the 2011 season, reduced from 7,087 last year, of which over half is caught by purse seiners.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Tuna: Spain fights against perceived threat from PNG
    Link Oceana: Towards a sustainable CFP


  19. Trade policy has become a fundamental development tool
    2011-06-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    Deputy Director-General Harsha V. Singh, in a speech at UNCTAD on 6 June 2011, said that “trade and trade policy have today become fundamentally important tools for attaining national development objectives and are also seen as crucial elements in the road to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.” Trade and development are inextricably linked. The role that trade can play for growth and development has long been recognized. The name of UNCTAD itself, with emphasis on Trade and Development, is testimony to the special contribution that trade can make to development, as is the Doha Development Agenda for trade negotiations at the WTO. Trade and trade policy have today become fundamentally important tools for attaining national development objectives and are also seen as crucial elements in the road to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  As the international trading system has evolved over time, so has the intellectual understanding and insight about the key aspects of how this system contributes to development and to economic recovery.  Countries have moved from import substitution to export promotion, to emphasis on more open internal and external markets leading to greater efficiency, and periodic re-evaluations of their insights.

    Source: WTO


    Link Read more
    Link EU positions at Doha Round
    Link Ideascentre: Doha’s early harvest



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