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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 315]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 315]
Send date: 2012-03-23 18:38:09
Issue #: 131
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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 26/03 to 01/04/2012
  2. Our video guest: Joep Van Mierlo,Director of VSF-Belgium
  3. Next Brussels Development Briefing: Small island economies
  4. Ministers discuss CAP reform simplification
  5. Ministers exchange views on the EMFF
  6. Europeans think EU should better address water problems
  7. FAO-EU Partnership reinforces production capacity in rural communities
  8. Guidelines for land tenure and access to fisheries and forests
  9. Doha: developing countries subject to the 'new stances of the rich'
  10. Agricultural Growth in Africa: still powerless to improve livelihoods
  11. Angola-Portugal Environmental Cooperation: “Positive and healthy”
  12. INTA Committee to pressure EAC to unlock negotiations
  13. EP to help bridge divide between developed and developing economies
  14. EU's approach on trade, growth and development for the coming decade
  15. Comprehensive review of the EU GSP for developing countries
  16. ENVI committee responds to EU failure in meeting biodiversity targets
  17. ACP on ambitious EPA deadline: EU lacks understanding
  18. Council authorises EC to open FPA negotiations with Kiribati
  19. EPAs improve the flow of investments between the EU and CARIFORUM
  20. 'Delighted' by Fairtrade
  21. Ministers adopt conclusions on the external dimension of the CFP
  22. SHARE: An EU programme to improve food security in the Horn of Africa
  23. Another stinging rebuke of the EPAs


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 26/03 to 01/04/2012
    2012-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -28-29 March: Mini plenary session (Strasbourg)
    -27 March: Committee on Foreign Affairs
    -27 March: Committee on Development
    -26-27: Commission on International Trade
    Council of Ministers
    -28/30 March: COREPER I
    -28-29  March: COREPER II
    -26 March: General Affairs Council (International Trade)
    ACP Group
    -26  March: S/C on Political, Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Affairs
    -27 March: Enlarged Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
    -27 March: W/G on the Future perspectives of the ACP Group
    -29 March: Committee of Ambassadors
    -30 March: 4th meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration

    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: Joep Van Mierlo,Director of VSF-Belgium
    2012-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Food Security, Archive, Food Policy

    During the last Brussels Development Briefing,  held last February and which dealt with Pastoralism, experts and policy-makers discussed the main challenges and opportunities for pastoralists in ACP countries. But how are these issues dealt with on the European side of the equation? Joep Van Mierlo, Director of Veterinarians Without Borders-Belgium, met with CTA-Brussels and spoke about the main goals of the organisation and its work in Africa.


    Link Watch the video
    Link VSF-Belgium
    Link Briefing on Pastoralism


  3. Next Brussels Development Briefing: Small island economies
    2012-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Environment, Archive, ACP-EU Policy, Food Security, Regional Fisheries

    The next Brussels Development Briefing will focus on  “Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities” and take place on April 4th, 2012. It will be organised by the CTA, with the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
    The Briefing will discuss policy options to reduce the vulnerability of small islands economies. We will also discuss some best practices to enhance sustainable development, especially in the context of Rio+20.
    You can follow the updates and register online at brusselsbriefings.


    Link Read the programme


  4. Ministers discuss CAP reform simplification
    2012-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Trade

    Ministers recently held an exchange of views on the simplification within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. Many delegations expressed concern as the six principles which were outlined in March 2011, have not been taken sufficiently into account in the CAP reform package presented by the Commission. Fearing the potential significant increase in the administrative burden, most delegations voiced concern over the introduction of a definition of an active farmer.
    Many member states suggested that it should be left to subsidiarity. The issues of greening, and the new payment model were discussed, as they would all represent an increase in administrative costs. Some delegations questioned the benefits of the greening measures, such as permanent grassland, crop diversification and ecological focus area. In light of the significant administrative costs involved, delegations stressed the need for value added.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link CAP reform
    Link The six principles are missing


  5. Ministers exchange views on the EMFF
    2012-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    In the course of the last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, which was held in Brussels, ministers exchanged views on the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF).  Delegations mentioned aquaculture as a key EU priority to meet the objectives and obligations of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
    Notably, 16 member states presented a joint declaration on enhanced support for aquaculture enterprises from the EMFF (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain). Research and innovation were also mentioned as key priorities of the EMFF.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the CFP
    Link The EFF


  6. Europeans think EU should better address water problems
    2012-03-23
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive

    According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, around the 75% of Europeans think that the EU should propose additional measures to address water problems in Europe. Likewise, some 62 % of citizens also feel they are not sufficiently well informed, while 67 % think the most effective means of reducing water-related problems would be awareness-raising about this issue.
    European Commissioner Janez Potocnik stresses that the EU has been working for years to improve water quality and gave some examples, such as the fact that “many more towns and cities have proper treatment of their waste water” or “[s]pecies like salmon have reappeared in a number of European rivers where they were no longer found”. However, Ms Potocnik  recognises that “droughts and floods are becoming more common, and Europe's waters are under increasing pressure from challenges such as pollution and climate change”.
    In accordance to the results, the European Commissioner  concludes: “Citizens realise this and they are asking the EU to respond. These results are an important input to the coming Blueprint to Safeguard European Waters."

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Read the results
    Link Blueprint to safeguard Europe's Waters


  7. FAO-EU Partnership reinforces production capacity in rural communities
    2012-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security

    Since 2007, the Sudan Productive Capacity Recovery Programme-Capacity Building (SPCRP-CB/Sudan) tries to strengthen capacities in rural communities and government line ministries in the states of South Kordofan, Blue Nile, River Nile, Red Sea and the Abyei Administrative Area. The project, which is a six-year partnership between FAO, the EU and the Government of Sudan,  was launched with an EU-contribution of €19 million.
    Its aim is to  build a strong and sustainable agricultural sector, the programme reflects the EU’s commitment to peace-building through recovery activities in support of food security and rural development.
    To-date, almost 3 000 government staff have been trained in planning, management and administration of development programmes and policy formulation. In addition, , policy groups and database systems have been  set up to monitor and evaluate agricultural production, while state ministry buildings were either built or rehabilitated.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link EU-FAO Partnership
    Link EU and Sudan ties to grow stronger


  8. Guidelines for land tenure and access to fisheries and forests
    2012-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, Food Security, Rural development

    International talks to finalize negotiations on a proposed set of Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security were recently concluded at FAO. Ninety-six countries, in addition to the EU as an FAO member organization,  along with nongovernmental groups, civil society organizations, UN agencies and other international organizations, farmers associations, and private sector representatives have been taking part in several rounds of talks by an Open Ended Working Group established by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to negotiate the text of these guidelines.
    Yaya Olaniran, current chair of CFS , has said these the guidelines will be voluntary, “ but because they have been drawn up in such a comprehensive and inclusive process, and because there is this shared perception that a framework like this is sorely needed, we all anticipate that they will set the bar for policymakers".  She has added that some governments that taking steps to bring their policies and practices into alignment with the guidelines.
    These guidelines list principles and practices that governments and other actors can refer to when administering land, fisheries and forests rights in order to serve the best interests of their populations and promote food security and rural development.
    Notably, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has highlighted that  these “ will play an important part in answering the challenge of ending hunger and assuring food security of every child, woman and man in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way."
    The proposed guidelines are now set to be considered for final approval by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at a special session in Rome in mid-May.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the guidelines
    Link Statement by FAO Director


  9. Doha: developing countries subject to the 'new stances of the rich'
    2012-03-22
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Discussions on the ongoing Doha negotiations have once again taken place.  According to Sylvester Bagooro, from Third World Network-Africa (TWN-Africa), who has recently published an article on myjoyonline, the Ministerial Conference, held last December 2011,  ended “with no clear direction as to the future of the Doha negotiations”. 
    He warns of the fact that developing countries usually find “their issues marginalized [ …] to give priority to issues of primary interest to the rich countries”, and which is “particularly manifest in the areas of agriculture, industrial products, and services,” when it comes to the Doha Work Programme. “In all these areas, the anti-development orientation of the negotiations so far has resulted in a situation where the proposals on the table will seriously impair the ability of African and other developing countries to build national/domestic productive capacity and develop their economies, ” he remarks.
    He said that while  in the area of agriculture the developed countries have access to subsidies,    (which  “will be allowed to continue if the current proposals are agreed to”), developing countries are being asked to cut their tariffs, even more  than they did prior to the 1996 Round. “These subsidies continue to impoverish poor farmers and producers across the Continent, ” he stresses.
    Mr Bagooro also says that although developing countries aim to counter dangers, “ new stances of rich countries”, namely the EU and the US,  complicate their try.

    Source: Myjoyonline


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about TWN-Africa
    Link Moving in small steps?


  10. Agricultural Growth in Africa: still powerless to improve livelihoods
    2012-03-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    Agricultural growth in Africa is still “fragile” and unable to improve living conditions. This and other conclusions were reached by the Montpellier Panel, a group of leading experts in the fields of agriculture, trade and sustainable development, and who have also called upon world leaders to help make the continent’s growth more resilient and sustainable.  The Panel stressed the necessity of focusing on several points, namely reducing price volatility, building "climate-smart" agriculture, improving nutrition and paying special attention to rural women and youth.
    According to The Guardian, the Panel also gave a number of recommendations in its report on the resilience African agriculture before the upcoming Rio+20, G8 and G20 summits. Speaking on sustainability and a long term strategy, Sir Gordon Conway, professor of international development at the Imperial College in London, and chair of the Montpellier Panel, stated: “For example, free trade is important, but if you don't have an enabling environment within Africa such as strong inter-African food trade, access to markets, technology, and a resilient population then it's not going to work long-term.  "
    The recommendations made in the report are expected to be taken into account by experts at the Rio+20 summit.

    Source: The Guardian


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the Montepelliet Panel
    Link The EU and Rio+20


  11. Angola-Portugal Environmental Cooperation: “Positive and healthy”
    2012-03-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Policy

    Following a meeting of  the Portuguese-speaking Countries Community (CPLP) , which was held in Luanda last week, Alexandra Carvalho, the director of International Relations Office of the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, assessed as ‘positive’ and ‘healthy’ the level of bilateral cooperation between Angola and Portugal concerning the environment sector.
    She explained that Angola and Portugal cooperate in the sectors of biodiversity, climate change and institutional technical capacity, among others. Despite favorable critiques, she noted that “there is always space to reinforce this sharing and intensify the programmes of sharing knowledge and experiences exchange, since this is a continuous process.”  
    Moreover, she said that the meeting has served to prepare the CPLP Environment ministers, who will be meeting this coming week.

    Source: All africa


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Angola
    Link Role reversal?


  12. INTA Committee to pressure EAC to unlock negotiations
    2012-03-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Following weeks of tension,  8 members of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the EP is in Kenya for a progress review on the EPAS with the East African Community (EAC). The main objective of the team, which will be in meeting in Nairobi for 3 days, is to unlock negotiations that have led much debate since they were introduced in 2002.
    According to All Africa, the EP delegation will meet with ministers, politicians, business people, trade unions and civil society representatives to convince them on the need to conclude negotiations. Likewise, members of INTA Committee are set to discuss the proposed amendment of the Market Access Regulation to withdraw trade concessions from countries that negotiated but are yet to ratify the agreements.
    On the EAC side, the fear stems from the fact that the EU subsidises its agricultural sector to the tune of €60 billion a year, and therefore signing the EPAs threatens flood the local market with cheap farm produce at the expense of local farmers.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about INTA Committee
    Link time to reach consensus


  13. EP to help bridge divide between developed and developing economies
    2012-03-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Archive

    In January, CTA Brussels informed of the Written Declaration on Science Capacity Building in Africa which had been launched by five members of the European Parliament.  Following the adoption of the written declaration by the European Parliament  in plenary session last week, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has stated that “[ this] represents a commitment by the European Parliament to work with Africa to ensure that the full potential of science and technology is harnessed to contribute to sustainable growth and development on both continents”.
    Minister Pandor has also highlighted that the “European Parliament’s call reciprocated in a most appropriate manner, the statement by our African Heads of State, who at the African Union Summit held in January 2012 in Addis Ababa, called for radio astronomy to be a priority focus area of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy’s Science, Information Society and Space Partnership.”

    Source: Cordis Europe


    Link Read more
    Link Read the written declaration
    Link European-African partnerships and the MDGs


  14. EU's approach on trade, growth and development for the coming decade
    2012-03-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    In the course of the last Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which was held last week, ministers adopted conclusions on the EU's approach to trade, growth and development for the next decade. The Foreign Affairs Council stressed that openness to international trade is key to sustaining inclusive growth and poverty reduction in developing countries, just as keeping its markets open is key to Europe’s economic growth and welfare.
    Likewise, ministers considered that the growing economic diversity of developing countries calls for greater differentiation in the design and implementation of EU trade, investment and development policies
    in order to sharpen the focus on least developed countries and other developing countries most in need.
    The Council underscored the importance of the multilateral approach in fighting protectionism and resolving outstanding issues on the international trade agenda. Notably, the Council called on the Commission to report on the follow-up in 2015.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Trade, growth and development
    Link Supporting inclusive growth and sustainable development


  15. Comprehensive review of the EU GSP for developing countries
    2012-03-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Ministers have recently endorsed the approach outlined by the presidency for a comprehensive review of the EU's generalised scheme of tariff preferences (GSP) for developing countries. The review of the GSP is aimed at adapting the system to the changed global landscape and making it more efficient, better responding therefore to the specific needs of the beneficiary countries. It agreed on a compromise focusing on five key areas in the Commission's proposal: country coverage;preference margins and product coverage; product graduation; "GSP+" (special incentive for sustainable development and good governance); and special safeguards.
    On this basis, the presidency will prepare a mandate, to be approved by the Permanent Representatives Committee, for negotiations with the European Parliament on the draft regulation establishing the new GSP.
    Preferences would be concentrated on the countries in greatest need (least developed, low income and lower middle-income countries), taking account of changing economic and trade patterns and
    acknowledging that the economic crisis and preference erosion have hit the poorest countries hard.
    The selection of beneficiaries would be largely income-based, with countries already enjoying preferences under free trade agreements or autonomous arrangements being excluded from the scheme.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the GSP
    Link The Presidency and the GSP


  16. ENVI committee responds to EU failure in meeting biodiversity targets
    2012-03-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Environment (ENVI) Committee calls for greater political attention to environmental preservation and restoration in a recent resolution.  Given that the EU has failed to meet its 2010 biodiversity targets, MEPs also suggest that EU policies bring biodiversity targets on board, in addition to naming and subsequently phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies.
    ENVI committee stresses that recent studies show a constant decline in biodiversity in the EU, what "leads to devastating economic costs to society which until now have not been sufficiently integrated into economic and other policies".
    The resolution has come as an input after the European Commission strategy for 2020, published in May, 2011. However, MEPs underline that the real key to this issue is not this new strategy, “but, rather, the forthcoming reforms of the common agricultural and fisheries policies and the multiannual financial framework (MFF)”. The next MFF (2014-2020) should dedicate at least 1% of the resources to environment protection, they add.
    On a particular note, MEPs stress that the CAP is not only a tool for food provision and rural development, but also for biodiversity conservation. They regret that CAP measures directed at environmental protection "have so far failed to halt the overall decline of biodiversity". They say the CAP should be redirected towards compensating farmers for delivering public goods, "since the market currently fails to integrate the economic value of the important public goods which agriculture can deliver".

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Report on 2010 biodiversity targets
    Link Read the Resolution


  17. ACP on ambitious EPA deadline: EU lacks understanding
    2012-03-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    During the course of the 27th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, which was held this week, ACP Secretary General, H.E Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas recalled the announcement of the European Commission (EC), which stated that countries that did not finalise an EPA would not longer benefit from free market access to Europe as of 1st January, 2014. “It is a matter of regret that the EU has imposed such a unilateral deadline which seems in opposition to the letter and very spirit of our time-tested relationship. Even worrisome is the fact that they seem to be imposing terms that some economists even in Europe are decrying as being above even what the WTO would be prepared to impose,” he stated.
    Dr. Ibn Chambas has also spoken of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), as its coming into force coincides with the deadline of the trade liberalisation commitments of those countries which have initiated the ratification of an EPA.
    In criticism, ACP Secretary General has said: “There is also not much understanding in the Berlaymont of the fact that several of our regions are only now completing their customs unions, which are a pre-condition for regional communities to be able to coordinate a common EPA position.  In light of the de-industrialising effects of wholesale trade liberalisation, the reluctance to include a development component to the EPAs as some of our regional communities have insisted all along remains a disappointing reality.”

    Source: ACP/ CTA



    Link Read the speech
    Link The honeymoon is over
    Link Peter Thompson, DG Trade


  18. Council authorises EC to open FPA negotiations with Kiribati
    2012-03-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The  Agriculture and Fisheries Council has recently adopted a decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations on behalf of the EU for a new protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement with the Republic of Kiribati.
    The existing protocol with Kiribati has been applied with effect from 16 September 2006 and will expire on 15 September 2012. The Commission wishes to open new negotiations in April 2012. Kiribati is one of the least-developed small-island states in the Pacific. Due to low-lying atolls, Kiribati is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change as for example coastal flooding.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link The EU and Kiribati
    Link Country strategy 2008-2013


  19. EPAs improve the flow of investments between the EU and CARIFORUM
    2012-03-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to a new report commissioned by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat-based EPA Implementation Unit, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) of the ACP Group provides a comprehensive framework to improve the flow of investments between the two parties.
    As a result of national consultations, CARIFORUM states had indicated the need to determine the impact of their liberalisation commitments in the EPA towards ensuring that the benefits to be derived under the agreement are obtained as well as to make informed decisions on additional areas for further liberalisation. In response, a project was launched by the EPA Implementation Unit.
    SH Allyson Francis, regional unit’s Trade in Services and Investment Specialist, has  stated that the findings are “enlightening and form a good basis to better focus our minds on the task at hand, which is improving the investment climate and the flow of investment between the EU and CARIFORUM”.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about Cariforum
    Link Read the Report


  20. 'Delighted' by Fairtrade
    2012-03-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    According to Freshplaza, in 2011 Germans spent 400 million Euro on fairtrade products. What began with art and coffee has grown into a wide range of products (around 6000), even including face creams, travel companies and hotels. The principle consists of strengthening trade between industrial and developing countries, which should improve the life of small growers and agriculturists.
    There are over 900 fairtrade projects worldwide, being 230 in Africa. The idea of 'socially responsible trade' arose in multiple countries in the 40´s, when the organisations 'Ten Thousand Villages' and 'Serv International' started 'trading with poor areas in the South' in the US. In Great Britain Oxfam started selling the handiwork of Chinese refugees in the 60's. The Dutch foundation S.O.S. imported the first worldwide fairly produced coffee in 1973.

    Source: Freshplaza


    Link Read more
    Link EU position on Fairtrade
    Link Can the EU support Fairtrade?


  21. Ministers adopt conclusions on the external dimension of the CFP
    2012-03-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries, ACP-EU Policy

    The Agriculture and Fisheries Council stresses the need to promote a more sustainable fisheries policy on its external like on its internal side. Ministers underline that fighting against illegal, reported and unregulated (IUU) fishing needs to be reinforced by building partnerships with other main fishing nations.  Equally, compliance with management measures at the level of regional fisheries management organisations needs more follow-up, governance within these organisations strengthened, and overcapacity problems need to be addressed at the global scale. In the course of the 3155th Council meeting, which was held on 19th March, ministers adopted these and other conclusions,  following the communication of the Commission on the external dimension of the Common fisheries policy (CFP).  
    Focusing on third countries, sustainable exploitation levels require transparency regarding the activity of all fleets that were given access, as well as scientific assessments on the surplus of stocks, involving assessments at the regional level when stocks are migrating across borders. Notably, the Conclusions also contain a chapter on fisheries agreements on jointly managed stocks and international exchanges of fishing opportunities. Ministers regognise the mutual benefit and adequate economic return that these agreements must provide, and recall the obligation of all fishing nations involved to cooperate in order to find common ground for sustainable management of stocks which are of common interest.
    One has to remember that, on 14 July 2011, the Commission submitted to the Council its communication on the external dimension of the CFP. This contains orientations for the pursuit of fisheries management at the multinational, regional and bilateral levels. The intention was to accompany the programmatic articles on an external dimension in its proposal on a reformed CFP with a more operational policy document which should trigger an update of the Council conclusions on this subject dating from 2000 and 2004 (partnership agreements).
    The Council, which had an orientation debate on this issue last November 2011,  considered the priorities to be taken on board.  Moreover,  a number of Ministers supported the Presidency suggestion to adopt new Council conclusions reinforcing the existing ones.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link The EC Communication
    Link EU Rules to combat IUU


  22. SHARE: An EU programme to improve food security in the Horn of Africa
    2012-03-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Aid effectiveness, Rural development, Food Security, Archive

    The EU will allocate €250 million (329 million U.S. dollars) to improve food security and disaster preparedness in the Horn of Africa. Known as SHARE (Supporting the Horn of Africa’s Resilience), the aid programme will help communities in the region to recover faster from drought and other natural disasters, through supporting nutrition, sanitation and water programs.
    Discussions on the program were launched in the course of a  high-level EU conference in Copenhagen last week, where Georgieva unveiled the initiative to member countries, as well as partners such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, World Food Program, and UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.
    Georgieva, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, underlined the EU still faces a challenge in bridging the gap between relief and development cooperation. Likewise, Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, who attended the conference,  said that with this initiative they want to make sure the people in the Horn of Africa, “do not fall back into despair."

    Source: Coastweek/eu2012


    Link More on IPS News
    Link More on Global Week of Action on Trade


  23. Another stinging rebuke of the EPAs
    2012-03-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has made nothing but stinging statements regarding the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). He says EPAs which are being negotiated with African countries, including Nigeria, on sub-regional basis by the EU will lead to further underdevelopment of the continent despite the “juicy” and supposed promises. 
    In an article published in THISDAY this week, he warns of the inherent dangers which might not be obvious to many ACP countries, especially “as their advisers and negotiators are Europeans”."Put simply, in order to continue to have access to European markets (on the terms that it had enjoyed for more than three decades) Africa is now required to eliminate tariffs on at least 80 per cent of imports from the EU; in some cases, abolish all export duties and taxes, in others, countries can retain existing export taxes but not increase them or introduce new taxes; eliminate all quantitative restrictions; and meet all kinds of other intrusive and destructive conditionalities that literally tie the hands of African governments to deploy the same kinds of instruments that all countries that have industrialised applied to build competitive national economies, “ he concludes.

    Source: All Africa



    Link More on IPS News
    Link More on Global Week of Action on Trade



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