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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 318]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 318]
Send date: 2012-04-13 19:06:58
Issue #: 134
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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 16/04 to 22/04/2012
  2. Our video guest: Pierre Encontre, UNCTAD
  3. 7th Regional Development Briefing
  4. EUCARINET 2012 to encourage researchers’ mobility
  5. EMSA to help EU member states prevent piracy and pollution
  6. New guidelines to preserve the European soil
  7. EC to support young farmers
  8. EIB to boost small and micro business in East Africa
  9. Mr.Soludo returns with stunning statements on EPAs
  10. Challenges faced of fisheries in the Caribbean
  11. Forum to help business benefit from Caribbean-EU FTAs
  12. Kenya: second thoughts on EPA negotiations?
  13. Belgian Senate gives a hand to the ACP Group
  14. EU – IFAD programme supplies West Africa with better quality seeds
  15. IGAD –EU to strengthen cooperation in the Horn of Africa
  16. EU fears spill-over of Mali´s instability
  17. Raw materials race in Africa


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 16/04 to 22/04/2012
    2012-04-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -17/20 April: EP Plenary Session (Strasbourg)
    European Commission
    -16 April: EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit (Brussels)
    Council of Ministers
    -18 April: COREPER I
    -18/19 April: COREPER II
    -18/20 April : Informal meeting of Ministers for Energy and Environment (TTE and ENVI)
    ACP Group
    -16 April: Management meeting
    -17 April: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
    -19/20 April: 3rd meeting of the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Facilities

    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: Pierre Encontre, UNCTAD
    2012-04-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, ACP-EU Policy

    During the last Brussels Briefing, entitled ‘Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities’, we met Pierre Encontre, Chief of Special Programmes, Division for Africa, Least Developed countries and Special Programmes, UNCTAD. He spoke to us about the key discussions of the UNCTAD Expert Group that met in December 2011, and which focused on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  He points to a specific policy for this group as the main course of action to address vulnerabilities “more effectively”.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Division for Africa, LDCs and Special Programmes
    Link UNCTAD Expert Group Meeting


  3. 7th Regional Development Briefing
    2012-04-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    Last week, the Brussels development Briefing on Small Island economies was held with great success. As a follow-up, the CTA and its partners, and in collaboration with the Mauritius Government, are organising the 7th Regional Development Briefing. The event, which  will be held in Mauritius on 23-24th April 2012, will gather representatives from the Pacific, the Caribbean and Africa to exchange views and identify what urgent and concrete policy actions of common interest need to be in place.
    The Briefing will be intended to share knowledge on the main challenges and opportunities of the small island economies, notably in key areas such as trade, climate change and natural disasters, as well as new economic opportunities for rural areas (new markets, green growth, services, ICTS...).
    The Regional Briefings are linked to the Brussels Development Briefings that CTA, the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat an Group of Ambassadors from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific in Brussels, Concord (the Platform of European Development NGOs) as well as various media partners, organise every two months since 2007 on key issues affecting Rural Development.

    The Briefing will be live-webstreamed. We will provided the link in the coming days.



    Link Regional Briefings
    Link Programme
    Link Last Brussels Briefing


  4. EUCARINET 2012 to encourage researchers’ mobility
    2012-04-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Environment, Archive, Rural development

    With the aim of promoting Caribbean and European researchers' mobility, as well as encouraging contacts between research institutions for joint participation in the Seventh Framework Programme, EUCARINET, ("Fostering EU‐Caribbean Research and Innovation Networks") has recently launched a call for proposals for its programme Travel Grant Scheme.
    The Travel Grant consists of two components. First, it consists of the participation of Caribbean researchers at 2012 info-days and brokerage events in the areas, taking place in Europe, of Health; ICT ;Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy; Energy; and Environment (including Climate change).
    Secondly, it also deals with visits to specific research centers / institutions with existing contacts or acquaintance between the grantee and an European or Caribbean researcher or research group (expression of interest by the research center / institution which is planned to be visited). The travel grant works as a mechanism to facilitate further networking or even joint proposal writing.
    The 2012 EUCARINET Travel Grant Scheme call is open from the 2nd of April 2012 to the 20th of July 2012 with different intermediate deadlines according to the themes of the events selected by the applicants.

    Source: Eurocarinet


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about EUCARINET
    Link EU's relations with the Caribbean


  5. EMSA to help EU member states prevent piracy and pollution
    2012-04-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Regional Fisheries

    Following an informal deal reached by Parliament’s negotiating team, and the Council’s Danish Presidency, the European Agency for Maritime Safety (EMSA) may get new powers to step up cooperation against piracy, prevent maritime pollution, improve training for seafarers and help establish an EU maritime space without barriers.
    According to an article by the European Parliament (EP), once formally approved by the Council and the Parliament, this deal would enable EMSA to extend its preventive work and make broader use of its resources to help EU Member States prevent and tackle maritime pollution, protect ships against piracy and create the future European maritime space without barriers, by reducing bureaucracy.  
    Accordingly, the leader of Parliament's negotiating team, Knut Fleckenstein, has reminded  that EMSA will not replace Member States' work, but “ it will bring added value”.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about EMSA
    Link Danish Presidency´s objectives


  6. New guidelines to preserve the European soil
    2012-04-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    According to a Press release by the European Commission (EC), soil sealing is one of the main causes of soil degradation in the EU, as it often affects fertile agricultural land, puts biodiversity at risk,  or increases the risk of flooding and water scarcity and contributes to global warming. New guidelines on best practice to limit, mitigate and compensate soil sealing have been recently made public by the EC. These guidelines, which will be discussed at the Conference on soil remediation and soil sealing on 10 and 11 May 2012 in Brussels, call for smarter spatial planning and using more permeable materials to preserve the European soil.
    Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik recognises that the loss of soil resources is one of the major environmental challenges Europe is facing. “There is an urgent need to use this valuable resource more wisely, in order to secure its many vital services for future generations. We simply cannot pave over our chances for a sustainable future", he concludes.

    Source: European Commission



    Link Read more
    Link Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe
    Link The guidelines


  7. EC to support young farmers
    2012-04-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    During the course of a recent Conference, entitled “Sowing the Seeds to Harvest in Future: Supporting Young People into Farming”, held in Brussels this week, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloș has underlined that despite the tools available within the context of CAP, the EU has lost almost 3 million farmers over the last ten years. The Conference has been organized by European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA),  an umbrella organisation that gathers young farmers from all over EU countries and that is one of the key advocates for the agricultural sector in Europe.
    Dacian Cioloș has pointed out the importance of a proactive policy in place, at European level,  to support the arrival of new farmers in the agricultural sector. “In order to do this, we must provide financial support with an installation subsidy and facilitate access to bank loans. I proposed that Member States put in place, within their Rural Development Programme, a sub-programme aimed at young farmers. This is a special aspect of this legislative proposal […]This will allow us to support them more intensely through co-financing specifically for young people”, he has stated.
    Notably, Mr Cioloș has spoken of the proposal that aims an increase in the level of direct payments during the first five years of activity for young farmers who set up an enterprise and ask for this help. “I sometimes hear that this measure should be voluntary for Member States. But the political aim of this measure would be severely weakened if it is not obligatory for all Member States. It would mean not having a collective approach for the whole EU. We must focus on young farmers' problems, not borders within the EU.”

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about CEJA
    Link What does the future have in store for Agriculture?


  8. EIB to boost small and micro business in East Africa
    2012-04-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    According to recent reports by the European Investment Bank (EIB), small- and micro-businesses across East Africa will benefit from a new €50 million EAC Microfinance Facility which was launched this week.  The initiative is intended to improve access to long-term funding for micro- and small-enterprises through experienced local intermediaries.
    The East African Community Microfinance Facility allows experienced banks and microfinance institutions engaging in microfinance to receive local currency funding to support their financing of local business. Partner banks can also benefit from dedicated training and technical assistance to improve the effectiveness of this financial support to the private sector.

    Source: EIB



    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the EIB projects for the ACP G
    Link EU activities for private sector development


  9. Mr.Soludo returns with stunning statements on EPAs
    2012-04-12

    In March, the CTA Brussels Office reported on some of the statements made by the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, regarding the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).  According to an opinion article published in the Financial Times, Professor Soludo continues to warn of the detrimental outcomes of the EPAs for Africa, and states that the country “is in trouble”.  
    Soludo compares the EPAs with the 1884-85 Berlin Conference “that divided the continent among the great powers”. As in his review on the WTO vis-à-vis  Least Developed Countries (LDCs), he stresses that the former does not call for a further liberalisation of LDCs, he thinks that the EU´s approach accordingly is “is harmful and unnecessary”.  Just as before, Soludo reiterates his distrust of the EU´s argument on WTO rules alignment to “excuse” EPAs, and thereby the development of full reciprocity.
    As his criticism also points to EU Aid for Trade (AfT) he calls for sincerity between Africa and Europe, and concludes by recalling the decreasing EU presence on the continent, notably from the nineties.

    Source: Financial Times


    Link Read more
    Link Another stinging rebuke of the EPAs
    Link New ACP-EC waiver at the WTO


  10. Challenges faced of fisheries in the Caribbean
    2012-04-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    During a recent Caribbean Fisheries Forum, held in Nassau, Bahamas, concerns have been raised over the numerous challenges which faced by Caribbean countries regarding the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture sector. Some key issues discussed dealt with the prevalence of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the need to improve sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards to ensure safety, and the improvement of the access to export markets, among others.
    On a positive note, the meeting saw the expression of appreciation for donors which are contributing to the sustainable development of fisheries in the region, through the funding of a number of important regional fisheries projects, among which are the Spanish Government and the EU-funded ACP Fish II Project.

    Source: Nassau Guardian



    Link Read more
    Link Know more about ACP Fish II Project
    Link Illegal Fishing in the Caribbean


  11. Forum to help business benefit from Caribbean-EU FTAs
    2012-04-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    With the aim of helping business take advantage of Caribbean-EU free trade agreements, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the ACP Business Climate and the EU, will be hosting the 2nd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum. The Forum, which is expected to take place in the United Kingdom in July 2012, comes primarily as a response to the lack of “outstanding” results from trade agreements signed by the parties almost 4 years ago  (October 2008).
    Entitled “Making the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Work”, the event is intended to raise awareness about trade deals and promote business opportunities within sectors that are readily positioned to do business in the EU. Entrepreneurs can participate by registering here by 30 April 2012.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Expression of interest
    Link Caribbean export


  12. Kenya: second thoughts on EPA negotiations?
    2012-04-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Following the recent discovery of oil in Turkana, in northwest Kenya, the country seems more willing to position itself closer to its East African neighbours regarding the conclusion of a trade pact with Europe, which has spurred great discussion. Under the revised EPAs text, taxes on the majority of primary commodities, like crude oil, and are expected to be removed.
    According to recent reports by Business Daily Africa, the prospect for Kenya to become an oil producer could lead to future changes in the country´s exports. Furthermore, the African daily also stresses the possibility “that Energy ministry officials may be co-opted in the remaining rounds of EPAs negotiations”.
    Kenyan officials from the Energy Ministry have stressed their intention to reach “a fair deal” with the EU. In the words of one official, “ [i]t’s just a matter of time before [Kenyan] representatives are asked to join the government side in EPAs negotiations because it is only the experts from [the] ministry that can help the country to secure a fair deal.”

    Source: Business daily Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Reservations on EPAs' potential
    Link Kenya walking tightrope on EPAs talks


  13. Belgian Senate gives a hand to the ACP Group
    2012-04-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Last week, the Belgian Senate adopted a resolution which called for EU flexibility in trade matters with the ACP Group, “taking into account the real needs of ACP countries for their development and regional integration”. In the resolution, the senate asks the Belgian government, within the framework of its international policy,  to ask the European Commission to give its full support to “the demands of the ACP Group for the renegotiation of contested clauses in the EPA-I”.
    The Belgian Senate also urges that the Belgian government “support the request of the ACP in favor of holding a high-level conference bringing together the parties to the EPAs to discuss the differing points of view between EU and ACP representatives on the nature and content of the EPAs that have not been resolved despite negotiations”.
    According to one article by ACP Secretariat Press Service, the text makes a further appeal to the Commission not to submit its proposal to Parliament to amend Market Access Regulation 1528/2007, which would ultimately bar ACP countries from having duty-free and quota-free access to European markets except under specific conditions.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link 'EU lacks understanding'
    Link Full legislative text


  14. EU – IFAD programme supplies West Africa with better quality seeds
    2012-04-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Food Security, Rural development

    According to recent reports, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU) have successfully completed the implementation of a €20 million Food Facility (EUFF)  programme in five West African countries, namely Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. As indicated in an IFAD statement last week, the initiative has improved the quality of seeds through innovative production techniques.
    Adriane Del Torto, IFAD’s project coordinator for the EUFF, has said that this eighteen month programme has enabled better access “to high quality seeds for smallholder farmers in the region and have trained them in production and farming techniques […] has supported more than 200,000 rural families to achieve higher yields, increase their income and improve their living conditions”.
    The €1 billion EUFF was created in response to soaring food prices in developing countries between 2007-2008, to fund projects that would improve access to agricultural inputs and services, increase the agricultural productive capacity and address the basic food needs in West African states.

    Source: IFAD


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about IFAD
    Link  EU Strategy paper 2007-2013 in West Africa


  15. IGAD –EU to strengthen cooperation in the Horn of Africa
    2012-04-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Archive, Regional Fisheries, ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    Following the fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa and the EU, held in Adis Abebam,Ethiopia, both parties agreed to grow ties and work together for stability in the Horn of Africa. In particular, they discussed the IGAD's revitalization and reform process, as well as the EU Strategic Framework for the region.
    In response to the intertwined nature of the challenges, both sides underscored the need for comprehensive approaches. Notably, the two parties discussed the follow up of the London Somalia conference and urged Somali leaders to take all necessary political steps in view of the end of the current transition in August, as agreed in London, and establishing a new political setting in the country. They also spoke of the development of an inclusive political and administrative arrangement in the newly-liberated areas.
    According to a joint IGAD-EU communiqué, the meeting was co-chaired by Deputy PM, Minister of Foreign Affairs and current Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers, Hailemariam Desalegn,  as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Villy Sovndal, who attended on behalf of the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about IGAD
    Link Strategic Framework for the region


  16. EU fears spill-over of Mali´s instability
    2012-04-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    As the situation in Mali, which saw a coup d’état last March, remains unstable, there are fears of a spill-over into neighbouring countries. Accordingly, in an interview with Reuters, the EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, recently warned about possible threats to the EU´s efforts to keep other Sahel states safe.  
    As CTA Brussels recently reported, the EU has already suspended its development aid operations in Mali. Piebalgs, who regretted that the EU cannot do anything because of the country´s instability, underlined: “I don't believe anyone currently has access to the people there".  
    He emphasized the risk of a spill-over into other parts of the Sahel, notably into neighbouring countries, and stressed the EU´s ‘Plan B’, which is intended to channel aid through United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations. He added, however, that he hoped Mali would see a political solution and a quick restoration of constitutional order, “because I can't imagine that the Plan B could be effective in the current situation".

    Source: Reuters


    Link Read more
    Link EU freezes development operations in Mali
    Link The ACP Group expresses concern


  17. Raw materials race in Africa
    2012-04-10
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The former President of Tanzania (1995-2005), Benjamin W. Mkapa, has recently published an article where he raises the question of whether EPAs “deeply care” for African and EAC regional integration and development, or if they are being primarily driven by the EU´s economic interests. Mr. Mkapa reviews the EU´s policy on Raw materials and underlines concerns from the European side: since emerging economies seem to have a great appetite for raw materials, and are therefore establishing closer links to Africa, “there is fear that Europe will somehow be marginalized”.
    Also the current Chairperson of the South Centre, Benjamin W. Mkapa stresses  the increasing engagement of emerging countries with Africa: “This includes major infrastructure projects and active involvement in exploration and extraction activities in countries such as Zambia (copper), Democratic Republic of Congo (copper, cobalt), South Africa (iron ore), Zimbabwe (platinum) and Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon (timber)”, he notes.
    Answering the kick-off questions of his opinion article, he paraphrases some key questions in the 2011 Commission Communication to European bodies on raw materials and the prospective strategies therein. He notably rewords: “The years 2002 to 2008 were marked by a major shift in demand for raw materials, driven by strong global economic growth, particularly in emerging countries such as China. This increase in demand will be reinforced by the further rapid industrialisation and urbanisation in countries such as China, India, and Brazil […] Access to primary and secondary raw materials should become a priority in EU trade and regulatory policy".

    Source: International. to


    Link Read more
    Link Raw materials initiative 2008
    Link EC Communication



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