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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 335]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 335]
Send date: 2012-09-17 11:51:28
Issue #: 150
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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 : [14/09/2012]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 17/09 to 23/09/2012
  2. Our video guest: HE Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the EU (Part 2)
  3. Briefing on Climate change, agriculture and food security
  4. Saint Lucia hosts the 2012 Green Growth Investment Forum
  5. EPAs: MEPs make a move in favour of the ACP Group
  6. Budget Support to Anguilla
  7. Funding for regional infrastructural projects: the EAC turns to Europe
  8. The 'EPA issue' prompts discussion in Uganda
  9. EU27 sees growing surplus in trade with South Africa
  10. EU welcomes the ‘beginning of a new democratic era’ in Somalia
  11. EP empowers EC to ban EU imports from overfished stocks
  12. New rules on food quality labels
  13. Africa and Europe collaborate on establishment of new research infrastructures
  14. EU-funded study to address gaps in existing financing methods
  15. Caribbean Region: Concerns over EC differentiated approach
  16. Study to draft an aquaculture development plan for St Kitts and Nevis
  17. Rwanda and EU agree to intensify efforts to resolve DRC crisis
  18. EU-Pacific: EPA Talks Moving Forward
  19. 43rd Pacific Leader's Summit
  20. Vanuatu: the 157th WTO member
  21. FAO: 15th ‘Working with the EU’ training session
  22. EU welcomes the ‘beginning of a new democratic era’ in Somalia
  23. Ministers to discuss possible measures to tackle water scarcity
  24. The EC claws back €215 million in EU agricultural policy funds


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 17/09 to 23/09/2012
    2012-09-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

    European Parliament
    -17/18 September :  Committee on International Trade
    -17/18 September :  Committee on Development
    -17/18 September :  Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
    -17/18 September :  Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    -19 September :  Committee on Foreign Affairs          
    -19 September :  Committee on Fisheries
    Council of Ministers
    - 17 September: Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers (Nicosia)
    - 18 September: Political and Security Committee (PSC)(Brussels)
    - 19 September: COREPER I
    - 19 September: COREPER II
    - 20 September: Informal Trip COREPER I (Pafos)
    ACP Group
    - 17 September: Management meeting
    - 18/21 September: 29th Session of the ACP PA and Inter-sessional meetings of the ACP-EU Joint PA
     Research events
    - 20/21 September: 2012 Green Growth Investment Forum (GGIF) (Saint Lucia)

    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: HE Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the EU (Part 2)
    2012-09-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    Last week, we published part one of the CTA Brussels Office interview with HE Roy Mickey Joy, Vanuatu’s ambassador to the EU. In that, he gave us his impressions on the most recent and future developments that are necessary at the ACP Group Level.  In the second part of this interview he delves into the impacts on Vanuatu becoming the 157th member of the WTO.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Part one: interview with HE Roy Mickey Joy
    Link Vanuatu: the 157th WTO member


  3. Briefing on Climate change, agriculture and food security
    2012-09-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Environment, Food Security, ACP-EU Policy

    As we have been announcing, the next Brussels Development Briefing  will  focus on ‘Climate change, agriculture and food security: proven approaches and new investments’.
    It will address issues related to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, and how agriculture can increase resilience to climate change effects. In particular, it will: (i) raise awareness in ACP countries on the key challenges posed to agriculture by climate changes; (ii) increase exchange of information and expertise on strategies to develop climate-smart agriculture and proven successes; and (iii) facilitate networking among development partners.
    The briefing, wich will be held on 27 September, 2012, will be organized in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
    Around 120 ACP-EU policy-makers and representatives of EU Member States, civil society groups, research networks and development practitioners, and international organizations based in Brussels.

    You can register at brusselsbriefings.net


    Link Register for the Briefing


  4. Saint Lucia hosts the 2012 Green Growth Investment Forum
    2012-09-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, ACP-EU Policy, Rural development, Environment

    The 2012 Green Growth Investment Forum (GGIF) will finally take place on 20-21 September 2012 at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Saint Lucia. The meeting will be jointly hosted by the ECS Mission and the OECS Secretariat.Building on the last year’s GGIF and the Rio+20 Summit, the ECS Mission in collaboration with the OECS Secretariat’s Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, the ACP-EU Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CDE proposes to organise a Meeting of Experts to look closely at the proposals coming out of the Forum and to propose an action plan.
    The major deliverables of the Forum are: (i) proposal for a Green Award for enterprises which produce based on sustainable and environment-friendly criteria; (ii) a study on the development of a technical and regulatory (legislative) framework to allow for more effective implementation of a green economy in the Eastern Caribbean; (iii) a joint energy policy formulation in the OECS, with regulated exchange of information and technology with neighboring territories such as the French and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and Outermost Regions (ORs) in the Caribbean.
    The Forum intends to share experiences within the region and with other regions of the world to pursue and deepen an important dialogue with European partners from the private sector, civil society, academia and EU institutions about the need to ensure economic development while simultaneously prioritizing environmental sustainability in the Eastern Caribbean, with a central role for innovation and clean technology.
    Among the speakers confirmed we have: Mr. Selven Rungasamy, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Ltd; Ms. Ena Harvey, Specialist in Agro-Tourism, IICA and;  Mr. Aart van den Bos, Managing Director, Soil and More Int.

    For more information about the GGIF’12 please contact Isolina Boto (boto@cta.int) or Filippo Brasesco (brasesco@cta.int).




  5. EPAs: MEPs make a move in favour of the ACP Group
    2012-09-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    This week, the European Parliament was scheduled to vote on whether to amend Council Regulation (EC) 1528/2007 – a move that could lead to a number of ACP countries losing duty- and quota-free access to European markets. The debate followed a proposal by the European Commission that members of the ACP Group negotiating EPAs with the EU be required to conclude these before 1 January 2014. In favour of the ACP and responding to outspoken discontent within the group, MEPs voted for the 2014 deadline for the ratification of the EPAs to be extended until 2016.
    This move addresses a number of the concerns raised by the ACP Group. Hours before the vote, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the ACP Secretary General, repeated appeals for flexibility in the negotiations, during an interview with Radio Australia. “We are completely opposed to the proposal to remove quota free, duty free [market access] privileges for ... ACP countries while these negotiations are ongoing. We encourage negotiations and a serene environment where the interests of [ACP] countries are taken into account in arriving at a comprehensive economic partnership agreement that is development friendly, and that also reinforces regional integration” said Dr Chambas.

    Source: CTA/EP/ACP


    Link MEPs vote in favour of the ACP Group
    Link Concerns over the 2014 deadline
    Link EPA deadline: EU lacks understanding


  6. Budget Support to Anguilla
    2012-09-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Rural development

    The EU has allocated EC$38.5 million (11.7 million euros) to Anguilla, in the form of Budget Support, with the aim of helping the country in its efforts to boost economic growth and development. The overall objectives of the grant aid are to restore macro-economic stability, stimulate economic growth, provide social development support and protection, as well as reduce environmental vulnerability.
    Claude Bochu, from the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, has stated accordingly: "Given the challenge faced by Anguilla and other Caribbean countries as a result of the global economic crisis, the EU is pleased to provide this grant funding. It is our hope that the re-organisation of the country's economy will place it in a much solid position for the future".
    The Budget Support intervention by the EU supports the implementation of Anguilla's Medium Term Economic Strategy (MTES) which is a response to the severe impact and
    emerging development challenges that Anguilla has faced since 2008.
    Anguilla's 10th EDF allocation amounts to 11.7 M€. This allocation remains to be programmed.

    Source: Anguilla News


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Anguilla
    Link The OCTs within the EDF


  7. Funding for regional infrastructural projects: the EAC turns to Europe
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    As infrastructural challenges in Eastern Africa have been a major obstacle to the process of integration, the EAC Secretariat appears to be counting on Europe to get funding for regional infrastructural projects. According to an article by All Africa, Dr Richard Sezibera, the EAC Secretary General, met top officials of the European Investment Bank (EIB) this week, in Luxembourg City, with financing regional infrastructural projects at the top of the agenda.
    Mr. Sezibera underlined that the slowdown of economic integration process has been caused by the lack of well developed infrastructures in member states. Additionally, he recalled of regional projects that need funding. Among them,  he spoke of the Kenya-South Sudan road link; Lake Victoria safety and navigation project; energy interconnectors for the regional power pool;  and Burundi control tower . The total cost of these and some others  amount  $175 million.
    Sezibera, who is also chair of the Inter Regional Coordination Committee (IRCC) that brings together regional economic communities such as Intra-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), said that these blocs were looking at alternative ways to fund infrastructure beyond public investment, hence reaching out to the European Bank.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the EAC
    Link EIB-ACP


  8. The 'EPA issue' prompts discussion in Uganda
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    During the course of a two-day symposium on trade liberalisation, the EPAs and the impact on sustainable development in Uganda,  legislators, trade experts and analysts pointed out that the delayed signing of the Economic Partnerships Agreement (EPAs) is an obstacle to the development of trade among developing nations.
    According to an article by All Africa, senior Ministry of Trade officials had a tough time convincing MPs, Civil Society, and trade experts about EPA benefits , as experts were keen to say that Uganda would best benefit if it didn’t sign the agreement.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Exploring innovative financing for agriculture
    Link Uganda set to sign economic partnership pacts


  9. EU27 sees growing surplus in trade with South Africa
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    In the light of the fifth EU - South Africa summit, which is to take place next week in Brussels, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union has issued data on trade and investments between South Africa and the EU. After the decline in EU27 trade in goods with South Africa observed in 2009, both exports and imports recovered in 2010 and 2011, although imports grew at a slower pace.
    The value of EU27 exports to South Africa reached a peak of 26.6 billion euro in 2011, while imports rose to 20.5 bn, still not reaching the level recorded in 2007. As a result, EU27 trade with South Africa registered a surplus of 6.1 bn in 2011, compared with +1.4 bn in 2010 and -3.1 bn in 2009.
    The first half of 2012 showed a decrease in EU27 trade with South Africa, compared with the first half of 2011. Exports fell slightly from 13.2 bn in the first half of 2011 to 13.0 bn in the first half of 2012, and imports more significantly from 10.5 bn to 9.7 bn. As a result, the EU27 surplus in trade of goods with South Africa increased from 2.7 bn in the first half of 2011 to 3.4 bn in the same period of 2012. South Africa accounted for around 1.4% of the EU27's international trade in goods.
    Germany largest EU27 exporter to South Africa, and the United Kingdom largest importer
    Among the EU27 Member States, Germany (4.3 bn euro or 33% of EU27 exports) was by far the largest exporter to South Africa in the first half of 2012, followed by the United Kingdom (1.9 bn or 14%), the Netherlands (1.3 bn or 10%) and France (1.0 bn or 8%). The United Kingdom (2.9 bn or 30% of EU27 imports) was the largest importer, followed by Germany (2.0 bn or 21%), the Netherlands1 (1.2 bn or 12%) and Italy (1.0 bn or 11%). The highest surpluses in trade with South Africa in the first six months of 2012 were observed in Germany (+2.3 bn) and France (+0.7 bn), and the largest deficit in the United Kingdom (-1.1 bn).


    Link Read more
    Link See the statistics
    Link EU-South Africa Summit


  10. EU welcomes the ‘beginning of a new democratic era’ in Somalia
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    After eight years on from the establishment of Transitional Federal Institutions in Somalia , the transition has ended with the election of the President by the new Federal Parliament. The European Union has congratulated Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on his election as the new President of Somalia, and welcomed the prospects this occasion brings to the country for lasting peace, prosperity and stability.
    In words of Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative,  “[t]he adoption of a new Provisional Constitution in particular marks the beginning of a new, democratic era in Somalia”. Yet, she points out that “there is now much work to be done” and “the new Federal Institutions must finalise key pending elements of the Provisional Constitution and embark on stabilisation efforts in all accessible areas in the country, both crucial for the future of a viable federal Somalia.”

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Glimmers of hope for Somalia
    Link EU deepening commitment to stabilising Somalia


  11. EP empowers EC to ban EU imports from overfished stocks
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Parliament passed new rules empowering the European Commission to ban EU imports of fish from overfished stocks. According to the MEPs, bans should discourage massive overfishing of mackerel by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. In other votes, they said that the coming reform of EU fisheries policy should aim to make it sustainable.
    The regulation opens the way to trade sanctions against third countries that allow unsustainable fishing of fish and fishery products from stocks of common interest (i.e. fish stocks available to the fleets of both EU and third countries whose management requires cooperation between them).
    Should these sanctions prove ineffective, the Commission may adopt additional measures, such as restricting the use of EU ports by vessels flying the flag of a non-compliant country or by vessels carrying fish from the overfished stock to the EU.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Read text adopted
    Link CFP reform – Maximum Sustainable Yield


  12. New rules on food quality labels
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    Following the endorsement of a regulation by the EP, the time it takes to obtain an EU quality label for farm produce from a given geographical area, or produced in a traditional way, could be reduce by half. Speaking of how this will help both farmers and consumers, rapporteur Iratxe García Pérez explains that “ [s]impler registration procedures will encourage farmers to register their products and ingredients with quality labels schemes and thus to better explain the added value of their products to customers, who will then be able to make more informed choices."
    The new rules, agreed by EP Agriculture Committee MEPs and Council negotiators in June, would also introduce a new label for "mountain" products.  Labels for island produce and farm gate sales may follow soon.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Adopted text
    Link Simpler rules for farmers


  13. Africa and Europe collaborate on establishment of new research infrastructures
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    The next 'Promoting African – European Research Infrastructure Partnerships' (PAERIP) workshop will be held at the South African House in London’s Trafalgar Square, UK, on October 17, 2012. It will focus on Africa-Europe collaboration in establishing new research infrastructures, through African participation in the planned European infrastructures prioritised in the ESFRI roadmap. The event will be organised by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) with the support of Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Sigma Orionis.
    The socio-economic impact of research infrastructures in the context of bi-regional cooperation will also be analysed, including the resultant funding opportunities, which could be leveraged from Africa-EU development cooperation instruments.
    Confirmed key speakers to date include Professor John Wood, former chair of ESFRI and secretary general of the Association of Commonwealth Universities; Dr Elena Righi-Steele, Research Infrastructure Programme Officer, European Commission; and Dr Ndumiso Cingo, head of the African laser centre.

    Source: CORDIS


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about PAERIP
    Link ESFRI Roadmap


  14. EU-funded study to address gaps in existing financing methods
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    With the aim of examining the feasibility of opening trade and investment bank to service its 79 members ('the ACP Bank for International Trade and Investment', BITI) , the ACP Secretariat has launched an extensive study. The project is intended to address gaps in existing financing methods which prevent valid projects from being realised.
    The EU-funded study will run from June until December. It will be carried out by a team of experts who will analyse financing gaps, conduct a market survey in ACP regions, and propose an implementation framework for the bank.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link ACP countries consider setting up own bank
    Link ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development


  15. Caribbean Region: Concerns over EC differentiated approach
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Sir Ronald Sanders, consultant and former diplomat raises awareness of likely aid cuts to all the Caribbean countries that are members of the ACP group, with the exception of Haiti. In line with the concerns of the ACP Group, which have been raised in the light of a differentiated approach on EU aid  that is being considered by the European Commission, Mr Sanders points out: “the differentiated approach would make the status of Caribbean states as Middle Income Countries the basis for reducing aid to them”.
    Speaking of  the EU assistance to Caribbean's productive sector and infrastructure, he says that this is  “an essential component of government revenues”, as it allows them to spend on social welfare programmes. “If  EU assistance is reduced, Caribbean countries can expect to see an expansion of poverty and a reduction of social welfare programmes, with an attendant increase in unemployment and violent crime.”

    Source: Jamaica Observer


    Link Read more
    Link  Graduation, differentiation in EU aid policy
    Link Agenda for change


  16. Study to draft an aquaculture development plan for St Kitts and Nevis
    2012-09-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    According to recent updates by ZIZ , in view of the large demand for seafood in St Kitts and Nevis and the stagnant output from capture fisheries, the Department of Marine Resources (St Kitts and Nevis) has initiated a study to reveal the potential and the implementation strategy for introducing aquaculture on the islands to increase the local production of seafood.  The initial part of the study, which is supported by the European Union through the ACP FISH II programme, was performed during July-August and included consultation meetings and field visits on both St Kitts and Nevis with the aim to draft an aquaculture development plan for St Kitts and Nevis reflecting the interests of the respective island stakeholders.
    The important technical outcome is that it is feasible to introduce especially marine fish farming making use of the unique natural resources of the islands such as pristine oceanic waters. However due to the risk of hurricanes a special “St Kitts and Nevis farming model” is suggested, which combines land based fish juvenile production in seawater raceways/tanks with final grow out in cages in the sea outside the hurricane season.

    Source: ZIZ


    Link Read more
    Link EU Relations with Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Link Strengthening fisheries management in the ACP


  17. Rwanda and EU agree to intensify efforts to resolve DRC crisis
    2012-09-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    According to recent updates by All Africa, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo visited Brussels last week and met European Union officials in a series of high-level meetings. Among the issues discussed, the Rwanda-DRC situation was on the top of the agenda.
    In her first meeting, with Catherine Ashton, Ms  Mushikiwabo agreed  to intensify efforts to diplomatically resolve the DRC crisis.  The Rwandan minister, who  also met Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, reiterated that Rwanda and her neighbors' sole interest is indeed peace and prosperity in the DRC.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link International Pressure Grows
    Link Deteriorating situation in DRC


  18. EU-Pacific: EPA Talks Moving Forward
    2012-09-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    According to recent updates by the ACP Secretariat’s  press service, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas has welcomed  the Pacific Island leaders’ commitment to conclude trade talks with the EU as a full group.  
    Dr Chambas pointed out that the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations, ongoing with the Pacific since 2004, have been of the “principal concerns” facing ACP-EU relations. “The decision by Pacific Leaders to reaffirm their commitment to conclude a comprehensive regional EPA, inclusive of all Members, beyond what has been signed by two members in the region is highly commendable. What is necessary now is for the Pacific region to move as one in order to foster and strengthen regional integration”, he stated.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Pacific
    Link 43rd Pacific Leader's Summit


  19. 43rd Pacific Leader's Summit
    2012-09-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    During the course of the 43rd Pacific Leader's Summit, in Rarotonga, Cook Islands,  the ACP Secretary General, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, expressed deep appreciation to the Leaders for letting the ACP become an observer to the Pacific Islands Forum .  Additionally, he took the opportunity to welcome Prime Minister Henry Puna as new Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum.
    Mr Chambas, for whom is already the third Forum Summit attended, stressed that this is an evidence of the ACP commitment to forge a stronger relationship between the ACP Secretariat and the Forum. “Attending these meetings helps us to understand better the development challenges facing the Pacific region and thereby makes the ACP able to respond effectively in a timely manner to these needs”, he stated.

     

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Pacific Islands Forum
    Link EU to go beyond a donor-recipient relationship with the Pacific region


  20. Vanuatu: the 157th WTO member
    2012-09-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    As the Ambassador of Vanuatu  to the EU, HE Roy Mickey Joy, stressed in an interview to the CTA Brussels Weblog, the Pacific country has recently  become 157th WTO member.  According to the WTO, from the date of accession Vanuatu is applying all provisions and not requiring recourse to any transitional period, except on intellectual property and on the publication of trade information.
    Vanuatu is applying an average final bound rate of 39.7% and making specific commitments on 10 services sectors. The services sector has been growing and now accounts for three-quarters of Vanuatu’s GDP.
    Also speaking  of Russia, which joined  WTO days before Vanuatu, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has stated: “Once again this year, we welcome two new members in the WTO family. It has been a long journey for both countries and they will undoubtedly strengthen the multilateral trading system”.

    Source: WTO


    Link Read more
    Link Watch the interview
    Link Vanuatu to host 37th ACP-EU CoM session


  21. FAO: 15th ‘Working with the EU’ training session
    2012-09-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy

    According to an article by FAO press service, last month the Resource Mobilization and Operations Support Service of the organisation prepared a 2-day training on working with the EU, which is one of FAO’s most important resource partners. It has been the fifteenth in a series  that started in June 2011 with the first two workshops held in Accra, Ghana.
    The training took place in Bangkok with the participation some 30 staff members colleagues from FAO’s regional office for Asia and the Pacific, as well as from some of the Organization’s country offices.
    The EU is FAO’s largest single source of voluntary funding. In 2011, FAO received US$ 184 million in new contributions from the EU, representing over 20 per cent of all voluntary contributions world-wide.

    Source: FAO


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the FAO-EU partnership
    Link FAO-EU Partnership reinforces production capacity


  22. EU welcomes the ‘beginning of a new democratic era’ in Somalia
    2012-09-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    After  eight years on from the establishment of Transitional Federal Institutions in Somalia, the transition has ended with the election of the President by the new Federal Parliament. The European Union congratulates Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on his election as the new President of Somalia, and welcomes the prospects this occasion brings to the country for lasting peace, prosperity and stability.
    In words of Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative,  “[T]he adoption of a new Provisional Constitution in particular marks the beginning of a new, democratic era in Somalia. There is now much work to be done. The new Federal Institutions must finalise key pending elements of the Provisional Constitution and embark on stabilisation efforts in all accessible areas in the country, both crucial for the future of a viable federal Somalia.”

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU to strengthen cooperation in the Horn of Africa
    Link EU deepening commitment to stabilising Somalia


  23. Ministers to discuss possible measures to tackle water scarcity
    2012-09-12
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    This week Cyprus hosts the Informal Agriculture meeting.  Ministers will especially discuss on water scarcity and land abandonment, both linked to adverse climate conditions. As the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy is ongoing, the attention of Member States is to be on conserving Europe’s potential for the production of food, renewables and public goods.
    Agriculture ministers will meet at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre in Lefkosia (Nicosia), and will submit their views on potential measures so as to improve water management and soil protection help farmers adapt to climate change. The discussion will be based on the working document prepared by the Cyprus Presidency.

    Source: Cyprus Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link Working document
    Link Water Scarcity & Droughts


  24. The EC claws back €215 million in EU agricultural policy funds
    2012-09-12

    According to recent updates, the European Commission is claiming back around €215 million of EU agricultural policy funds which have been unduly spent by EU member states under the clearance of accounts procedure.
    As some of these amounts have already been recovered, and the Commission is reimbursing Spain following a Court ruling on a previous disallowance decision, the net financial impact of will be some €94 million.
    This money returns to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Agriculture budget
    Link Differing views on CAP reform



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