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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 336 ]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 336 ]
Send date: 2012-09-24 10:02:21
Issue #: 151
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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 : [21/09/2012]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 24/09 to 30/09/2012
  2. Our video guest: Fatoumia Ali Bazi, Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
  3. Brussels development Briefing: follow the debate online
  4. EP move on EPA deadline to benefit Zimbabwe
  5. EC adopts proposal to amend honey rules
  6. Mr. Lamy calls for revitalization of the Multilateral trading system
  7. GDP alone not a good measure of poverty
  8. EU Aid volunteers to assist in 2014-2020 humanitarian operations
  9. PECH Committee calls for the eradication of IUUF
  10. EPA may prevent ‘real industrialisation’ in EAC
  11. EPA issue prompts discussion at the 5th EU-SA Summit
  12. Brussels will see EDD12
  13. EU development assistance for water sanitation projects
  14. Better international coordination to reduce food price volatility
  15. MDG 5 implementation in Africa gaining ground
  16. Back-and-forth discussion on Food Security
  17. Mr. Chambas : “The EP has shown wise political judgment”
  18. 5th EU-SA Summit to strengthen strategic partnership
  19. Barbadian NGOs to benefit from an EU grant scheme
  20. Zimbabwe: on its way to recovery
  21. EU to maintain support for Ghana
  22. Towards a more sustainable fishing policy
  23. EU court case says EU bloc already approved GMOs


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 24/09 to 30/09/2012
    2012-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Archive, Regional Fisheries, Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy

     

    European Parliament
    -24 September :  Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
    -19 September :  Committee on Fisheries
    Council of ministers
    -19 September :  Agriculture and Fisheries Council  (AGRI-FISH), (Brussels)
    -24 September : General Affairs Council (GAC) (Brussels)
    - 26 September: COREPER I
    - 26 et 28 September :  COREPER II
    ACP Group
    - 24 September: Management meeting
    - 25 September: Joint ACP-EC Tecnhical  Sugar experts meeting
    - 25 September: S/C  Sustainable Development
    - 26 September: S/C Trade and commodity Protocols
    - 27 September: Pacific ACP Trade officials
    - 28 September: Committee of Ambasssadors’W/G on the preparation of the 7TH ACP Summit
    Research events
    - 25 September: Organic and Law Input Agriculture: Implementing Innovation to respond EU challenges (Lanarca)
    - 26 September: High Level Conference on Rural Development and sustainable farming approaches for Mediterranean areas and beyond (Lanarca)
    -27 September : Brussels Development Briefing: Climate change, agriculture and food security

    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: Fatoumia Ali Bazi, Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
    2012-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Environment

    The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) is an initiative of the European Union (EU), aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation on climate change with developing countries. The Borschette center, located in Brussels, recently hosted the 2012 GCCA Global learning  meeting, which gathered a wide range of partners. The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) -which is an intergovernmental organization that brings together Seychelles, Madagascar, Maurice, Comoros and Reunion Island (France) to encourage cooperation- was invited to the event. We had the opportunity to speak with Fatoumia Ali Bazi,  Project Manager  at the IOC, and former speaker at one of the ACP regional briefings. She explained to us the main priorities  of the IOC and future projects on climate change at a regional level.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Global Climate Change Alliance
    Link Know more about the IOC


  3. Brussels development Briefing: follow the debate online
    2012-09-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security, ACP-EU Policy, Food Policy, Rural development

    The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on 27th September, 2012, and  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

    You can follow the debate online by clicking here, as the event will be web-streamed.


    Link Brussels Briefings
    Link Register
    Link Webstreaming


  4. EP move on EPA deadline to benefit Zimbabwe
    2012-09-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Following the EP vote last week, analysts have welcomed the extension of the proposed deadline for the conclusion of EPAs between the EU and ACP countries, as this move will allow African nations to realign their economies.
    Speaking of Zimbabwe, the trade expert Mr Gift Mugano said in an interview by The Herald that this move “will give many African economies including Zimbabwe to align their economies with the new order […] The previous deadline (of January 1 2013) was disastrous as most of our economies are very fragile. Zimbabwe, for example, cannot compete with regional players […] So the decision by the EU will certainly give [the country] a lifeline to address its structural challenges," he said.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link Britain: keen on easing Zimbabwe sanctions
    Link Zimbabwe: on its way to recovery


  5. EC adopts proposal to amend honey rules
    2012-09-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to recent updates, the European Commission has adopted a proposal to amend rules on honey to clarify the true nature of pollen following a European Court of Justice preliminary ruling. In line with international WTO standards, the proposal defines pollen as a natural constituent of honey and not as an ingredient.
    The Court of Justice based its interpretation on the honey directive dating back to 2001 and qualified pollen as an ingredient in honey arguing that the pollen is found in honey mainly due to intervention by the beekeeper. However, the Commission proposal recognises that pollen is a natural constituent and not an ingredient of honey; it enters into the hive as a result of the activity of the bees and is found in honey regardless of whether the beekeeper intervenes. Consequently, since pollen is considered as a natural constituent of honey, EU labelling rules requiring a list of ingredients would not apply.
    The Commission's proposal will not affect the conclusion of the Court as regards the application of the GMO legislation to GM pollen in food. In particular it does not alter the Court conclusion that honey containing GM pollen can be placed on the market only if it is covered by an authorisation under the legislation. Furthermore, the labelling rules on GMO in food will also be applicable3. The proposal also aims to align the existing Commission implementing powers in the Honey Directive 2001/110/EC with those introduced by the Lisbon Treaty.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link The case
    Link World and Community situation 1997-2005


  6. Mr. Lamy calls for revitalization of the Multilateral trading system
    2012-09-21
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    According to recent updates by the WTO, slowing global output growth is leading economists to downgrade the 2012 forecast for world trade expansion to 2.5% from 3.7% and to scale back the 2013 estimate to 4.5% from 5.6%.  Accordingly, Pascal Lamy, WTO Director-General, states: “In an increasingly interdependent world, economic shocks in one region can quickly spread to others.
    The WTO Director-General stresses that more needs to be done. He says that it is needed needed a renewed commitment to revitalise the multilateral trading system which can restore economic certainty at a time when it is badly needed. “The last thing the world economy needs right now is the threat of rising protectionism” he adds.

    Source: WTO


    Link Read more
    Link International Trade Statistics
    Link Principles of the trading system


  7. GDP alone not a good measure of poverty
    2012-09-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive, Rural development, Food Security, ACP-EU Policy

    According to the EP development (DEVE) committee, countries cannot be selected for bilateral development aid on the basis of per-capita income alone.  MEPs call for a broader approach and recall the huge poverty and inequality challenges in "upper middle-income countries", which would lose EU bilateral aid under the Commission's plans.
    The committee adopted a set of amendments to the Commission's proposal for the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) — the EU's largest external financing instrument. — to which it has earmarked EUR 23.3 billion for 2014-2020.
    Delving into the GDP indicator, the rapporteur Thijs Berman, stressed that “the EP is ensuring that the focus is on the poorest countries and the most vulnerable groups. GDP alone does not reflect the level of poverty in countries. You have to take into account the spread of wealth”.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Commission's proposal
    Link Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)


  8. EU Aid volunteers to assist in 2014-2020 humanitarian operations
    2012-09-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The European Commission is to develop a global initiative that will create opportunities for some 10,000 people to  volunteer  in  worldwide humanitarian operations for the period 2014-2020. Accordingly,  Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response has stated that EU Aid Volunteers "will demonstrate our European solidarity by helping those most in need.”
    The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will provide a path for Europeans eager to help practically where help is most urgently needed. The number of natural and man-made disasters in the world has significantly increased over the last years and this trend is unfortunately likely to continue. Humanitarian organisations need more well-prepared people to support them helping communities struck by disasters.
    The Commission proposes to develop European standards for managing volunteers in humanitarian projects, and a training programme to prepare volunteers for deployment. Only well-prepared volunteers will have the possibility to be deployed as 'EU Aid Volunteers' in humanitarian projects.
    The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will be implemented in close cooperation with humanitarian organisations that adhere to the standards and would need to be certified to become 'sending organisations'. These standards will notably include provisions for safety and security of the volunteers which is of paramount importance in humanitarian operations.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU Aid Volunteers
    Link Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response


  9. PECH Committee calls for the eradication of IUUF
    2012-09-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    In a report on the external dimension of the common fisheries policy, Fisheries (PECH) Committeee called for the eradication of illegal, unregulated and unreported fisheries  (IUUF) worldwide. MEPs  stressed that the EU needs to set up effective partnerships with key countries.
    Speaking of bilateral fisheries agreements with third countries, the PECH Committee highlighted that EU vessels should not compete with local fishermen for the same resources and welcomed the European Commission's intention to include a human rights safeguard clause.
    As a way of preventing over-exploitation, MEPs  emphasized the significance of  obtaining reliable data from each state on the total amount of fishing done in its waters, in order to prevent over-exploitation.

    Source: European Parliament/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about PECH Committee
    Link Illegal Fishing


  10. EPA may prevent ‘real industrialisation’ in EAC
    2012-09-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Benjamin Mkapa, Chair at The South Centre, has once more warned the East African Community (EAC) that signing an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) could lead to countries therein being denied the chance to develop into industrialized nations in their own right. "If we sign the EPA and other sub-regions do so too, we would be giving up the better option we had before us, which allows for real industrialization", he said in a keynote address.
    In seeming agreement  with  Professor Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria,  who has stated that EPAs would have detrimental outcomes for Africa, Mr. Mkapa recalls that Least Developed and Developing Countries must always ask whether trade agreements are to help increase domestic production, encourage diversification and industrialization, increase food security, provide quality employment and support the region's move from largely raw natural resource exporters, towards producers of more sophisticated products.

     

    Source: Observer/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about the EAC
    Link Another note on EPAs


  11. EPA issue prompts discussion at the 5th EU-SA Summit
    2012-09-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    As we reported earlier this week, leaders at the 5th European Union-South Africa Summit met to discuss a series of key issues such as the global economic situation, climate change, trade, development cooperation, and peace and security issues in Africa and the Middle East. However, the talks quickly turned to the topic of EPA negotiations.  In particular, the SA President, Jacob Zuma, urged  EU leaders to break the deadlock with the 15 nations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)."[S]everal key issues in the EPA negotiations remain still to be resolved", he stressed.
    Mr. Zuma called upon the EU for more understanding and flexibility, as he thought that the ‘EPA’ state of affairs is “indeed unsustainable”. From the EU side, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso said the South African side had the sincere commitment to reach an agreement. Both sides seemed to hope progress in the next round of talks, which is set to take place late this year.
    The EU is South Africa's largest trading partner - accounting for nearly a third of the country's trade in 2010 - and also its most important donor, providing some 70 percent of aid in what is the EU's largest bilateral envelope.

    Source: CTA/Brecoder


    Link Link
    Link Know more abou SADC
    Link 5th EU-SA Summit


  12. Brussels will see EDD12
    2012-09-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, Aid effectiveness, Environment, ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Archive

    Brussels will see the European Development Days 2012 (EDD12) in October.  Some of the focus areas of this two-day (October 16th and 17th) event will be sustainable agriculture, food security, resilience, inclusive growth and private sector engagement in international development.
    According to an article by DEVEX, the EDD12 takes place at a critical juncture for EU external funding. EU ministers are now debating the regional bloc’s next budget, and some have suggested a cut in aid spending given the eurozone crisis. The European Union and its 27 member states make for the world’s largest donor, providing more than half of all official development assistance.
    In an exclusive interview with the international development site, Andris Piebalgs reaffirms why the European Union should keep its promise to meet the internationally agreed-upon aid funding target of 0.7 percent of gross national income by 2015. Notably, he previews what’s in store for delegates at the EDD12 and shares some of the big names in attendance.

    Source: Devex/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link EDD12
    Link Andris Piebalgs


  13. EU development assistance for water sanitation projects
    2012-09-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Archive

    Next week, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will present the report 13/2012, entitled ‘European Union Development Assistance for Drinking-Water Supply and Basic Sanitation in Sub-Saharan Countries’, which is a performance audit that intends to assess whether the Commission has managed EU development assistance for drinking water and basic sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa so as to lead to effective and sustainable results.
    The Court examined a sample of 23 projects in six countries, which represent a significant part of the aid delivered to that region, to see whether project results had been delivered and were likely to be sustained over time.
    Mr David Bostock, Member of the ECA, will present in a press conference (International Press Center, Luxembourg) the main conclusions and recommendations of the report.
    The European Union provides development assistance for water and sanitation throughout the world, including sub-Saharan Africa. Safe drinking water and sanitation improve health, and thus lead to faster economic growth and reduced poverty.

    Source:  European Court of Auditors


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about ECA
    Link Water and Sanitation


  14. Better international coordination to reduce food price volatility
    2012-09-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, Food Security

    During the course of a meeting in Paris, French President François Hollande and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva stressed the need to work for better international coordination and increased information exchange, as these help ease tight markets.
    Speaking of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), Graziano da Silva said that its establishment, by the G20 in 2011, is important to improve market information and reduce volatility.
    Additionally, the FAO Director-General took the opportunity to highlight the role played by France in placing food security and food price volatility on the international agenda. "France shares FAO's and the UN's position that we are not in a food price crisis”, he stressed.
    AMIS was set up in 2011 to improve transparency and information flows on global markets and, through its Rapid Response Forum, to promote better coordination of policy responses to food price volatility.
    France has been chair of AMIS since it was created. At the end of September, the United States assumes the chair for a 12-month period.
    During the meeting, President Hollande stated that "the old order has gone but the new one has not yet emerged," including the need to create new governance arrangements to adequately address hunger and new challenges to world food security in the long-run.

    Source: FAO/CTA


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about AMIS
    Link World Food Situation


  15. MDG 5 implementation in Africa gaining ground
    2012-09-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, ACP-EU Policy

    According to an article by the Ghana News Agency, Nicholas Westcott, EEAS Managing Director for Africa, has stressed that poverty is decreasing in Africa and that the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal 5 approaching its targets. Speaking on EU-Ghana cooperation, Mr. Westcott said that these are building a dynamic relationship in trade.
    Mr. Westcott made these statements during the course of the interaction programme -posted on our weblog last week- "Africa and the EU: Moving Forward or Time for Change”, which was organized by the EU Delegation in Accra.
    Additionally, he recalled that the EU was encouraging African countries to promote three policies in their countries which were Economic, Political and Diplomatic Cooperation with the EU and the world at large.


    Source: CTA/Ghana News Agency


    Link Read more
    Link MDG 5
    Link EU to maintain support for Ghana


  16. Back-and-forth discussion on Food Security
    2012-09-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, Food Security

    Just weeks before the European Development Days 2012 is set to take place, Debating Europe raises awareness over food security. The platform, which aims to provoke as much back-and-forth discussion as possible between the readers and experts, asks: “How can we ensure greater food security for the world’s hungry? Could new technologies help us grow food more effectively? Or do we need to stop wasting so much food, and try to be more efficient in how we consume?”
    Debating Europe will collect comments and take them to policy-makers and experts to hear their reactions.

    Source: Debating Europe


    Link Read more
    Link Briefing on Food Crisis
    Link EDD12


  17. Mr. Chambas : “The EP has shown wise political judgment”
    2012-09-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    As we reported last week, the EP’s vote on the proposed amendment to Council Regulation (EC) 1528/2007, in which the ACP Group negotiating EPAs with the EU would be required to conclude these before 1 January 2014,  was a positive move for the ACP. Accordingly, the Secretary General of the ACP Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas stated that “the EP has shown wise political judgment in extending the period for negotiation of EPAs to 1 January 2016”.
    Mr. Chambas stresses that “two year extension can help to facilitate a more serene environment to make balanced decisions beneficial to all parties.”
    Yet, he hopes that the Commission will demonstrate such flexibility in order to resolve the outstanding contentious issues between now and 2016.

    Source: ACP/EU


    Link Read more
    Link EAC EPA negotiations later this year?
    Link MEPs make a move in favour of the ACP Group


  18. 5th EU-SA Summit to strengthen strategic partnership
    2012-09-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    As we were informing our readers last week, the 5th European Union-South Africa Summit is to take place in Brussels. This meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strengthen the strategic partnership between the EU and South Africa and discuss a number of key issues, in particular the global economic situation, climate change, trade, development cooperation, and peace and security issues in Africa and in the Middle East.
    The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The Republic of South Africa will be represented by President Jacob Zuma. Commissioners for Trade Karel de Gucht, for Development Andris Piebalgs and for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will also be attending the Summit on the European side. Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, as well as the ministers for Trade, Finance, Science & Technology, Energy, and Transport will accompany President Zuma on the South African side.
    Days before the summit, Herman Van Rompuy has stated: "The Summit comes at an important juncture, at a time when bold actions are required to accelerate global economic recovery and to consolidate our partnership to stimulate growth and employment. I also look forward to important discussions with President Zuma on how to provide joint leadership and strengthen our partnership in the area of peace and security. We have a joint responsibility to help Somalia and the Sahel achieve lasting peace and development, and to break the spiral of violence and repression in Syria. And we are interested in reinforcing cooperation against piracy, a scourge that affects both South Africa and the European Union."

     

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU27 sees growing surplus in trade with SA
    Link BRICS' allure greater than EU's


  19. Barbadian NGOs to benefit from an EU grant scheme
    2012-09-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Up to ten Barbadian non-governmental organisations (NGO) will have the chance to apply for grant funding aimed at strengthening human rights and human resource development. The Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will fund to the tune of Bds $250 000 a Small Grants Scheme for Non-State Actors (NSA) where NSAs can apply for grants up to maximum of $25 000.
    During a press conference which took place at the EU Delegation’s headquarters this week, Acting Head of European Union (EU) Delegation, Claude Bochu, disclosed that the current grant scheme will become the flagship programme of the Barbados EU NSA Panel and will seek to empower roughly 10 NGOs in Barbados to work on human rights and human resources advocacy.
    The EU diplomat stated that the Delegation was cognisant that many of the NSA organisations in Barbados were primarily volunteer bodies and it was therefore felt that the EU could provide assistance in order to help these organisations achieve their respective mandates.

    Source: Barbados advocate


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Barbados
    Link Barbados and the EU review EDF portfolio


  20. Zimbabwe: on its way to recovery
    2012-09-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, ACP-EU Trade, Archive

    At the height of Zimbabwe's humanitarian crisis in 2002, seven million people were in need of food aid. A decade later, the number of people in need has declined to a million, though it could go up by another 600,000 in 2013. Still, two of the country's biggest donors, the European Union and the US, and their implementing partner, the UN, say Zimbabwe is on its way to recovery and development. The EU has announced that it is scaling down its humanitarian assistance.
    The decision should come as no surprise, reckoned the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). The department "has progressively decreased" the funds allocated to Zimbabwe, from about US$18.9 million in 2010 to around $12.6 million in 2011, then to approximately $6.3 million in 2012, said David Sharrock, the European Commission's spokesperson on International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

    Source: All Africa


    Link Read more
    Link EU shows will to increase investment in Zimbabwe
    Link Zimbabwe-EU - More of the Same?


  21. EU to maintain support for Ghana
    2012-09-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    The EU  will continue its support to Ghana. Even if Ghana has assumed a middle income status, the Union will not hold back its development assistance to the country.
    Dr Nicholas Westcott, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service (EEAS), disclosed this during a lecture in Accra last Thursday. It had the theme, ‘Africa and the EU: Moving forward or time for change?’.
    In attendance were some members of the business and European community, representatives of civil society organisations and members of the diplomatic corps.
    Mr Nicholas, spoke on a wide range of topics including economic partnership, political stability, peace and security, and the turmoil in the Sahel Region - lauded Africa for its economic achievements. “The pace of change in Africa is accelerating. On a continental average, growth has risen in the past decade to five per cent or more, with some spectacular growth rates, like Ghana’s 14 per cent last year,” he said.

    Source: Ghana Gov


    Link Read more
    Link Additional support to Ghana
    Link EU-Ghana


  22. Towards a more sustainable fishing policy
    2012-09-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The European Parliament has recently adopted a report on the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources. According a recent press release by ALDE, Nils Torvalds took over the report from his predecessor, current Minister of Defence in Finland - Carl Haglund.  The report is one of six reports that form the legislative package concerning the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.  
    Speaking of overfishing, Torvalds pointed out "[It]  is the single largest problem of today's fisheries policy. Two thirds of Europe's fishstocks are overfished, which has led to a decline in yearly catches by 1,5million tonnes and the loss of 130 000 jobs during the last tenyears.    It is  common sense not to fish largerquantities than nature can reproduce. Unfortunately this common sense isnot taken seriously in Europe today".

     

    Source: ALDE


    Link Read more
    Link Sustainability blueprint for EU fisheries policy reform
    Link  Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy


  23. EU court case says EU bloc already approved GMOs
    2012-09-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    Last week, in a ruling  from the European Court of Justice, it was determined that genetically modified crops cannot be subject to individual nation’s authorization because the European bloc already approved their use and marketing.
    "The lack of national rules to ensure so-called co-existence between modified, organic and conventional crops doesn’t entitle an EU member state to prohibit cultivation of biotech crops in a general manner,” the court wrote, according to Bloomberg.
    The case brought before the European court was between Pioneer Hi-Bred Italia Srl and Italy’s agriculture ministry.


    Source: Greenbio


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about GMOs
    Link Surveillance of GMOs




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