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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 308]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 308]
Send date: 2012-02-03 19:33:08
Issue #: 124
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 6/02 to 12/02/2
  2. Our video guest: Laurent de Boeck, ACP Observatory on Migration
  3. Pastoralism: at the core of the next Brussels Development Briefing
  4. Ministers adopt conclusions on agri-environment support
  5. Jamaica to set sights on non-European markets
  6. Who is leading EP Committees?
  7. New strategy to improve animal welfare before the Council
  8. EU humanitarian aid management needs work
  9. Antigua & Barbuda and Martinique ink cooperation agreement
  10. Study on the Impact of tuna industry agreement
  11. The EU and Gabon: 'time for reflection'
  12. EU-Mauritius:Moving toward a new partnership agreement
  13. Ministers exhange views on Single CMO regulation
  14. EU-Mozambique: setting out fishing opportunities
  15. Tanzanian government asks the EC for EPA review
  16. Again a 'banana issue'?
  17. Cap and trade approach: "worse than ineffectual"
  18. INTA Committe to help bury the hatchet in beef hormone conflict
  19. ENVI committee gives a hand to EU emissions trading scheme
  20. Commission keeps watch over water quality
  21. Proposals to make trade and development instruments work together
  22. Fiji: closer to implementing fisheries legislation
  23. Angolan ambassador to the EU bids farewell to her colleagues
  24. Piebalgs to attend Addis Ababa summit


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 6/02 to 12/02/2
    2012-02-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -6 and 8 February: Committee on Foreign Affairs.
    -6 February: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
    -9 February: Committee on development
    Council of Ministers
    -7/8 February: Coreper II
    -7/8 February: Coreper I
    European Commission
    - 7 February: Conference on Energy Roadmap 2050
    ACP Group
    -9 February: Committee of ACP ambassadors
    Special date
    -7 February: 20th anniversary of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty

    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.




  2. Our video guest: Laurent de Boeck, ACP Observatory on Migration
    2012-02-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    We recently met with Laurent de Boeck, director of the ACP Observatory on Migration, an initiative of the ACP Group of States.  In particular, he delved deep into the Rabat process and explained to us the main 2012-2014 strategy challenges and stressed the positive effects of good management of migration policy, and the contribution to poverty reduction thereof.


    Link Watch the video
    Link ACP Observatory
    Link The Rabat Process


  3. Pastoralism: at the core of the next Brussels Development Briefing
    2012-02-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 22 February 2012 and will be organised in partnership with the African Union Commission, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
    Pastoralism will be at the core of our next Brussels Briefing. We will discuss the main challenges affecting the pastoralists, especially in the ACP countries, and the opportunities provided by existing continental and regional policy frameworks and processes. It will then focus on sharing good practices and experiences from the field across regions. We will also identify what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to increase support pastoralism.
    The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French. To see the programme (revised) to register for the Briefing and to follow the webstream on22 February (from 8h30 a.m. to13.00 p.m. CET) please visit brusselsbriefings.




  4. Ministers adopt conclusions on agri-environment support
    2012-02-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The Council recently adopted conclusions on a special report from the European Court of Auditors, entitled "Is agri-environment support well designed and managed?". The Court acknowledges that significant progress has been made since the introduction of agri-environment payments. Though the Council takes note of the recommendations, it points out  that the actual environmental benefits of these measures can be seen only after a certain period of time following their implementation.
    The Council also emphases that measures may aim at improving farming practices but also at maintaining environment-friendly practices.It is important to remember that, in October 2011, the Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation on rural development in the framework of the CAP reform. This proposal is currently being examined in Council along with the Council's preparatory bodies.
    These conclusions were adopted in the course of the 3140th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries.

    Source: Council of the European union


    Link Read more
    Link Read the report
    Link Agriculture and Fisheries Council


  5. Jamaica to set sights on non-European markets
    2012-02-03
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    As 2012 global economic prospects seem pessimistic, Dr. Peter Phillips, the Jamaican Finance Minister, has recently stressed that the country must find ways to boost its economy.  Following the IMF's negative growth outlook, he stressed demand for Jamaican exports may decrease and suggested “to redouble […] efforts to export more, to seek new markets, particularly in areas that are not as affected greatly by the recession […] to try and source investment funds from other places that are not going to be as affected by the recession as the United States and Europe”.
    International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently lowered its growth forecast for the global economy to 3.25 per cent in 2012, from the previous 4 per cent. As fiscal challenges facing European countries and the slower than expected recovery in the US economy and the rest of the developed world may make reduce Jamaican exports, Dr Peter Phillips fears that it means  “lower demand for some of [Jamaican] exports; […] slower remittance of earnings from Jamaicans overseas...depending on their personal situation”.

    Source: Caribbean 360


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Jamaica
    Link Trade Policy of Jamaica


  6. Who is leading EP Committees?
    2012-02-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    As we reported last week, parliamentary committees met to elect chairs and vice-chairs for the coming two and a half years, until the end of the current legislature in June 2014. But, who is leading the committees?
    Parliament's legislative work is carried out by 20 standing committees and two sub-committees. The EP website displays the list of the new chairs.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link EP committees
    Link Election of Chairs


  7. New strategy to improve animal welfare before the Council
    2012-02-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    As we reported in recent weeks, the European Commission adopted a new four-year strategy (2012-2015) that aims to further improve the welfare of animals in the European Union.  The Council, recently briefed by the Commission on this strategy, generally welcomed the main elements proposed.
    Member states welcomed some of the key points of the strategy such as having an harmonised implementation of the current legislative framework in this area, keeping consumers or better informed or optimising synergies with the CAP.
    However, some delegations pointed out the need for measures to ensure the global competitiveness of EU operators vis-à-vis third countries that do not apply the same animal welfare standards.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link The EC adopts new 4-year strategy
    Link The Strategy on Animal welfare


  8. EU humanitarian aid management needs work
    2012-02-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Aid effectiveness

    MEPs recently passed a regulation criticising the EU humanitarian aid management. Notably, they challenge the manner by which EU funds are funnelled through the United Nations.  As stressed by Martin Ehrenhauser, who prepared the resolution, “Humanitarian aid targets the ones that need it most. Every inefficiency costs human lives”.
    Parliament asks the European Commission's humanitarian aid and civil protection department  (ECHO) for more efficient and less bureaucratic aid-management, without sacrificing a high level of accountability and transparency. It also wants the Commission to assess the reliability of potential partner organisations better, so as to ensure that their management systems are in order.

    Source: European Parliament



    Link Read more
    Link Watch the debate
    Link ECHO


  9. Antigua & Barbuda and Martinique ink cooperation agreement
    2012-02-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    After several weeks spent negotiating the “Declaration of Intention of Cooperation”, Antigua & Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer signs a bilateral cooperation agreement with Martinique, less than a year after reaching a deal with Guadeloupe, another French Overseas Territory.
    According to Caribbean 360, Prime Minister Spencer and the President of the Regional Council of Martinique Serge Letchimy, sign the agreement following meetings with Ambassador of France to the OECS Member States Michel Prom and a representative of the French Development Agency.
    The agreement relates to the coordination of projects and activities that would facilitate closer ties within the Programme INTERREG IV “Caribbean” and the 10th European Development Fund Caribbean Regional Indicative programme.

    Source: Caribbean 360


    Link Read more
    Link French Development Agency
    Link Programme INTERREG IVC


  10. Study on the Impact of tuna industry agreement
    2012-02-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    As complaints and warnings about the pact between the European Union (EU) and the Pacific countries have increased over the course of the last few months, the European Parliament (EP) recently asked the European Commission (EC) to develop a study on the future impact of the fisheries agreement with Papua New Guinea on the Community industry, specifically in tuna.
    As Fish Information & Services (FIS) reports, Papua is considered a "danger" to the community canning industry. The European seafood canning industry is settled mainly in Spain, particularly in Galicia. The consultants already arrived to Vigo to collect data on the situation of the Spanish and European tuna industry. The next step is to travel to Papua to investigate the country's situation regarding sustainability of marine resources, as well as the economic, environmental and even health and hygiene conditions in which the production of tuna is carried out.

    Source: FIS


    Link Read more
    Link Papua New Guinea and the EU
    Link EU rules to benefit PNG tuna sector


  11. The EU and Gabon: 'time for reflection'
    2012-02-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    As the previous fishing agreement expired last December and negotiations for a new one faltering, the European Community's fleet may have to withdraw from Gabonese waters. The traditional EU clause on the respect of Human rights, along with the payment of financial compensation for fish catches seem to be the main reasons why Brussels and the Government of Gabon are struggling to reach an agreement.
    As Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki stresses, "it is impossible to issue fishing permits to European vessels outside the agreement, even without the protocol". Some MEPs have asked the Commissioner to seek quick solutions to renew the bilateral protocol, as that fishing area is one of the  main fishing ground of the Basque Atlantic Fleet. Damanaki, confesses that negotiations have not made much progress. "Both sides felt that it needed more time for reflection", she acknowledges.
    The fisheries agreement offered a compensation of EUR 860,000 to Gabon in exchange for licenses for 24 tuna seiners and 16 surface longliners.Of that total, Spain received 12 licenses for its tuna boats and 13 for its liners; France obtained 12 permits for its tuna purse, and Portugal, three licenses for its longline vessels.

    Source: FIS


    Link Read more
    Link The EU and Gabon
    Link No agreement


  12. EU-Mauritius:Moving toward a new partnership agreement
    2012-02-02
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Following discussions at the 3140th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, ministers adopted a decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with the aim of concluding a fisheries partnership agreement and protocol with the Republic of Mauritius. This new fisheries partnership agreement and protocol will be concluded in line with the 15 July 2004 Council conclusions on fisheries partnership agreements.
    The protocol will define the fishing opportunities to be granted to EU vessels, the financial compensation, the framework for the implementation of the sectoral support and the clauses related to the duration and the revision of the protocol.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EU and Mauritius
    Link Negotiations in Mauritius


  13. Ministers exhange views on Single CMO regulation
    2012-02-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Last week at the 3140th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, ministers discussed on the proposal for a regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP). The debate focused on the exceptional measures in case of market disturbances and on the proposed measures aiming at a more competitive and well functioning food supply chain, in particular the reinforcement of producer organisations.
    Regarding measures to respond rapidly to an agricultural crisis, most of the Member States considered the proposal went in the right direction. While some delegations welcomed the creation of a specific crisis fund in case of major disturbance applying to all the agricultural productions, some other highlighted the need for this fund to be used only in exceptional circumstances which should be clearly defined. In addition, some Member States questioned the financing of this crisis fund.
    Concerning the reinforcement of producer organisations and the role to attribute to interbranch organisations, many countries backed the proposals from the Commission. They considered that this should help to better balance the bargaining power of producers in the food chain. However a number of delegations stressed that the new rules concerning producer organisations should be voluntary in order to adapt to the different national situations. Some Member States insisted that this should not introduce a competition distortion.
    Many countries mentioned that the end of sugar quotas scheduled for 2015 should be postponed to allow the sector to better adapt.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link CMO
    Link CAP: wiser, though controversial


  14. EU-Mozambique: setting out fishing opportunities
    2012-02-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    In the course of the 3140th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, which was  held in Brussels on 23 January 2012, ministers  adopted a decision on the signing of  the provisional application of a protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and the Republic of Mozambique.
    The partnership agreement in the fisheries sector between the EU and Mozambique was concluded in 2007. 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 2 June 2011 with the previous protocol due to expire on 31 December 2011. 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.
    Additionally, the Council has notably adopted also a regulation concerning the allocation of fishing opportunities between member states.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link The EU and Mozambique
    Link Strengthening maritime capacities


  15. Tanzanian government asks the EC for EPA review
    2012-02-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    As the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations appear to be unfavourable for the economic growth of the East African member states, the Tanzanian government asks the European Commission for a review. In a recent joint meeting iith a Swedish delegation in Dar es Salaam, Industry, Trade and Marketing Minister Cyril Chami has stated  that  "[d]evelopment cooperation should be an integral part of EPA to ensure that EAC partner states ably adjust to the new challenges and maximally exploit benefits offered under the agreement."
    He has said that, even though both parties had affirmed their recognition of development needs for the EAC block, some of the items on the agenda have appeared to be depressing to EAC members.
    Notably, he thinks that the free movement of high quality European goods into the region will definitely kick out of competition raw and semi-processed goods from the EAC member states, further widening the development gap between the two economic blocks.

    Source: Tanzania Daily News


    Link Read more
    Link Tanzania-EU relations
    Link Implications of EPA in Tanzania


  16. Again a 'banana issue'?
    2012-02-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    As Peace FM online reports, the President of the newly-created African Pineapples and Bananas Association (APIBANA), Mr. George Kporye, urges government to sign the EPA with the EU. Kporye stresses that the agreement guarantees a quota-free entry into the European market and he is thankful that the interim EPA that Ghana initialled on December 13, 2007, allows pineapple and banana producers access into the European market tariff-free. “If Ghana does not sign the EPA, pineapple and banana producers will be subjected to tariffs, and we cannot afford that in the face of stiff competition”, he states.
    The president highlights that African producers face unequal competition from Latin American producers, through a set of agreements such as the Geneva agreement and the EU-Central American agreement -- both of which have changed the equilibrium of supply and demand in the EU market.

    Source: Peace FM Online/B&FT


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Ghana relations
    Link Bananas, EPAs and the WTO


  17. Cap and trade approach: "worse than ineffectual"
    2012-02-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    According to a briefing note published by FERN, which is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a Dutch Stichting created to keep track of the European Union’s involvement in forests and coordinate NGO activities at the European level, the favoured policy approach of cap and trade  has proved worse than ineffectual.
    FERN claims that the European Investment Bank (EIB) continues to fund a counter-productive and highly damaging policy of support for carbon trading through carbon funds, totalling over half a billion euros.
    The briefing, which is based on a report published by the organisations Counter Balance and Campagna per la riforma della banca mondiale (CRBM),   provides an overview of the publicly documented involvement of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in support of failing carbon markets.

    *Cap and trade: Cap and trade is one method for regulating and ultimately reducing the amount of pollution emitted into the atmosphere.

    Source: FERN


    Link Read more
    Link CB & CRBM report
    Link More about FERN


  18. INTA Committe to help bury the hatchet in beef hormone conflict
    2012-01-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    International Trade (INTA) Committee recently endorsed a proposed EU concession to help conclude the 20-year hormone beef trade war with the USA and Canada. “This will be a win-win resolution, as the EU keeps its ban on hormone treated beef imports without disadvantaging European agricultural products  while the USA and Canada gain a very useful quota fortheir non-hormone treated beef" exports, stated rapporteur Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl (EPP, DE).
    As the EP reports, the proposal would raise the EU import quota for beef from animals not treated with hormones. If approved next March by the full Parliament, the regulation will  allow third countries to sell the EU 48,200 tonnes of duty-free high-quality beef from animals not treated with growth-promoting hormones.
    In exchange, the US and Canada have already suspended import duties, amounting to almost $130 million, imposed on "blacklisted" EU farm produce.  Suspending these duties, which hit France, Germany, Denmark and Italy hardest, will enable these and other Member States to sell their chocolate, pork, Roquefort cheese, mustard, onions and truffles and other products to the USA and Canada at competitive prices.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link The beef-hormone dispute
    Link INTA Committee


  19. ENVI committee gives a hand to EU emissions trading scheme
    2012-01-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Based on the European Commission's 'Low Carbon Roadmap', the European Parliament recently adopted a report on EU climate change policy.  The roadmap calls for a reduction of EU greenhouse gas emissions. While the target by 2030 is to reduce these by over 40%, by 2050 the aim is 80%. The call by MEPs to 'retire' EU emissions permits, with the aim of addressing problems with the EU's emissions trading scheme, was met with approval by the Greens.
    As there was no call for the EU to step up to a 30% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2020, Bas Eickhout, climate spokesperson of the Greens, expressed his concerns, stressing the importance of both long- and short-term actions to tackle climate change. "EU climate policy is off track, we need to urgently address the problems with the EU's short-term 2020 climate goals.  If we are to have any chance of achieving what is necessary in the long term to avoid dangerous climate change”, he highlighted.

    Source: The Greens|European Free Alliance


    Link Read more
    Link EC Roadmap
    Link EC study on 30% target


  20. Commission keeps watch over water quality
    2012-01-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    As new forms of chemical pollution could threaten improvements in water quality, the Commission proposes to add 15 chemicals to the current 33 pollutants that are controlled in EU surface waters. The 15 substances include industrial chemicals as well as substances used in biocides, pharmaceuticals and plant protection products. The selection has been made on the basis of scientific evidence that these may pose a significant risk to health. Janez Potočnik, Environment Commissioner has welcomed this advance as “it is clearly answering people's expectations”
    The Commission will revise the Directive on priority substances in the field of water quality to do this update. For six of the 15 new priority substances the classification proposed would require their emissions to water to be phased out within 20 years. The proposal also includes stricter standards for four currently controlled substances, and a requirement to phase out the emissions of two others already on the list.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Directive on water quality
    Link List of substances


  21. Proposals to make trade and development instruments work together
    2012-01-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy, Archive

    Following the statements of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and the presentation of the communication "Trade, growth and development", the European Commission (EC) presents this week a series of proposals to make trade and development instruments work conjointly to ensure real poverty reduction across the world. The proposals notably aim at reinforcing the trade capacities of developing countries by making trade part of their development strategy.
    The role of trade is underlined one of the key drivers to support development, stimulate growth and to lift people out of poverty. Furthermore, today the EU calls for all developed economies to match its significant levels of market access to developing countries.
    According to the EC, to achieve this goal, developing countries' leadership must also face up to their responsibilities, undertaking domestic reforms to ensure that the poor do indeed benefit from trade-led growth.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link In favour of countries most in need
    Link Trade, growth and development


  22. Fiji: closer to implementing fisheries legislation
    2012-01-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Under the ACP Fish II Programme, Fiji will benefit from nine of the 26 fisheries projects, with a foreseen  budget of EUR3 million ($F6.9m). Pacific region projects will see Fiji in particular developing subsidiary legislation to implement fisheries legislation.
    Presently, a standard national monitoring control and surveillance operations manual is being introduced in Fiji, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga and Vanuatu.
    According to a statement of the African Caribbean Pacific Group of States Fish II programme (ACP Fish II), this manual is intended to be a reference document designed to guide monitoring control and surveillance (MCS) officers in the performance of their duties.

    Source: Fiji Times


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Fish II Programme
    Link Fiji-EU relations


  23. Angolan ambassador to the EU bids farewell to her colleagues
    2012-01-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Elizabeth Simbrão, Angolan ambassador to Belgium and the European Union,  has recently bid farewell to her colleagues of South Africa, Anil Sooklal, and Zambia, Inonge Bikusita-Lwanika. On the occasion, the diplomat, in her capacity as the coordinator of the group of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), said she is determined to reinforce this regional group's position.
    The act was witnessed by the secretary-general of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group as well as other diplomatic staffs.

    Source: AngolaPress


    Link Read more
    Link More about the SADC
    Link The EU and the SADC


  24. Piebalgs to attend Addis Ababa summit
    2012-01-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The Addis Ababa summit, which takes place on 29 and 30 January, sees the election of the AU College of Commissioners for the next four years. The Development Commissioner Piebalgs attends as an observer.  EU and African Union (AU) ties grow stronger.
    The summit will also decide which country will hold the AU Chair for 2012. With Central African Equatorial Guinea currently holding the Chair, the successor will come from West Africa.
    Notably, boosting intra-African trade will be the central theme of this year’s summit. The meeting is expected to endorse an action plan for boosting intra-African trade, as well as the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area by 2017.
    It is also expected to establish a ‘high-level African trade committee’, with Heads of State chairing regional economic communities that will review progress made in the implementation of regional commitments.

    Source: EEAS


    Link Read more
    Link The African Union (AU)
    Link Africa-EU partnership



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