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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 299]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 299]
Send date: 2011-11-18 17:55:16
Issue #: 115
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. Brussels Briefing: Food price volatility
  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 21/11 to 25/11/2011
  3. Our video guest: Ansgar Kiene, African Renewable Energy Alliance
  4. Fisheries partnership EU-Guinea Bissau can be provisionally applied
  5. Jamaica hosts ACP regional fisheries management workshop
  6. Danish support to education in developing countries in the top three
  7. Council discussions on development
  8. The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meets in Lomé
  9. Foreign Affairs Council debates the Horn of Africa and Somalia
  10. Illegal fishing: EP calls for international action to save fish stocks
  11. The Council outlines the EU’s position at Busan
  12. CAP reform: no agreement on direct payments yet
  13. External dimension of the common fisheries policy
  14. EP sends strong message ahead of Durban climate summit
  15. Consensus remains elusive as WTO ministerial looms
  16. Delegations propose a prolongation of the sugar regime
  17. Antigua & Barbuda: Non-state actors committee formed to work with EDF
  18. Greens say EU needs tougher import rules on feed crops
  19. Germany: More targeted and more effective use of development funds
  20. EU to collaborate with Nigeria on job creation
  21. Germany aims at strengthening economic relationship with Caribbean
  22. De Castro: need for a more flexible and productive CAP
  23. UK minister warns of emergency developing on Sudan border
  24. WTO: 13 ACP countries allowed to maintain export subsidies
  25. EU commits funds to combating climate change
  26. ACP primes for COP17 with energy summit


  1. Brussels Briefing: Food price volatility
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy, Archive

    The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 30 November 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various other partners.

    The Briefing will discuss the main challenges in food price volatility and give a summary of the key policy issues discussed at the G20 meeting which have implications for ACP countries. It will then focus on the effects of food price volatility on the ground by bringing various experiences from different actors. We will also identify what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to mitigate the negative effects of food price volatility.

    Among the speakers are Hafez Ghanem, deputy director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Máximo Torero, Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division in the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Mamadou Cissokho from the Réseau des Organisations paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA), Chris Moore from United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), representatives of the French and Mexican governments and others.

    To learn more and to register for the Briefing, please visit http://brusselsbriefings.net.


    Link Brussels Briefings
    Link NEPAD
    Link IFPRI
    Link BR25_Food_volatility_Programme.pdf

  2. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 21/11 to 25/11/2011
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -21-23 November: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament (Brussels)
    Council of Ministers
    -23 November: Coreper II, Coreper I
    -24 November: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (Energy) Council
    European Commission
    -23 November: Weekly meeting of the college
    -24 November: EU press conference ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban
    ACP-EU
    -16-23 November: 22nd meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Togo)
    ACP Group
    -16-23 November: 26th meeting of the ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Togo)

    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 ACP Group of States


  3. Our video guest: Ansgar Kiene, African Renewable Energy Alliance
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Archive

    Ansgar Kiene wears two hats. He is the Director of the World Future Council Africa and Coordinator of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA). In this interview, taken at a debate on renewable energy at the ACP Secretariat in the run-up to the Durban Climate Change Conference (COP17), Mr Kiene speaks about the perfect energy mix for Africa - and says why nuclear energy should not be a component in it.


    Link Watch the video
    Link African Renewable Energy Alliance
    Link CTA interview with Judith Sargentini


  4. Fisheries partnership EU-Guinea Bissau can be provisionally applied
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The 3123rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 14 November 2011 adopted a decision on the signing on behalf of the EU, and provisional application of the protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and the Republic of Guinea Bissau (15179/11).

    The partnership agreement in the fisheries sector between the EU and Guinea Bissau was concluded in 2008. The main objective of the protocol to this agreement is to define the fishing opportunities offered to EU vessels as well as the financial contribution due, separately, for access rights and for sectoral support. Following the negotiations, a new protocol was initialled on 15 June 2011 at the same date the current protocol expired. In order to allow EU vessels to carry out fishing activities, the new protocol should be signed and applied on a provisional basis, pending the completion of the procedures for its formal conclusion. In addition to the the signing of the provisional application of this new protocol, the Council adopted also a regulation concerning the allocation of fishing opportunities between member states (15177/11).

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link Council authorises fisheries negotiations
    Link EU-Guinea Bissau Fishing Agreement


  5. Jamaica hosts ACP regional fisheries management workshop
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The ACP Fish II Programme enters its second phase concentrating efforts on boosting fisheries management in the Caribbean. In an effort to increase knowledge sharing at the regional level, Jamaica is hosting the Third Regional Programme Monitoring and Training Workshop over four days since on November 15, 2011.

    Participants from 15 CARIFORUM countries at the highest levels of Government and other fisheries interest are gathering with a view to highlight the objectives and benefits of the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy. They are meeting to analyse the operations of the ACP Fish II Programme implementation and to participate in training on the preparation of Terms of Reference within the European Development Fund (EDF) Project Cycle.

    The four-day workshop forms part of a larger global project to strengthen fisheries management, improve food security and alleviate poverty in 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) member states. “The ACP Fish II Programme is a four and a half year, EUR€30.0M programme funded by the European Union through the EDF. It has been formulated to design and develop planning and management capacities in ACP countries,” indicated Sandra Grant, ACP Fish II Programme Regional Manager for the Caribbean. […]

    The Programme will result in improved legislation and management documents with Caribbean countries also being able to boost their surveillance systems, said Ms Grant.


    Link Read more
    Link EU relations with Jamaica
    Link Caricom


  6. Danish support to education in developing countries in the top three
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Over the next four years Denmark will contribute more than one billion DKK to basic education through the Global Partnership for Education, and will thus be the third largest contributor. At the same time developing countries will increase their own allocations to education by more than 10 billion DKK (1.34 billion EUR) during the same period.

    A summit on basic education in developing countries resulted in significant financial pledges from representatives from the 52 participating countries. The donors pledged to increase their support to education by 8.1 billion DKK (1.09 billion EUR) until 2014. During the same period the developing countries pledged to increase their own allocations for basic education by more than 10 billion DKK (1.34 billion EUR).  

    The significant increase of funds will improve the lives of millions of children, who will now go to school for the first time. At the same time, it will ensure that the children, who are already in school, in fact learn to read and write.

    Source: danidadevforum.um.dk


    Link Read more
    Link Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry
    Link EU announces new support for education


  7. Council discussions on development
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy

    The 3124th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 14 November 2011 adopted conclusions that constitute the EU position with a view to conducting the performance review of the 10th European Development Fund together with the ACP states (16461/11). The performance review assesses the financial performance, as well as the quantitative and qualitative performance of the 10th EDF (2008-2013), and in particular the results and the impact, measured in terms of progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Council also adopted conclusions on the annual report concerning the EU's development and external assistance policies and their implementation in 2010 (16768/11) and considered proposals for the future approach to EU budget support to third countries (15561/11).

    The European Parliament this week debated the work of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in 2010 and passed a report on accountability in development finance.

    Source: Council of Ministers/CTA


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link Accountability in development finance
    Link EP: Foreign Affairs Committee


  8. The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meets in Lomé
    2011-11-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy, Archive

    Lomé, the capital of Togo, will host a meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly from 16 to 23 November, the Vice-President of the Togolese National Assembly, Sélom Komi Klassou, told the press on Monday. [...]

    Apart from recommendations and resolutions which are set to conclude the meeting, discussions and debates about the food situation in Africa, access to medication, the Arab Spring and its repercussions as well as the proliferation of weapons in the world are planned.

    Three workshops on social order will also be held during the meeting. The focus on the topics “Energy challenges in developing countries: What are the perspectives? The example of electricity”; “Problems of public health, malaria and its socio-economic consequences” and “Participatory approach of youth to the development process: strategies against poverty and youth unemployment”. A special forum is set to be held on the “Role of women in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts”.

    The meeting will end with the adoption of recommendations and resolutions on different subjects relating to development and to peace.

    Source: Afrique Jet


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link More information
    Link Joint Parliamentary Assembly


  9. Foreign Affairs Council debates the Horn of Africa and Somalia
    2011-11-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The Foreign Affairs Council debated the situation in the Horn of Africa and in Somalia. It adopted a Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa, which is to guide EU action for greater peace, stability, security, prosperity and accountable government in the region. The Strategic Framework sets out five areas for EU action: Building robust and accountable political structures; contributing to conflict resolution and prevention; mitigating security threats emanating from the region; promoting economic growth, and supporting regional economic cooperation.

    The Council also welcomed the High Representative’s proposal to appoint an EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the Horn of Africa, focusing in the first instance on Somalia, the regional dimension of the conflict and piracy, and looks forward to the development of action plans to support implementation of the Strategic Framework.

    Ministers highlighted that continued EU engagement in the Horn of Africa will be in support of both regional efforts, including through the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU), and national efforts to achieve lasting peace, security and justice, good governance based on the democratic principles of inclusion, the rule of law and respect for human rights. The Strategic Framework also recognises the need to protect European citizens from the threats that emanate from some parts of the region, including terrorism, piracy and the proliferation of the arms. It also identifies a number of common challenges such as climate change and migration.

    Finally, the Council stressed that the EU remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis affecting several countries in the Horn of Africa. Building on existing support provided to date (over € 760 million), ministers said that the EU would continue to provide neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations and calls for increased assistance from and coordination of all donors. They also called on all parties to ensure safe and unhindered access by humanitarian actors in accordance with international humanitarian principles.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link Commission: DG ECHO
    Link African Union


  10. Illegal fishing: EP calls for international action to save fish stocks
    2011-11-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    To protect law-abiding EU fishermen and to preserve biodiversity of the world's oceans, the EU must promote international action to fight illegal fishing, including stepping up inspections at sea, closing markets to illegal seafood and imposing sanctions on negligent states, says resolution voted by Parliament on Thursday.

    Because two thirds of world's oceans are beyond national jurisdiction and fish stocks and fishing fleets are highly mobile, illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing can be effectively tackled only by international cooperation, said MEPs, stressing that the EU, as the world's major fishing power, should play a key role in mobilising the international community to this end.

    "The EU needs to do more to promote effective international cooperation to combat illegal fishing", said rapporteur Isabella Lövin (Greens/EFA, SE) stressing that "we need to ensure that ruthless operators cannot simply change the flag of their vessels to evade their responsibilities. With many fish stocks around the world already perilously threatened, illegal fishing could be the final straw".

    An estimated 15% of world catches - between 11 and 26 million tonnes a year - come from illegal fishing. Sustainable management of marine resources is impossible unless illegal fishing is tackled, says the text.

    Parliament urges the Commission and Member States to press the issue in international fora and to consult major market states, such as the US, Japan and China, about developing international legal instruments, possibly under the UN auspices, to halt, prosecute and punish trade in IUU fish.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Read the resolution
    Link EP adopts Integrated Maritime Policy


  11. The Council outlines the EU’s position at Busan
    2011-11-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy

    Ownership and accountability are two of the main aspects that the EU wants to stress at the 4th High-level Forum on Aid effectiveness from 29 November to 1 December in Busan, South Korea. The Foreign Affairs Council this week issued the EU’s position for the forum, after the Commission had published a communication on the subject in September and the European Parliament had outlined its position in October.

    Foreign affairs ministers highlight that the EU performs above average in implementing its commitments undertaken under the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action, but that more progress was necessary. While there has been progress on developing country ownership of development projects, results are less satisfactory with regard to accountability and managing for development results. Ministers concede that the EU has not been successful enough in alignment, predictability and use of programme-based approaches to development. To reduce aid fragmentation, the European Commission has recently published the EU Donor Atlas 2011 which brings transparency to the EU’s development initiatives. In their position for Busan, foreign affairs ministers also vow to establish an EU Transparency Guarantee to increase accountability and predictability. They furthermore hold that it is important to strengthen accountability and transparency mechanisms in developing country governments, while stressing that mutual accountability frameworks and alignment with developing country priorities should be led by the partner countries.

    With regard to development financing, the Council proposes to increase public-private partnerships and to give a stronger role to private initiatives. It calls on the private sector to take an active role in development cooperation through the promotion of joint innovation and inclusive business models and corporate social responsibility practices. The Council also recommends the creation of an enabling environment for private sector development in developing countries and suggests innovative financial instruments as well as a blending of grants and loans that enhance the catalytic role of aid in promoting private sector engagement and private sector development.

    Source: CTA


    Link Read the Council conclusions [PDF]
    Link Commission communication on Busan
    Link EP Resolution on Busan


  12. CAP reform: no agreement on direct payments yet
    2011-11-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Food Policy

    At the Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 14 November 2011, the ministers had an exchange of views on a regulation establishing rules for direct payment to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) (15396/11).

    As regards the proposed structure for direct payments for 2014-2020, and the possible adjustments to envisage, several member states questioned the proposed definition of "active farmer" and some elements of the "greening", like the share of national envelopes devoted for this task of fraction of agricultural land to become ecological focused areas. However, actions proposed in favour of small farms and young farmers were generally well received, also some countries thought they should be voluntary.

    In addition, a vast majority of delegations insisted that the new procedures for direct payments seemed to run counter to the important objective of simplification of the CAP.

    Concerning the distribution of direct payments between member states several member states raised concerns or stated their opposition to the proposed redistribution of payments between member states. The proposal on direct payments is part of the CAP reform package which was presented by the Commission during the last Agriculture Council in October. At this occasion, the Council held a public debate on the whole package.

    Together with the proposals on rural development, on single common market organisation and on the financing of the CAP, the regulation one direct payments is one of the four main proposals which have to be co-decided by ordinary legislative procedure (OLP) between the Council and the European Parliament. Concerning the CAP reform, the Council will hold one more policy debate on rural development in December.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link CAP: An exchange of view in the EP
    Link EU cereals market information


  13. External dimension of the common fisheries policy
    2011-11-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The 3123rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 14 November 2011 held an exchange of views on the communication from the Commission on the external dimension of the common fisheries policy (CFP) (12517/11) as part of the proposals for the reform of the CFP.

    Most of the delegations noted the importance of the external dimension of the CFP as international fish stocks are crucial for the EU. Furthermore, they insisted also on the key role which should be played by regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) and bilateral agreements.

    Transparency with regard to the exploitation levels in the waters under the jurisdiction of the coastal states and with regard to evaluation of bilateral agreements including scientific stock assessment was mentioned as an important issue.

    Concerning the financial contribution by the ship-owners benefitting from access to the high sea and from access to waters under bilateral agreements certain member states feared about a loss in competitivity while most of the other considered that this contribution should increase as suggested by the Commission.

    Level playing field vis-à-vis third countries was considered by the majority of the delegations as an essential dimension of the future CFP. Some member states insisted on trade measures as an instrument for defending the CFP.

    Finally, some member states were in favour of Council conclusions following those on the Fisheries Partnership Agreements adopted in 2004 but most of the delegations would prefer that the main elements of the external dimension of the CFP being introduced in the legal proposals. During the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in July 2011, the Council launched the CFP reform process by holding a public exchange of views on Commission proposals on this subject (13028/11). At this occasion, several member states noted that EU's external fishery policy had been given a specific place in the proposals. In its communication on the external dimension of the CFP, the Commission noted that in a context where 85% of the world fish stocks are reported as being either fully exploited or overexploited, the EU is one of the very few major players with a strong presence in all of the world’s oceans through its fleets and investments, bilateral agreements with third countries and participation in most relevant RFMOs. In addition, the EU also constitutes a main market for fishery products in terms of consumption and imports. All this gives the EU a responsibility by contributing to long-term sustainability worldwide through enhancing the performance of RFMOs and improving the functioning of bilateral fisheries agreement.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link Commission: Fisheries partnerships
    Link Commissioner Damanaki's speech


  14. EP sends strong message ahead of Durban climate summit
    2011-11-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Policy

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 16 November setting out its position on the forthcoming UN climate summit in Durban (COP17) and its demands for the EU position. The Greens welcomed the clear message calling for the EU to commit to continuing the Kyoto Protocol, a key issue for the forthcoming summit. Commenting on the outcome, Green MEP Bas Eickhout, who will represent the Greens on the EP delegation to the COP17, said:

    “The EP has sent a clear message that EU needs to stop prevaricating and instead finally commit to continuing with the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012. With the UN climate talks in a state of protracted limbo, a clear commitment from the EU to Kyoto beyond 2012 would give a new impetus to the talks and the need for a comprehensive binding international climate agreement.

    "Clearly, resolving the current flaws and loopholes under the Kyoto Protocol - notably on how emissions from forestry and land use are accounted, as well as the issue of hot air or surplus emissions permits - is essential if the protocol is to be environmentally sound. We welcome that the EP has again made this clear today. The current greenhouse gas target of a 20% reduction by 2020 is clearly at odds with the EU's pledge to limit the increase in global temperatures to below 2 degrees. We welcome that the EP has highlighted this and the need for the EU to step up its target. It is high time the Commission and EU governments delivered on this.”

    Climate commission Connie Hedegaard had spoken to the Parliament the day before, stressing that “Europe is not the problem; we do as much as we can.” Hedegaard suggested that the Commission was aiming for a binding international agreement at Durban, but would also be prepared to consider a second commitment period until 2020, provided that it would be the last commitment period before a binding international agreement. Besides. Hedegaard said that accepting a second commitment period would be conditional upon a clear timeline: “When will other major economies commit, and when will they commit in the same legal form as we do?”

    Source: The Greens/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link More information
    Link Speech by Climate Commissioner Hedegaard


  15. Consensus remains elusive as WTO ministerial looms
    2011-11-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    WTO members are struggling to find consensus on a host of topics as the 15-17 December ministerial meeting draws nearer. Despite a plethora of proposals on possible non-Doha work, ranging from least developed country (LDC) accessions through to humanitarian food aid, deep-seated divisions between members continue to stymie progress on even a low-ambition outcome for the gathering, sources say.

    Amid growing uncertainty over whether trade ministers will be able to reach agreement on a joint ministerial declaration, with one official calling it a “more and more remote possibility,” some trade officials told “Bridges Weekly” that the conference might now aim merely to produce a ‘chair’s statement’, describing some of the issues that ministers had discussed.

    Although less authoritative than a collective communiqué by members, the tactic could allow the global trade body to skirt some of the disagreements that have emerged in the wake of countries’ recognition that the Doha Round of trade talks remains at an impasse. […]

    The African Group has submitted a set of proposals, including for a ‘standstill provision’ that would freeze domestic support for cotton at historically-low current levels. In addition, net-food importing developing countries have argued in favour of a work programme on food price volatility. The African Group has also proposed providing greater flexibility to least-developed and developing countries that wish to join the WTO.

    The G-90, which includes the African Group, the ACP (African, Caribbean, and Pacific) Group, and least developed countries, is also bringing a proposal on mainstreaming development within the scope of the Committee on Trade and Development.

    Copyright © International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, ICTSD. All rights reserved.

    Also have a look at the latest Cotton newsletter produced by the ideasCENTRE on the 10th anniversary of the WTO.


    Link Read more
    Link UN expert: Food security hostage to trade in WTO negotiations
    Link The WTO has failed developing nations


  16. Delegations propose a prolongation of the sugar regime
    2011-11-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The 3123rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 14 November 2011 was briefed on the prolongation of the sugar regime to 2020 at the request from the Hungarian delegation, supported by the French, Lithuanian, Austrian and Romanian delegations (16666/11).

    Because of the considerable price volatility in the world sugar market, these delegations and some others would like the sugar regime to be maintained until 2020 in its existing form. If some member states could envisage a limited extension of the quota regime in order to avoid a brutal disruption in the sugar production, some other countries reject the idea of any prolongation of this regime.

    The countries in favour of maintaining the quota regime until 2020 noted that the world indicator price for raw sugar witnessed a succession of peaks and downward corrections. Market fundamentals driving volatile prices were large. Global sugar deficits in the previous two seasons and adverse weather in a number of countries reduced the size of the expected rebound and produced higher prices. World sugar stocks, which had already been drawn down, fell to their lowest level in 20 years in 2010-11. This has led to higher as well as more volatile market prices.

    Source: Council of Ministers


    Link Read more [PDF]
    Link ACP countries deplore CAP proposal
    Link Commission: The CAP post-2013


  17. Antigua & Barbuda: Non-state actors committee formed to work with EDF
    2011-11-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    Nine non-governmental groups in Antigua & Barbuda have united to form a Non-State Actors Advisory Committee to work with the European Development Fund (EDF) and the government in formulating developmental objectives and paths, particularly as they relate to EU-funded programmes and projects.

    According to the original Cotonou Agreement, which is the framework for the EU’s relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), Non-State Actors (NSAs) are to be included in the implementation of development policies and programmes related to the European Development Fund. These NSAs are recognised as essential in ensuring the relevance and impact of co-operation policies and programmes developed between the EU and the signatory countries.

    Source: Antigua Observer


    Link Read more
    Link European Development Fund
    Link EU cooperation with Antigua and Barbuda


  18. Greens say EU needs tougher import rules on feed crops
    2011-11-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive, ACP-EU Trade

    European consumers who have little appetite for genetically modified foods are indirectly eating the crops anyway through imported feed crops, say members of the Greens group in the European Parliament who are calling for a shift in trade and farming practices.

    The Greens yesterday (9 November) urged the European Commission to rethink its trade ties with Latin American nations in the Mercosur trade bloc that grow a large part of the protein plants used in animal feed in Europe.

    The political group also wants the Commission to strengthen agricultural policies that promote diversity and reduce imports of such plants.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU relations with Mercosur
    Link The Greens/EFA


  19. Germany: More targeted and more effective use of development funds
    2011-11-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Policy

    With its new list of cooperation countries the BMZ is putting into practice yet another point set out in the Coalition Agreement, namely to focus on working with a limited number of countries within the context of bilateral development cooperation and the European and international division of labour. In the future, instead of working with 58 countries, as was the case at the start of the present legislative period, there will be just 50 developing coun­tries where the Ministry is engaged in bilateral country programmes with the full spectrum of official de­vel­op­ment assistance instru­ments. The criteria for cooperation set forth in the Coalition Agree­ment (good governance, poverty and need, significance of German assistance, sources of danger and strategic partnerships) were referred to when amending the list of countries. Political considerations (including human rights, global public goods, special treatment for fragile and post-conflict states, German interests and aspects of the EU division of labour) also played a part in the decision process.

    Source: BMZ


    Link Read more
    Link New BMZ development strategy
    Link Aid Effectiveness Forum in Busan


  20. EU to collaborate with Nigeria on job creation
    2011-11-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    European Union is set to partner with the Federal Government on job creation, in a bid to address the issue of unemployment in the country. Head of European Union Delegation, Nigeria and Ecowas, Mr. David Macrae, stated this when he met with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, recently in Abuja. Marcrae expressed the organisation's willingness to assist Nigeria in the fight against unemployment especially in line with the transformational agenda of the government.

    "I think it is right to say that amongst issues of the highest importance to the good of Nigerians is the quest for employment which government alone can not do and as the Minister of labour you have the direct involvement" he said.

    He lauded the planned removal of oil subsidy initiative of President Goodluck Jonathan, stating that the attendant benefits far out-weighed the present practice.

    The envoy called on Nigerians to support the deregulation policy of the Federal Government as it was in the best interest of the masses that subsidy be removed and accrue resources channelled toward other developmental projects, which are sure way to generating jobs for the teeming populace.

    Source: AllAfrica/This Day


    Link Read more
    Link EU Delegation to Nigeria
    Link Nigeria afraid of spillovers from EU debt crisis


  21. Germany aims at strengthening economic relationship with Caribbean
    2011-11-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The newly-founded European Union - Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC) has opened its headquarters aimed at developing economic relations between the German government and Caribbean and Latin American countries.

    The northern port city of Hamburg had applied to be the headquarters of the foundation, and received the honour with the recommendation of high-ranking EU officials and regional countries, local officials said.

    Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz said he will now receive German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, president of the foundation Benita Ferrero-Waldner and executive director Jorge Valdez, in addition to the high-ranking representatives of the 60 participating nations.

    He told reporters that the foundation will serve as a “catalyst for joint strategies and actions,” stepping up relationship between Europe and the region “at all levels”. As the third-largest port in Europe, Hamburg has traditionally had close contact with the region, Scholz said.

    Source: Guyana Times


    Link Read more
    Link Creation of the EU-LAC Foundation
    Link EU relations with the Caribbean


  22. De Castro: need for a more flexible and productive CAP
    2011-11-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security, Food Policy

    History and budget merge in the Common Agricultural Policy, making it one of the most important action plans for the EU. The discussion about the future CAP is not only crucial for farmers but for all European citizens, since it deals with the challenge of food security, Agriculture Committee Chair Paolo De Castro said as negotiations start on a new EU farm policy for 2014-2020.

    The main challenge for European farmers will be to "produce more, but pollute less", he said, stressing the importance of a reliable CAP budget in order to meet the challenge of food supply. The Italian Socialist said that the farm budget, which accounts for around 40% of the total EU budget, is modest compared to other big economies: "There are 2 million farmers in the US and their budget is twice as big as the EU's. We have 10 million farmers. We went from 15 to 27 countries with the same budget."

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link The Council discusses the CAP [PDF]
    Link Exchange of views EP-Commission


  23. UK minister warns of emergency developing on Sudan border
    2011-11-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    Thousands of Southern Sudanese risk being caught in a humanitarian crisis because the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan have failed to take responsibility for their own people, Minister Stephen O’Brien warned today after visiting a transit camp where families are stuck north of the border.

    More than 700,000 southerners living in Sudan lost their Sudanese nationality at the time of secession and were given nine months to ‘regularise their status’. But as the half way mark of that deadline approaches, neither Sudan nor South Sudan have decided what that means in practice.

    Amid the confusion, thousands of people are desperate to make their way to the South.  More than 12,000 are stranded in the town of Kosti waiting for safe passage across the border, with thousands more waiting in Khartoum for help. Having abandoned their homes, jobs and all but the belongings they can carry, they have travelled hundreds of miles to build a new life in Africa’s newest nation. They have been forced to live in makeshift shelters with little access to food and water as they wait an average of 108 days for a barge to take them down the Nile, the only safe route to South Sudan.

    Barge numbers are limited because there is only one company that supplies boats which can transport southerners on the long journey in a humane way – with toilets, water and medical supplies on board. This has put intense strain on water, sanitation and health provisions as the transit camp was originally intended for just 1,600 individuals and up to 200 people continue to arrive every week.

    Source: DFID


    Link Read more
    Link EU special representative for Sudan
    Link Government of South Sudan


  24. WTO: 13 ACP countries allowed to maintain export subsidies
    2011-11-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The WTO’s Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures allowed 13 ACP countries to maintain their export subsidies programmes until the end of 2012. The beneficiary countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Jamaica, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. WTO accessing requires a phasing out of export subsidy programmes vis-à-vis WTO member countries.

    Source: WTO/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Group of States
    Link World Trade Organisation


  25. EU commits funds to combating climate change
    2011-11-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    EU finance ministers on 8 November pledged to add €7.2 billion in short term funds to help poor countries deal with the effects of climate change.

    “Despite the severe economic downturn and strong fiscal constraints in Europe, we have mobilised €2.34 bn also in 2011,” said the EU's Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.

    “This figure shows Europe's clear commitment to support actions for reducing emissions and adapting to climate change in developing countries. And after the first year of funding, it's very encouraging to see tangible results in a number of developing countries.”

    Oxfam however criticised that a part of the money was already committed in a different development package, leaving an amount between 870 million EUR and 1.4 billion EUR as pure new funding.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Read the Council conclusions [PDF]
    Link MEPs demand strong EU position for Durban


  26. ACP primes for COP17 with energy summit
    2011-11-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment

    Key talks amongst members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States will take place this week in Brussels in preparation for the United Nations’ global conference on climate change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa in late November.

    The ACP Group will hold a one-day conference on renewable energy on Monday 14 November, before spending the next two days exchanging views towards a common position for COP17, hosted this year by ACP member state South Africa.

    “Energy is a very critical topic for the ACP region, especially since it plays a major part in development itself. We are not only looking at how to unlock solutions to energy crises in our developing nations, but also how to do so in ways that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. The link between sustainable energy practices and climate change is very explicit,” stated Assistant Secretary General of the ACP Group, Mr Achille Bassilekin III.

    The Conference on Renewable Energy will bring together about 200 key stakeholders from across Europe and the ACP countries to share information and make recommendations on benefits of renewables and investment opportunities.

    Based on the presentations and roundtable dialogue, experts will draft a detailed action plan for promoting partnerships on energy sources in ACP countries, including a sound response to climate change. The document will be published at a later date.

    ACP Ambassadors will then hold preparatory meetings for COP17 on 15 and 16 November.

    Source: ACP Group of States


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Commonwealth states call for climate action
    Link Climate change conference in Durban



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