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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 294]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 294]
Send date: 2011-10-14 15:44:11
Issue #: 110
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 17/10 to 23/10/2011
  2. Our video guest: Ska Keller, MEP
  3. New ActionAid report on milking the poor
  4. Spain strengthens support to Caricom representation office in Haiti
  5. Commissioner Piebalgs proposes changes to EU development policy
  6. Farmers' networks urge government action against land grabbing
  7. Food Prices set to rise further
  8. The Council of Minsters agrees on its position for Durban
  9. Student exchange programme launched in Namibia with help of EU
  10. EU ratifies convention for fisheries organisation in the South Pacific
  11. The EU angers the Namibian government
  12. Renewal of fisheries agreement EU/Guinea Bissau
  13. AFD attributes a billion EUR to its different zones of activity
  14. EU signs 1,5 million Euro grant contract for an ECOWAS regional energy efficiency project
  15. Olivier de Schutter: CAP reform must put an end to dumping
  16. ALDE: CAP reform proposals fail sustainability and competitiveness test
  17. MEPs: EU should take lead in global fight against illegal fishing
  18. Green Growth Investment Forum in Brussels
  19. EU programme to prevent blindness in the Caribbean
  20. Top scientists condemn EU land use values for biofuels
  21. Budget 2012: figures now available
  22. EU finance ministers recommend progress on climate finance
  23. Severe drought in Tuvalu deprives citizens of water


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 17/10 to 23/10/2011
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Council
    -17/18 October: European Council Meeting
    Council of Ministers
    -20/21 October: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
    ACP Group

    -17-20 October: Meeting of ACP Chief RECs and EPAs Chief Negotiators
    -20/21 October: ACP/EU/CTO ICT Roundtable
    Polish EU Presidency

    -19/20 October: European Congress on Rural Development

    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 European Commission
    Link Council of Ministers


  2. Our video guest: Ska Keller, MEP
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Food Security, Food Policy

    Ska Keller is a Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Greens from Germany. In this video, she explains how food security can be attained without the use of GMOs and speaks about development aid that never leaves developed countries.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Ska Keller's website
    Link Food security hearing


  3. New ActionAid report on milking the poor
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Food Policy

    ActionAid’s new report, Milking the Poor, shows that subsidised EU milk is causing unfair competition to poor farmers in Bangladesh, suppressing investment in the dairy industry and undermining the EU’s investments in food security.

    Due to a change in the rules, farmers receiving CAP subsidies are no longer bound by production limits.

    In 2010 alone, the EU exported 378,000 tonnes of skimmed milk powder to developing countries – mainly in Africa and the Middle East. A further 11% increase is projected for 2011.

    The report reveals an absurd situation, where one company Arla Foods – producer of Lurpak butter and DANO milk powder – receives a substantial amount of the €5 billion on offer per year to dairy farmers in the EU.

    The company has seen sales of its EU-subsidised milk powder rocket in recent years, earning it a substantial profit. Interestingly though, Arla is only able to produce its milk powder at a profit because of the EU subsidies.

    Source: ActionAid


    Link Read more
    Link DG Agriculture: Milk and milk products
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  4. Spain strengthens support to Caricom representation office in Haiti
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy

    The government of Spain has strengthened its cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) through a renewed commitment to support the operations of CARICOM Representation Office in Haiti (CROH) and the work of the Community in Haiti.

    This funding, directed through the Spanish government’s cooperation arm, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), will support the administrative operations and programme activities to undertaken by the CROH from October to December 2011.

    Since the re-establishment of the CROH in 2007, Spain has been a consistent development partner in assisting CARICOM in the development of institutional and human capacity in Haiti.

    The CROH functions as a key mechanism in Haiti’s integration into the CSME. Just as Haiti was about to make a significant step towards integration into the CSME, the 12 January 2010 struck with cataclysmic consequences, as its accession to the Single Market having been scheduled for that very month. In the destruction of the physical infrastructure, the country also lost many of its senior public servants, including those with responsibility for the implementation of the CSME.

    Source: Caricom


    Link Read more
    Link Spanish Development Ministry
    Link Caricom advised to end EPA with Europe


  5. Commissioner Piebalgs proposes changes to EU development policy
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    The EU will re-prioritise its delivery of aid to developing countries to ensure maximum impact on poverty reduction. EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, this week presented the 'Agenda for Change' of EU Development policy and a new policy for EU budget support. These communications set out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including through a more targeted allocation of funding.

    Future EU spending should concentrate on sectors which are key for long-term and inclusive growth, target countries that are in the greatest need of external support and where aid can make a difference. [...]

    EU aid should focus on sectors setting the foundations for inclusive and sustainable growth. These include:

    • Good governance, including respect of human rights and democracy; gender equality, role of civil society and the fight against corruption,
    • Social protection, health and education,
    • Supporting a favourable business environment and deeper regional integration,
    • Sustainable agriculture and clean energy, helping to provide safeguards against external shocks and turn challenges of food security and climate change into opportunities for growth.

    In order to generate more resources, the EU will explore innovative ways of financing development, like the blending of grants and loans.

    The Commission will also encourage the EU and its Member States to jointly prepare strategies and programmes (so called "joint programming") and better divide labour amongst themselves in order to increase aid effectiveness.

    A significant share of EU aid is delivered in the form of budget support: financial transfers to government budgets in developing countries, coupled with policy dialogue, performance assessment and capacity building. The Commission proposes an EU approach to make budget support more effective and efficient in delivering development results by strengthening the contractual partnerships with developing countries.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read Commissioner Piebalgs' programme
    Link Read Concord's reaction


  6. Farmers' networks urge government action against land grabbing
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    Civil society organisations and global farmers' networks are gathered in Rome this week to ask governments to stop the "disastrous practice of land grabbing", ahead of next week's Committee on World Food Security.

    From Oct. 11 to 14, the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is running intergovernmental negotiations on land governance.

    After six years of negotiations involving governments, international organisations and civil society groups, this session is expected to adopt voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of land and other natural resources. These guidelines would protect and strengthen access to land, fisheries and forests for indigenous peoples and small-scale producers, especially women.

    Source: IPS News


    Link Read more
    Link Organisations say stop farm land grabbing
    Link UN expert: international guidelines needed


  7. Food Prices set to rise further
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security

    Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and probably increase next year, making poor farmers even more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the global report on food insecurity released Monday by the United Nations' three Rome-based food agencies predicts.

    Small, import-dependent countries, particularly in Africa, are especially at risk. "Many of them still face severe problems following the world food and economic crises of 2006-2008," the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in preface to The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011 (SOFI).

    "The main reason for increased price volatility is that supply production cannot catch up with demand", FAO senior economist George Rapsomanikis told IPS. "What is happening is that we have a steady increase in demand, mainly due to increase in the population, and also a change in the diet of population in emerging economies who are gradually changing their diets, including more meat and more grain."

    Source: IPS News


    Link Read more
    Link FAO
    Link Read the FAO report


  8. The Council of Minsters agrees on its position for Durban
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    On 10 October Environment ministers agreed on the EU stance for crucial international climate talks coming up in Durban, South Africa, in late November.

    The European Union is calling for a single legally-binding instrument to rein in global warming. However, it is open to considering an extension of the current Kyoto Protocol, due to expire in 2012, for a limited transition period.

    The 1997 Kyoto Protocol sets carbon targets only for industrialised countries, whereas the EU wants an outcome that engages all major economies. It considers that cutting greenhouse gas emissions worldwide is necessary to prevent the most severe impacts of climate change.

    A number of ministers and the Commission recalled that an unlimited carry-over of surplus Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) after 2012 (as currently foreseen in the Kyoto Protocol) could jeopardise the environmental effectiveness of the global reduction targets, in particular since several developed countries have greenhouse gas emission levels that are well below their Kyoto Protocol targets and are therefore expected to have a lot of surplus emission rights over the 2008-2012 period.

    The UN talks in Durban - the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - will run from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

    Source: Council of Ministers/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link Read the Council conclusions
    Link The finance ministers' input for Durban


  9. Student exchange programme launched in Namibia with help of EU
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The Polytechnic of Namibia launched a student exchange programme with universities in Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa last week. The Intra-African-Caribbean and Pacific (Intra-ACP) Academic Mobility Scheme Project is funded by the European Commission to a tune of 2.91million Euros.

    Speaking at the launch, Tjama Tjivikua, rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia, said the institution applied for the first round of the project in response to a call that invited higher education institutions in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific to establish consortia of universities and research institutions. “The process was very competitive, as all higher education institutions in Africa formed strong partnerships to apply for the first allocation of Euro 7 million to fund three projects in Africa with a separate call for Caribbean and the Pacific regions,” he said.

    Source: Namibia Economist


    Link Read more
    Link Academic Mobility Scheme
    Link Polytehnic of Namibia


  10. EU ratifies convention for fisheries organisation in the South Pacific
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Union has ratified the Convention setting up a new Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO), which, once it enters into force, will govern the fishing activities in the high seas of the South Pacific. The EU is the 6th Party to ratify the Convention after Belize, Cook Islands, Republic of Cuba, Kingdom of Denmark in respect of Faroe Islands and New Zealand.

    The South Pacific is one of the few remaining parts of the oceans which have not yet been regulated by an RFMO (Regional Fisheries Management Organisation) for non-tuna species. The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) will manage non-highly migratory fish species in the region, including both pelagic and deep sea stocks such as jack mackerel and orange roughy. It covers a vast area including the waters from the most western parts of the South Pacific towards the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of South America.

    In order to enter into force, the Convention need to be ratified by at least 8 partners, including at least 3 coastal states in the region and 3 long-distance fishing states. The EU hopes for rapid ratification progress, particularly by the coastal States in the area, to enable the South Pacific RFMO to become fully operational in the near future. The new organisation will allow for the effective management of fisheries resources and the protection of the marine environment in this vast area of the high sea.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read the convention [PDF]
    Link South Pacific Fisheries Organisation


  11. The EU angers the Namibian government
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The Namibian government is furious after a hush-hush decision by the European Union (EU) to close its duty- and quota-free markets to Namibian beef, fish and grapes by 2014 unless the country signs a controversial trade pact.

    “This is not the way to go,” Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob reacted from Washington. “This is not a partnership. By setting an arbitrary deadline the EU is trying to put pressure on us to sign the economic partnership agreement,” Geingob told The Namibian.

    European Commissioner (EC) Trade Commission Karel De Gucht met with Government in Windhoek on September 13, without mentioning a word about the 2014 ultimatum. Last Friday, barely two weeks after the meeting, the EC however adopted a proposal to amend the Market Access Regulation of 2007. This agreement has been governing EU imports from the 36 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries involved in negotiating economic partnership agreements (EPAs). A total of 18 ACP countries are yet to sign the agreement. Namibia provisionally initialled the interim EPA in December 2007, but has refused to sign it unless issues regarding unfair competition are resolved.

    Source: namibian.co.na


    Link Read more
    Link Botswana set to lose high yield EU market
    Link SD hasn’t ratified EPA, stands to lose EU market access


  12. Renewal of fisheries agreement EU/Guinea Bissau
    2011-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Commission has adopted formal proposals for a new one-year protocol to the fisheries agreement with Guinea Bissau, agreed by the two parties on 16 June 2011.

    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. The one year extension of the protocol was agreed to give both parties the time necessary to assess the prospect of a future protocol of a longer duration.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Guinea-Bissau fisheries partnership
    Link CTA interview with Charles Goerens


  13. AFD attributes a billion EUR to its different zones of activity
    2011-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security, Archive, ACP-EU Policy

    Education, health, agriculture, SME support, forests, climate and social accommodation – 19 projects in these sectors in Africa, Columbia, Indonesia and Turkey will receive one billion EUR, decided the administrative council of the French development agency (AFD) on 29 September.

    Finance will be attributed in the form of loans, endowment or subsidies and will be allocated to Mauretania, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Togo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroun, Central Africa and South Africa among others.

    Source: AFD


    Link Read more
    Link AFD Projects
    Link ACP high-level meeting on SME financing


  14. EU signs 1,5 million Euro grant contract for an ECOWAS regional energy efficiency project
    2011-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Union and the ECOWAS Commission recently signed a contract for the project “Supporting Energy Efficiency for Access in West AFRICA (SEEA- WA)”.

    The 2,3 million Euro project was submitted by the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and its partners to the call of the ACP-EU Energy Facility in 2010. Further co-funding was mobilized from the Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie (ADEME) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    The approved project will be implemented between 2011 and 2014 under the leadership of ECREEE in cooperation with the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Alternatives pour l'énergie, les énergies renouvelables et l'environnement (AERE) and ENERGIA. The project will be managed by the ECREEE Secretariat, based in Praia, Cape Verde.

    Source: ECREEE


    Link Read more
    Link ACP-EU Energy Facility
    Link ADEME


  15. Olivier de Schutter: CAP reform must put an end to dumping
    2011-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    “The CAP is a 50 billion euro contradiction of the EU’s commitment to help put developing world agriculture back on its feet, and will remain so under today’s reform plans. Farm subsidies of this magnitude will always produce distortions,” warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, in response to the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reform proposals from the European Commission.

    “The main victims are developing world farmers, who are crowded out of their own markets by subsidized western produce. The EU has opened its doors to developing world exports, but this is worth nothing if small-holders in the South cannot sell staple crops on their home markets,” Mr. De Schutter underlined.

    The Special Rapporteur noted that in their attempts to ensure access to food for vulnerable population groups, low-income countries often look to cheap food imports from abroad. But this makes these countries very vulnerable to price shocks, and it represents a strong disincentive for local producers. “We must help them succeed in a transition that will reduce their dependency on food imports in the long-term by rebuilding their broken agricultural systems,” he said, “not feed them – but help them feed themselves.”

    “Maintaining huge farm subsidies in the West cannot be justified by the objective of ‘feeding the world’. If increases in food production rise in tandem with further marginalization of small-scale farmers in developing countries, the battle against hunger and malnutrition will be lost.”

    The Special Rapporteur welcomed the European Commission’s plans to cap payments to the EU’s biggest farms, and to make a portion of subsidies subject to a higher environmental baseline. “Redirecting money away from large, polluting farms, and towards those who really need it, is a step in the right direction,” De Schutter stated. “But green requirements should underpin every penny of the taxpayer’s money - not a meager 30 percent. CAP reform should also do more to cut the EU’s dependency on the burgeoning soya and maize imports which feed European livestock, and strain natural resources in the rest of the world.”

    But he warned that the most worrying aspect is the CAP budget. “There is still too much public money being ploughed into making EU agriculture internationally competitive – money which cannot be matched in the developing world,” he said.

    Source: UN Special Representative on the Right to Food


    Link Read more
    Link New farm policy to lower output, distort trade
    Link EESC: For a multifunctional agriculture


  16. ALDE: CAP reform proposals fail sustainability and competitiveness test
    2011-10-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Food Security, Food Policy

    The European Commission's eagerly awaited proposals for an overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2013 have been criticised as a mixture between good and bad ideas that ultimately fail the key test of sustainability and competitiveness by the Liberal and Democrat Group (ALDE).

    Commenting after the presentation of the Commission's legislative package to the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee today, ALDE MEP George Lyon (Liberal Democrat, UK), who last year opened the debate on how to reform the CAP after 2013 with an own initiative report, said:

    "On the key test of whether the proposals will incentivise and develop a more sustainable, more competitive, more carbon efficient agriculture the whole package falls dreadfully short.

    "The greening of the direct payments as proposed by the Commission is nothing more than green-wash and the measures run a real risk of making European farmers less competitive. To quote just one concrete example, it is complete nonsense to require 7% of each farm's land to be set aside for ecological purposes at a time of food and energy scarcity."

    "However, I strongly welcome the proposals to target payments at active farmers, young farmers, green measures and farmers situated in areas under natural constraints who most need support. I also welcome the proposed further alignment of the CAP with the EU's 2020 strategy under rural development, in particular stressing research and innovation.

    "There will be political concerns and details to work out on the redistribution of payments between Member States and between farmers, most notably the transition from historic payments to area based systems.

    "Overall, the package needs to be greatly improved, if it is to win the support of the Parliament."

    Source: ALDE


    Link Read more
    Link S&D: Proposal good from afar, but far from good
    Link The Commission proposes a new CAP


  17. MEPs: EU should take lead in global fight against illegal fishing
    2011-10-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Illegal fishing distorts trade, hurts efforts to rebuild depleted stocks and conserve species and will have a long-term impact on the environment and food security, the Fisheries Committee warned Tuesday. An estimated 11-26 million tonnes of fish a year, representing 15% of global catches, comes from illegal fishing. The committee calls on the EU to promote global action, including more inspections at sea and closing markets to illegal fisheries products.

    The own-initiative report by Swedish Green Isabella Lövin says international cooperation is the only way to tackle the problem because of the mobility of fish stocks and fishing fleets and because around two thirds of the world's oceans are outside national jurisdictions. It also says that as a major fishing power and the biggest importer of fisheries products, the EU should play a key role.

    "The EU should do more to promote effective international cooperation to combat illegal fishing...we need to ensure that ruthless operators cannot simply change the flag of their vessels to avoid their responsibilities," Ms Lövin said. "With many fish stocks around the world already perilously threatened, illegal fishing could be the final straw."

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Read the draft report
    Link CTA Interview with Joseph Alcamo


  18. Green Growth Investment Forum in Brussels
    2011-10-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Archive

    The dualism of economic profit and sustainable development in the East Caribbean States (ECS) were at the core of a two-day conference in Brussels entitled “Green Growth Investment Forum”. The conference was organised by the embassy of the ECS in Brussels in cooperation with the CDE, CTA and other partners, and brought together politicians, tourism experts, farmers, scientists and other stakeholders.

    Speakers presented the Eastern Caribbean island states with their small size and their well-educated and highly motivated workforce as an attractive destination for investment from the EU, the US and other parts of the world. Due to high fuel prices and the location of the islands on a geothermal ridge, speakers said that the ECS offer many opportunities for investment in renewable energy facilities. If successful, these projects can later be upscaled to other regions in the world.

    One of the projects currently implemented by a Dutch Antilles company named West Indies Power Holdings is an electricity transmission cable between the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis which will help to distribute electricity generated from geothermal power across the two islands. The company aims at progressively linking all ECS via submarine electrical transmission cables within the next decade.

    Energy is not the only green investment object in the ECS however. Speakers also pointed to eco-tourism, the creative industries and other sectors of the economy as examples for lucrative future investment.

    CTA conducted several video interviews with the speakers:

    Source: CTA


    Link Read more
    Link CDE
    Link EU relations with the Caribbean


  19. EU programme to prevent blindness in the Caribbean
    2011-10-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    A five-year EU-funded programme is helping to prevent blindness in some of the poorer countries of the Caribbean region; Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia. It is being coordinated by the United Kingdom based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Sightsavers International, with its partners in the Caribbean.

    The multi-faceted project is funding a range of measures from the training of optometrists to the manufacturing of spectacles. On average, Caribbean nations have just one optometrist to 100,000 compared to one to every 10,000 in the United Kingdom. Seventy-four per cent of the programme’s €5,429,856 budget is from EU funds. Underway since January 2010, the programme is giving a boost to Vision 2020, the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020.

    Source: ACP-EU Courier


    Link Read more
    Link Sightsavers International
    Link Commission: DG Health


  20. Top scientists condemn EU land use values for biofuels
    2011-10-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Over 100 top scientists and economists have written to the European Commission calling for indirect land use change (ILUC) to be accounted for in EU biofuels policy making. The letter, seen by EurActiv, argues that assigning biofuels a zero or "carbon neutral" emissions value – as the EU has done – “is clearly not supported by the [best available] science”.

    Because of “flawed” accounting conventions, “the European Union's target for renewable energy in transport may fail to deliver genuine carbon savings in the real world,” the scientists argue.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU's green economy roadmap meets criticism
    Link EU renewable energy directive


  21. Budget 2012: figures now available
    2011-10-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Archive, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    The final figures for the budget 2012, as amended by the Budgets Committee, are now available. These are the results of two days of negotiations and voting and are to be used as Parliament's position in its negotiations with EU Member States.

    In general, MEPs sought to restore the draft budget proposed by the Commission, after cuts by the Council in July. The budget position of the Committee implies an increase in payments of 5,23% as compared to this year's budget and an increase of commitments of 3,95%. […]

    The categories that see the biggest increases in payments are Research and Development (+10.35%) and Cohesion and Structural funds (+8,38%). Another category that sees a significant increase is Freedom, Security and Justice (+6.84%), due to growing needs to manage refugee and migration flows and step up maritime surveillance in the Mediterranean.

    Key changes proposed by the Budgets Committee include increased spending on Palestine, maritime surveillance in the Mediterranean, managing refugee flows, EU2020 growth strategy-related programmes such as Life Long Learning, funding for vegetable producers and development aid for Asia and South America. Proposed savings as compared to the Commission proposal include €36 million on Common Foreign and Security Policy and almost €15 million in Parliament's own budget.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Consult the figures
    Link Commission: DG Budget


  22. EU finance ministers recommend progress on climate finance
    2011-10-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The 3115th Council meeting on Economic and Financial Affairs held in Luxembourg on 4 October 2011 has adopted conclusions on climate finance, in which the Council stresses the need to provide a transparent report on fast-start finance to ensure trust among UNFCCC parties, confirming that the EU will report in Durban on this issue.

    The Council, which met in Luxembourg, on 4 October 2011, underscored the need to address regulatory barriers and develop supporting policy frameworks for the private sector’s climate-related investments in developing countries, and to establish a robust carbon market driving the carbon price necessary for low-carbon investment.

    The Council also recommended seeking agreement on an open and transparent process to address the conclusions and recommendations of the forthcoming final report prepared for the G20 Finance Ministers meeting on climate finance sources; identifying a path for scaling up climate finance from 2013 towards 2020 in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation; carrying out further work on the carbon pricing of global aviation and maritime transportation within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop without delay a global policy framework avoiding competitive distortions or carbon leakage; and taking into account national budgetary rules and the UNFCCC principles and provisions in the use of potential revenues. The Council further proposed developing a common European position on the rules being developed in the UNFCCC on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of financial support.

    On an effective design for the Green Climate Fund as an element of an ambitious and balanced outcome in Durban, the Council emphasized the need for: transparent rules for the selection of projects and programmes; clear control procedures on the functioning of the Fund; complementarity to existing institutions; and the Fund to play a catalytic role in assisting developing countries in their efforts to pursue transformational low-carbon and climate-resilient development paths, including through effective and efficient mobilization of private capital, and provide support for adaptation.

    It also noted that the Standing Committee should assist the Conference of the Parties (COP) in providing guidance with respect to the UNFCCC financial mechanism aiming at improving coherence, encourage synergies and coordination in the delivery of international climate change financing; and specifically review the distribution of climate finance, identify finance gaps and provide a regular overview of climate financing provided to developing countries.

    Source: Council of Ministers/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link EU: no binding climate agreement in Durban
    Link Increased public concern on climate change in EU


  23. Severe drought in Tuvalu deprives citizens of water
    2011-10-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security, Archive

    Citizens in Tuvalu’s capital Funafuti have been imposed a cap of two water buckets a day due to severe drought in the small Pacific Island state, according to Reuters. The government has made an appeal to New Zealand and Australia to provide it with desalination equipment; air force planes from New Zealand and Australia did so on Friday. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said he was optimistic about the help provided by the desalination equipment, saying that it “will help ease the critical shortage and should provide a sufficient buffer if the dry period continues as expected."

    Source: CTA/Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to the Pacific
    Link EU cooperation with Tuvalu



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