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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 292]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 292]
Send date: 2011-09-30 16:38:32
Issue #: 108
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. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 03/10 to 09/10/2011
  2. Our video guest: Dominique Ristori, Joint Research Centre
  3. End doublespeak on energy efficiency, EU states told
  4. MEPs call for global green economy targets
  5. The European Parliament strengthens the right to food
  6. Strengthening food security through research
  7. The Council of Ministers discusses Doha
  8. EU development cooperation with Fiji Islands
  9. European Parliament supports coordinated policies for fair trade
  10. Nigeria's assembly seeks EU support on Ogoniland
  11. Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2012
  12. ACP-Europe ICT roundtable on broadband policy and regulation
  13. Zimbabwe: Aid programme dramatically improves health service
  14. Tanzania: EU to inject 35 million Euros in EAC fisheries
  15. Dirk Niebel at meeting of G20 development ministers
  16. East Africa and Europe to resume trade negotiations
  17. Countries cutting off Europe’s poor
  18. EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner promoted disaster resilience in the US
  19. Kenya first country to endorse charter to end extreme hunger
  20. Commission sets the rules for allocation of free emission allowances to airlines
  21. EESC: Rio+ 20: make-or-break moment for a new economic order
  22. Britain, Poland join calls for 'radical' CAP reform
  23. UK: Retailers targeted by cotton made in Africa
  24. EU gives another 1bn EUR to meet MDGs in ACP countries
  25. Belize: Freak storms cost banana growers US$15-20 million


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 03/10 to 09/10/2011
    2011-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    Council of Ministers
    -04 October: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
    -06 October: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council
    ACP Group

    -03-06 October: 24th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
    -06/07 October: Green Growth Investment Forum

    You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.


    Link European Parliament
    Link Council of Ministers
    Link European Commission


  2. Our video guest: Dominique Ristori, Joint Research Centre
    2011-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security, Food Policy

    Dominique Ristori is the general director of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In our interview, he speaks about the food security conference organised by the JRC and about the value of research and science in food security.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Food security conference
    Link More information


  3. End doublespeak on energy efficiency, EU states told
    2011-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment

    The European Commission's top energy official has criticised EU member sates for holding a double language on the bloc's target to cut energy use by 20% by the end of the decade.

    Philip Lowe, the head of the Commission's directorate-general for energy, criticised EU governments for obstructing binding rules to promote energy efficiency, as part of efforts to meet the bloc's aspirational goal of a 20% cut in energy use by 2020.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EEA criticises bioenergy emissions calculations
    Link MEP: Resource-efficiency plans insufficient [DE]


  4. MEPs call for global green economy targets
    2011-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment

    The UN’s Rio de Janeiro summit on sustainable development (“Rio+20”) should set "accountable targets", including global goals on renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to a resolution approved by Parliament on Thursday. Parliament’s set of recommendations for next year’s event - due to take place 20 years after the first Earth Summit in 1992 – was approved with 449 votes in favour, 103 against and 45 abstentions.

    “We call on industrialised and developing countries to work together to reduce the global environmental footprint. Only firm action now will allow the world’s growing population to share its limited natural resources fairly and sustainably in the future,” said Jo Leinen (S&D, DE), Chair of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.

    Warning of the pressures of climate change, MEPs say that biodiversity and natural resources – such as water, soil and forests - must be properly valued and accounted for. Parliament supports the European Commission’s call for a "Green Economy Roadmap" and stresses that sustainable growth needs new measures and “accountable targets”, including global goals to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency. A narrow majority of MEPs meanwhile expressed their opposition to the exploitation of shale gas and tar sands.

     

    The resolution calls for an end to environmentally harmful subsidies by 2020. MEPs also want to see an international tax on financial transactions - as proposed at EU level by the European Commission yesterday – to support climate and biodiversity protection in developing countries. The EU will submit a unified position to the UN by the beginning of November, after which international negotiations will lead into the Rio de Janeiro summit in June 2012.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Read the resolution [DOC]
    Link Commission communication on Rio+20


  5. The European Parliament strengthens the right to food
    2011-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    The European Parliament this week passed a report by German MEP Gabriele Zimmer on global food security in which it gave strong backing to the implementation of the right to food in the EU and in the world. The Parliament thus calls for “urgent steps to […] make the right to adequate and nutritious food a reality”. In this context, it urges the Commission and member states to “take concrete action to effectively tackle financial speculation on grain and food”, and in particular to restore global food stocks.

    With regard to the EU’s farm and fisheries policies, the Parliament demands that the EU phase out all its export subsidies and “carry out a CAP impact assessment that will analyse its external impact on food security in developing countries”. MEPs would also like to see a removal of the EU’s barriers to trade and efforts of the Commission to bring the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and of the Commission Fisheries Policy into line with its development policy objectives.

    The Parliament also wants to see ACP agriculture strengthened. MEPs thus highlight the importance of “allocating an appropriate share of EU overseas development assistance to the agriculture sector” and appeal to the Commission and member states to “target their investment more closely on the agricultural sector in order to provide local people with a reason not to move elsewhere”.

    Source: CTA


    Link Read the resolution
    Link Rapporteur Gabriele Zimmer
    Link UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food


  6. Strengthening food security through research
    2011-09-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy

    Under the impact of widespread famine in the Horn of Africa and fluctuating food commodity prices, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission invited 300 researchers and European officials to a conference called “Scientific support for food security and global governance”. With about 9 billion people sharing the earth in 2050, speakers estimated that the world has to double its food production while minimising environmental degradation. “Right now,” said Ann Tutweiler from FAO, setting the stage, “farmers’ yields are far below their potential. We can produce much more, and we can stop wasting 30% of our food and 40% of our water.” To do so, coherent policies are as important as sound scientific input. “Europe in particular is a catalyst for scientific research,” said Marion Guillou from the research institute INRA, stressing that the Europe 2020 strategy foresees a target of 3% of national budgets devoted to research by 2020.

    Speakers emphasised that research findings should be accessible to a wide range of people, and that they should be translated into a language understood by practitioners. They also agreed that speculation on food commodities had to be better regulated to prevent massive food price fluctuation. Joachim von Braun, Director of the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, even suggested to introduce a new “International Grain Reserves Bank”, a sort of International Monetary Fund for food commodities. This bank could unleash food reserves in the event of a price spike, and thereby keep global food prices constant.

    Source: CTA


    Link Read more
    Link JRC: Food security research
    Link JRC


  7. The Council of Ministers discusses Doha
    2011-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The 3112th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs/Trade held in Brussels, 26 September 2011 took stock of developments in multilateral trade negotiations under the WTO's Doha Development Agenda, in preparation for the WTO's eighth ministerial conference, scheduled to take place in Geneva on 15 to 17 December.

    Launched in Doha in 2001, the negotiations are aimed at achieving a major reform of the international trading system and improving the trading prospects of developing countries. The talks have however remained in an impasse since 2008 in the absence of an agreement on "modalities", which would transpose political commitments made by WTO members into figures. The Council reconfirmed the EU's strong commitment to a successful outcome to the Doha round and to the ministerial conference in December, as well as the importance it attaches to the multilateral trading system.

    The EU's objective has long been to obtain an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced agreement. The Council therefore urged WTO members to seek and identify a way out of the current impasse. To this end, it expressed support for the Commission to explore with other WTO members approaches that could advance the negotiating agenda in accordance with the mandate agreed at Doha, whilst building on the progress already made. It reiterated the EU's commitment to achieving concrete outcomes addressing the needs and interests of the least developed countries.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more
    Link Doha Development Agenda
    Link EP: Doha will not be concluded in 2011


  8. EU development cooperation with Fiji Islands
    2011-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    The Council of Minsters this week pushed back the resumption of full development cooperation with the Republic of the Fiji Islands until 30 September 2012, pending the implementation of concrete steps towards new elections as well as the respect of human rights and the rule of law (13845/11). The measures were first imposed on 1 October 2007 in the wake of the military takeover in Fiji in 2006.

    Source: CTA/Council of Ministers


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to Fiji
    Link EC chief sees little progress in repressive Fiji


  9. European Parliament supports coordinated policies for fair trade
    2011-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution ‘on a New Trade Policy for Europe under the Europe 2020 Strategy’ in response to the European Commission proposal on new EU trade policy. Within this resolution, the European Parliament has clearly called again for the ‘European Commission to ensure coordinated policies in support of Fair Trade’.

    The European Parliament has been very clear and consistent in its repeated calls for the European Commission to ensure coordinated policies to support Fair Trade including in the European Parliament Resolution on Fair Trade and development.

    The European Parliament echoes the clear support by European Union citizens for ethical considerations in trade. During the EC public consultation for the new trade agenda, there was a widespread call to recognise and support Fair Trade, a civil society-led initiative, as a tool and best practice in building more just and responsible production and trade. The summary contained many references to Fair Trade including that, “Fair Trade is a different way of doing trade, it is not about aid, and it is not fundamentally about consumer-assurance issues”.

    Source: fairtrade-advocacy.org


    Link Read more
    Link Read the resolution
    Link MEPs critical of Commission’s 2020 strategy


  10. Nigeria's assembly seeks EU support on Ogoniland
    2011-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Policy

    Rivers State House of Assembly has appealed to the European Union (EU) to assist the state in cleaning up Ogoniland as recommended by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report recently submitted to the Federal Government.

    Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, said in Port Harcourt while receiving the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. David Macrae, that the extent of damage to the area was enormous and required external assistance. "To me, personally, the Ogoniland is a disaster area and should be so declared," he said.

    Kwanee pointed out that the state required the support of the EU on how Ogoniland could be repaired "because the quantum of financial implication of repairing the environmental disaster visited on the area is beyond the capability of the federal and state governments."

    Source: AllAfrica/This Day


    Link Read more
    Link Nigeria: Oil Spills - Shell to Pay $410m to Ogoniland
    Link EU Delegation to Nigeria


  11. Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2012
    2011-09-29
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Commission presented its first proposal for 2012 fishing opportunities for certain stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea. Its proposal sets levels of total allowable catch (TAC) and fishing effort for the fish stocks managed by the EU exclusively, and not for stocks managed with third countries. Based on scientific advice, the Commission proposes to increase the TAC for 9 stocks (certain stocks of cod, anglerfish, herring, haddock, hake, sole, megrim and Norway lobster) and reduce it for 53 stocks. For cod in the West of Scotland, the Irish Sea and the Kattegat, the Commission proposes that no fishing takes place in 2012, given the poor state of these stocks. The proposed changes would amount to an overall reduction in TACs (by weight) of 11% compared to 2011. The Commission's goal is to set TACs at science-based levels which help recover the stocks and make fisheries sustainable in the long term. [...]

    The proposed catch limits are based on the scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). Stakeholders were also consulted on the basis of the Commission's Consultation document from May (IP/11/638).

    The Commission's ultimate aim is that all stocks are fished at sustainable levels, the so-called Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), by 2015 – a commitment that the EU made to the international community, and which is also a key pillar of the proposed CFP reform.

    To help achieve MSY by 2015, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has started to frame its scientific advice with this goal in mind, whenever possible. Also, multi-annual management plans are being put in place for all major commercial stocks. Stocks managed in this way tend to fare better than those subject to short-term decision-making.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link French NGOs' position on fisheries reform
    Link CFP Reform


  12. ACP-Europe ICT roundtable on broadband policy and regulation
    2011-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), in partnership with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat of the ACP Group of States is finalising preparations for the first ACP-Europe ICT Roundtable, which will take place at ACP House, Brussels, Belgium from 20 to 21 October 2011. The Roundtable will enable attendees to examine the key policy, regulatory and operational issues concerning the improved roll-out of Broadband in ACP countries and the delivery of its many socio-economic development benefits.  In addition, it will improve networking and knowledge-sharing between high-level policy and regulatory officials from the 79 ACP countries that will be represented, as well as participants from the European Union.   

    Discussions at the Roundtable will be driven by speakers and presenters from ACP countries, high-level European Union officials, and many of those leading industry figures whose companies are driving the expansion of broadband services in Europe and beyond.

    Key areas of discussion will include:
    •    Optimum policy and regulatory frameworks for broadband roll-out
    •    Spectrum rationalisation
    •    Digital switchover
    •    Financing schemes
    •    Deployment of strategies to reduce negative externalities of ICTs
    •    Technologies that will mainstream the benefits of ICTs.

    Source: CTO


    Link Read more
    Link ICT Research Projects
    Link ICT Update


  13. Zimbabwe: Aid programme dramatically improves health service
    2011-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The improved availability of essential medicines in Zimbabwe’s public health sector is largely due to a multi-donor programme started in 2008 through collaboration between the government, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Zimbabwe, the European Union (EU), the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland.

    To date, the Essential Medicines Supply Programme (EMSP) has received US$52 million in funding, according to UNICEF. The money is used to buy drugs and medical supplies which are distributed to health centres by Natpharm, the supply arm of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.

    According to a survey carried out by the EU, 80 percent of essential medicines are now available at over 80 percent of health facilities compared to only 28 percent availability of vital drugs at public health institutions in 2008.

    Source: Irin News


    Link Read more
    Link Don't judge us, Zimbabwe tells EU
    Link Towards more diversity in aid agencies


  14. Tanzania: EU to inject 35 million Euros in EAC fisheries
    2011-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Union is in the process of approving around Euro 35 million to support the improvement of the quality of fisheries products from East Africa destined to the European Union and other Western countries' market to ensure compliance with demanded international standards.

    The Head of the European Union delegation to Tanzania, Ambassador Tim Clarke, said in Dar es Salaam last week while launching the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACE) workshop that brings together different experts of fisheries from East African region and other countries around the world.

    Ambassador Clarke said that later this month, the EU will hold discussions in Zanzibar with East African countries in order to clear the way for approving the financial assistance.

    Source: AllAfrica/East Africa Business Weekly


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to Tanzania and EAC
    Link TRACES


  15. Dirk Niebel at meeting of G20 development ministers
    2011-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Food Security, ACP-EU Policy

    The German development minister Dirk Niebel last week participated in a meeting of G20 development ministers, at which the G20 finance ministers were also present.

    The meeting marked the first time that G20 development ministers met in this formation. Niebel said he hoped that the G20 forum would provide an opportunity to forge a new partnership for sustainable development, in which “industrialised countries and emerging economies meet on an equal footing and take on shared responsibility for global challenges”.

    The G20 group’s goal, Niebel pursued, was to tackle structural problems that impede further advances in global development, citing among others problems in trade, social protection, infrastructure or food security.

    Source: CTA/BMZ


    Link Read more
    Link G20 ministers pledge support for development
    Link French G20-G8 Presidency


  16. East Africa and Europe to resume trade negotiations
    2011-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Technical level negotiators from the European Union (EU) and the East African Community (EAC) met last week in Zanzibar to set an agenda for the blocs’ trade negotiations for the coming months. A statement, availed to The Citizen by the press and information officer at the delegation of the EU in Tanzania, Mr Emmanuel Kihaule, noted yesterday that the Zanzibar meetings which came after a 14-month break, made good progress in setting an agenda for negotiations over the coming months.

    The parties jointly agreed to make progress in negotiations in particular on three fronts - economic and development co-operation; rules of origin and agriculture. The next formal joint negotiation session is scheduled to take place in mid December; a number of inter-session meetings at expert level will prepare the ground.

     

    Source: The Citizen


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to Tanzania and EAC
    Link EAC


  17. Countries cutting off Europe’s poor
    2011-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    Six member States refuse to allow funds from the Common Agricultural Policy to be used as food aid to the poor. On 1 January 2012, the budget for assistance to 18 million Europeans may drop from 480 to 113.5 million euros. It's a possibility that revolts La Libre Belgique.

    Their position is as appalling as it is incomprehensible. Unbearable, really. Six member states of the Union – Germany, UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark and Sweden, all rich and mostly eurosceptic – are still blocking, through legal wrangling and fallacious arguments, the providing of some 480 million euros intended to feed the poorest Europeans [the final decision has been deferred to the next meeting of EU ministers in late October].

    How to understand that, in the midst of the euro crisis, while poverty is increasing throughout the Old Continent, powerful countries can undermine a policy that has proven itself over a quarter century? European Program of Food Aid to the most Deprived (PEAD) distributes 440,000 tons of food every year in twenty states – with Poland, Italy and France in the lead. It's an opportunity to recall that, contrary to popular belief, Europe is also able to worry about the welfare of its people. […]

    The message is disastrous for the image of the European Union and the credibility of its leaders' rhetoric. Solidarity, a principle at the foundation of European construction, must remain one of its most steadfast bases in the face of the every-man-for-himself assaults of the states. Outside these six countries, such a Europe inspires no one.

    Source: Presseurop


    Link Read more
    Link MEPs demand swift action on food scheme
    Link Commissioner Ciolos defends food aid


  18. EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner promoted disaster resilience in the US
    2011-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    EU Humanitarian Aid Commission Kristalina Georgieva was in the United States along with Commission President José Manuel Barroso and other European Commissioners to attend the UN General Assembly. From 21 to 25 September, Georgieva attended a number of high-level meetings with development stakeholders in Washington and New York in which she promoted dialogue on the urgent need to build disaster resilience.

    The Commissioner participated in high-level panel discussions at the Annual Meetings Program of Seminars event hosted by the European Union, the Government of Japan and the World Bank, in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development and USAID.

    Ms. Georgieva also met the EU Country Directors of the World Bank where she discussed new funding strategies. Her visit laid the groundwork for next year’s World Bank/IMF meeting in Tokyo and the G20 Mexico Presidency, where disaster risk reduction and building resilience will be the core themes. On Saturday, Ms. Georgieva addressed the UN ministerial mini-summit on humanitarian response to the Horn of Africa crisis in New York.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Humanitarian aid to Horn of Africa a key UN concern
    Link Commission: DG Humanitarian Aid


  19. Kenya first country to endorse charter to end extreme hunger
    2011-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy

    Kenya's Prime Minister was the first world leader to sign a ground-breaking Charter that would make deadly food crises like the one gripping East Africa a thing of the past.

    The document, A Charter to End Extreme Hunger, was launched on Saturday as heads of state and other delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in New York focused on the East Africa crisis.

    The Charter outlines five key actions that governments of rich and poor countries should take to stop widespread starvation as a result of drought, high food prices and conflict, namely

    • Responding early
    • Supporting local food production
    • Making food affordable
    • Protecting the poorest and most vulnerable

    Source: Oxfam


    Link Read more
    Link Read the charter
    Link Commission: Food security conference


  20. Commission sets the rules for allocation of free emission allowances to airlines
    2011-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment

    The European Commission has taken an important step for the aviation industry to join other economic sectors in the fight against climate change. Aviation will become part of the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS) from 2012. The European Commission has published the benchmark values which will be used to allocate greenhouse gas emission allowances free of charge to more than 900 aircraft operators.

    Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: "With the benchmark values, airlines now have certainty how many allowances they will receive for free each year up to 2020. At current market prices these free allowances represent more than €20 billion over the decade. With these potential revenues, airlines could invest in modernising their fleets, improving fuel efficiency and using non-fossil aviation fuel. As much as the EU prefers global action, we can't defend that the aviation sector is exempted from contributing because they can't agree internationally. This is why the EU decided to take this step forward in 2008 while we will continue to fight for global regulation of aviation like at the next UN climate negotiations in Durban ''

    Publication of the benchmark values enables airlines to calculate their free allocation of allowances up to 2020. One benchmark has been calculated for the trading period in 2012 and another for the trading period starting in January 2013. In 2013 to 2020 an airline will receive 0.6422 allowances per 1,000 tonne-kilometres, while in 2012 it will receive 0.6797 allowances.

    In the trading period from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012, 85% of the aviation allowances will be allocated free of charge to aircraft operators. In the period from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2020, this will be 82%. 15% of the remaining allowances in each period will be auctioned and in 2013-2020 3% will be set aside in a special reserve for new entrants and fast growing airlines.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More information
    Link European Aviation Safety Agency


  21. EESC: Rio+ 20: make-or-break moment for a new economic order
    2011-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    Rio+20 must rise to the challenge of paving the way for a new economic order, where sustainability and not just GDP is a key concept, argued the European Economic and Social Committee during a debate with Janez Potočnik, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, and Ricardo Neiva Tavares, Head of the Mission of Brazil to the EU. The Commissioner made it clear that the Rio+20 could not succeed without the constructive input of civil society.

    EESC president Staffan Nilsson assured the Commissioner that the Committee, as a representative of European organised civil society, was ready to take on this challenge. He reminded the Commissioner that the EESC would continue intense and wide-ranging dialogue with civil society in the EU and throughout the world concerning the expectations for the conference. Broad consultations with various stakeholders were needed given the cross-cutting role of sustainable development, which required the coordination of environmental, economic and social policies. […]

    Mr Potočnik then focused on the EU Rio+20 Conference, and on the role that the EU could play at global level. He explained that Europe's Resource Efficiency Roadmap can be seen as the European Union's approach to the green economy and cleaning up in front of its own door. The Rio+20 Conference next year is a unique opportunity to push the global green economy agenda.

    The EESC presented Mr Potočnik with two opinions, which will feed into the EU's overall position on the Rio+20 conference. Hans-Joachim Wilms (Employees' Group, Germany), the rapporteur of one of the opinions, said that ,the Heads of State needed to agree upon common sustainability goals at the Rio+20 Conference to guide the necessary shift to a green economy with a strong focus on social inclusion and environmental viability.

    Source: European Economic and Social Committee


    Link Read more
    Link EU: Rio+20 preparation
    Link EESC opinion on Rio+20


  22. Britain, Poland join calls for 'radical' CAP reform
    2011-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Food Policy

    London and Warsaw have put themselves firmly on a collision course with France over the upcoming reform of the EU's farm policy, calling for a "modernisation of European agriculture" which they claim currently "protects outdated practices of the past."

    The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which currently absorbs about 40% of the EU's €130 billion annual budget, should be radically overhauled to focus on competitiveness and protecting the environment, the two countries said in a statement.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link UK response to CAP reform proposal
    Link Polish ministry: CAP post-2013


  23. UK: Retailers targeted by cotton made in Africa
    2011-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative, which now reaches 1.6m people in five countries according to a new study, is teaming up with an ethical consultancy to try to boost its uptake by UK retailers. Cotton made in Africa works in five African countries to improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers through trade. And the Aid by Trade Foundation, which is behind CmiA, hopes Abi Rushton and her EthicalExpert consultancy will be able to open up new markets for the scheme's African cotton.

    "This partnership is a huge opportunity for the initiative to break into the British market, which is known to be a leader in the field of sustainable consumerism", says Stephan Engel, responsible for sales at the Aid by Trade Foundation. "The initiative also aims at securing profitable supply chains for brands and workers," Rushton adds. We've been impressed with the reach and impact of CmiA's work on the ground in Africa and its potential commercial impact for brands."

    Source: just-style.com


    Link Read more
    Link Fair Trade Foundation
    Link ACP-EU Cotton


  24. EU gives another 1bn EUR to meet MDGs in ACP countries
    2011-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Archive, ACP-EU Policy

    Water and sanitation, maternal health, hunger and child mortality: those Millennium Development Goals that are most off-tracks will be allocated an additional €1bn by the European Commission, said EU Commissioner Piebalgs today during a round table on Nutrition at the UN General Assembly. The European Commission is finalising the identification of the projects presented by African, Caribbean and Pacific countries themselves.

    "This additional EU support will help to make a decisive move in the fight against poverty. Projects have been identified in partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and are fully results-oriented" said EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, adding: "Since 2000, EU support contributed to educate more than 9 millions children, to provide health care to 10 millions women and to give access to water and sanitation to millions of household.”

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More information
    Link Piebalgs appointed member UN High Level Group on sustainable energy


  25. Belize: Freak storms cost banana growers US$15-20 million
    2011-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    After two consecutive nights of thunderstorms the Banana Growers Association, BGA, has suffered an estimated 40% in crop loss which they estimate will amount to US$15-20 million in financial losses. Between Monday, September 5, and Tuesday, September 6, there were two storms with winds of just about 40 mph in the Stann Creek District, as recorded by BGA’s weather equipment.

    The BGA’s 6,700 acres of farmland sit between the South Creek River and the Bladen River in the Stann Creek District. The BGA stakeholders/farmers were all onsite with us today talking about the severity of the freak storms and their effects on the industry, and furthermore, what efforts would have to be taken for them to fully recover. We note that the BGA had only just been recovering from a bad drought season.

    Source: Freshplaza


    Link Read more
    Link Official speaks on recovery effort in banana industry
    Link EU-Belize Trade [PDF]



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