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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 337 ]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 337 ]
Send date: 2012-10-01 03:27:11
Issue #: 153
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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 : [28/09/2012]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 1/10 to 8/10/2012
  2. Our video guest: Carlos Fuller, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
  3. BDB held at Charlemagne building
  4. Second meeting to outline PAFO Continental Briefing
  5. Second TDC meeting to tackle EPA implementation
  6. EU-Côte d'Ivoire negotiations for a new FPA protocol ongoing
  7. MS think EU-Mauritania fisheries protocol is not viable
  8. Sahel to receive German help in dealing with consequences of drought
  9. Food security will remain a critical issue for the international community
  10. Ministers raise concerns over drought
  11. AS and EU look forward to science partnership
  12. EU-China to work together to address climate change challenges
  13. EU to help South Sudan meet development challenges
  14. BASIC Quartet discuss common negotiating position
  15. 24th session of the ACP-EU JAP to be held in Suriname
  16. Renewed commitment to accelerate socio-economic development in the ACP
  17. EMFF to help attain CFP objectives
  18. Additional support to Somalia
  19. EC proposal to increase transparency
  20. CAP: EU is moving in the right direction
  21. Ministers adopt a regulation to better protect fish stocks
  22. EU on ‘Energising development’: making goals a reality
  23. ACP countries “not entirely out of the woods”
  24. SA wary of signing EPA without greater agricultural market access
  25. Future management of wine plantings


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week from 1/10 to 8/10/2012
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, Gender and development, Migration and development, New Technologies, ACP-EU Fisheries, Food Security, Health and Development, Food Policy, ACP-EU Policy, Humanitarian Aid

    European Parliament
    - 2 October :  Committee on Foreign affairs
    ACP Group
    - 1 October: Management meeting
    - 2 October: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
    - 4 October:  Committee of Ambassadors
    - 5 October: Committee of Ambassadors’ W/G on the preparation of the 7th ACP Summit

    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: Carlos Fuller, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Policy, Rural development, Health and Development, Food Security, Food Policy, New Technologies

    The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), which officially opened in August 2005, has as its mission the coordination of the Caribbean region’s response to climate change. During the course of the last Brussels Development Briefing, entitled “Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security: proven approaches and new investments”, we had the opportunity to speak to Carlos Fuller, who is one of the centre's experts. He sat down with us to explain the CCCCC's main ongoing projects and developments to date.


    Link Watch the video
    Link Know more about the CCCCC
    Link Brussels Briefings


  3. BDB held at Charlemagne building
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security, Rural development

    The Brussels Development Briefing on “Climate change, agriculture and food security: proven approaches and new investments” took place on 27th September, 2012, at the Charlemagne building, and attracted  more than 180 ACP and EU policy-makers, NGO representatives and Member States delegates actively participated. A wider audience followed the Briefing through a live webstream and participated via email and Twitter.
    Over the course of the coming week, you will be able to find all material related to the Briefing, including photos and videos, at brusselsbriefings.




  4. Second meeting to outline PAFO Continental Briefing
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Rural development

    African farmers’ organizations feel that they need to re-strategize the debate concerning African agriculture and maximize the benefits for smallholders. There is also an urgent need to create incentives, encourage farming as an economic activity, and integrate young farmers into agricultural policies. Following a first meeting in June, 2012, this week a second meeting has been held in Brussels to outline the structure of the next Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) Continental Briefing, which will focus on defining the future of African agriculture and the renewed role of farmers’ organizations with the support of CTA and the African Union Commission. 
    The PAFO Continental Briefing will aim to expand knowledge on key areas; promote the exchange of expertise and experience; facilitate networking; provide a platform for policy dialogue and strengthen the PAFO as the continental farmers’ platform. Around 150 participants representing the five African regions are expected to attend the Continental Briefing, one-third of which will be representing farmers’ organizations. Other stakeholders will include: decentralized local communities, policy makers, researchers, agri-business sector representatives, financial institutions and insurance providers, as well as international organizations and RECs. Updates will follow on the Continental Briefing to be held in January 2013. For further information contact boto@cta.int or brasesco@cta.int.




  5. Second TDC meeting to tackle EPA implementation
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Trinidad and Tobago will host the Second Meeting of the Trade and Development Committee (TDC) this week, under the Caribbean Forum of ACP (CARIFORUM)-EU-EPA framework. A preparatory meeting of CARIFORUM officials, also to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, will be convened ahead of the TDC.
    “The upcoming TDC provides both the CARIFORUM and EU sides the opportunity to address a range of pressing matters ahead of the next meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council,” said the CARIFORUM Coordinator and Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate, Mr Ivan Ogando Lora.
    Matters for discussion at the upcoming TDC relate heavily to Trade in Goods and Trade in Services, but other areas covered by the EPA are also on the agenda. These include Data Protection, Public Procurement, Competition and Geographical Indications.
    In addition, the Meeting will discuss preparations for monitoring the implementation of the EPA, both the benefits derived and the obligations met, and efforts to establish the Consultative Committee which will allow civil society groups an opportunity to participate in the implementation of the EPA.
    The TDC is the second highest institution of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Institutions which oversee the implementation of the EPA. The Committee brings together Officials from the CARIFORUM and EU sides and is charged with overseeing implementation of the EPA. It is also mandated with preparing the ground for the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council (JC). The JC is the highest EPA Institution and meets at Ministerial level.

    Source:The stkittsnevis observer


    Link Read more
    Link CARIFORUM-EU-EPA
    Link Adverse effects in the Caribbean


  6. EU-Côte d'Ivoire negotiations for a new FPA protocol ongoing
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    During the course of the 3186th Council meeting, ministers 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 Cote d'Ivoire.
    The aim of the new protocol will be to ensure continued access to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire exclusive economic zone (EEZ) since the current protocol dating back from 1 July 2007 expires on 30 June 2013.
    This new protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Cote d'Ivoire should be in line with the 19 March 2012 Council conclusions on a communication of 14 July 2011 from the Commission on external dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link  EU-Côte d'Ivoire FPA
    Link Common Fisheries Policy


  7. MS think EU-Mauritania fisheries protocol is not viable
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    Following the request of the Spanish delegation, ministers were briefed by the Commission on the fisheries protocol between the EU and Mauritania that, as we informed our readers, was initialed in July this year.
    Several member states considered together with Spain that the current fishing agreement negotiated with Mauritania was not viable for the EU because of the conditions imposed in the framework of this protocol. Several delegations called for re-negotiation of the conditions in the protocol.
    Although worried about the future utilisation of the protocol, other member states appreciated many of the new elements therein. The Commission pointed out that this agreement was the best possible under the difficult circumstances.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Mauritania FP
    Link Europêche rejects new fisheries protocol


  8. Sahel to receive German help in dealing with consequences of drought
    2012-09-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries, ACP-EU Policy, New Technologies, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Humanitarian Aid, Food Security

    The German government will provide some  €5.7 million to address the consequences of drought in the Sahel region. Dirk Niebel, Germany’s Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development has pointed out accordingly: "Germany provided help early on, launching its first operations in November 2011 to mitigate the emerging famine.
    The additional funding we are now providing for the countries in the Sahel region is intended to help make the local population more resilient. I feel that it is important – just as it was during the famine in the Horn of Africa last year – to follow up the humanitarian aid provided by the German government with medium to long-term measures aimed at improving food security and getting agricultural production started again. This is the only way to prevent famine in the future."
    The additional funds will be used to support measures in Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Mali, which have all been affected by the drought particularly severely.

    Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


    Link Read more
    Link The BMZ
    Link Further steps to improve security


  9. Food security will remain a critical issue for the international community
    2012-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, Food Security

    Following the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, which took place in Hanoi in early September 2012, the Netherlands delegation took the opportunity during the last meeting of the Council on Agriculture and fisheries and briefed the ministers on the main conclusions made.
    The conference, co-organised by the Netherlands and Vietnam, constituted a follow-up of a similar conference which took place in the Hague in November 2010.  The event in Vietnam underscored that food security is and will remain a critical issue for the international community, given that global food production must rise by at least 70 percent in 2050 in order to feed 9 billion people.
    It recognized that food security, poverty, climate change, and sustainable development are closely linked, and can no longer be considered separately. It insisted on the fact that agricultural policies have an important role to play with regard to these challenges.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Conference
    Link Brussels briefings on Agriculture


  10. Ministers raise concerns over drought
    2012-09-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Environment, Rural development

    The Council on Agriculture and Fisheries was briefed by the Hungarian, Bulgarian, Italian, Portuguese and Slovenian delegations regarding the consequences of drought in some regions of the EU and the world.  The Greek delegation then took the opportunity to brief the Council on the consequences of drought on the husbandry sector, in particular regarding the rise of feed prices.
    Some delegations acknowledged the situation described above and stressed the need of drawing a lesson from this situation to feed the current debate on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy market measures (Single CMO).
    Yet, the Commission indicated that despite the drought the EU had an adequate domestic supply of cereals and that import duties had already been
    suspended for soft wheat until the end of 2012.
    The Commission recognised a rise in feed costs and recalled that last July it had already given its green light to proposals submitted by Member States to advance 2012 direct payments and it was prepared to make use of all the margin
    available within the current legislation, including de minimis state aid or other state aid schemes to address the concerns expressed.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Droughts cut Europe's food output
    Link The European Drought Centre (EDC)


  11. AS and EU look forward to science partnership
    2012-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : New Technologies

    According to the South African Ministry of Science and Technology, South Africa and the European Union (EU) will discuss further opportunities for partnerships in science, technology and innovation.
    Future opportunities would be further discussed when EU commissioner for research, innovation, and science Maire Geoghegan-Quinn visits South Africa in November as part of a series of events celebrating 15 years of the SA-EU science and technology agreement.
    The EU has provided €30-million between 2007 and 2013 to South Africa’s DST to supplement its budget aimed at using science and technology for poverty relief.
    Speaking at the EU summit in Brussels last week, President Jacob Zuma took the occasion to recall  that South African science system made an important contribution to global science and technology initiatives from particle physics to exploring Mars. “In addition, South Africa is globally recognised for its groundbreaking efforts in using science and technology for the key challenges of our time including, food security, climate change, health, and poverty alleviation”, he said.

    Source: Engineering news


    Link Read more
    Link Know about ESASTAP
    Link SA-EU Joint Science Committee


  12. EU-China to work together to address climate change challenges
    2012-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce of the Republic of China, have recently signed a financing agreement promoting the environment, transition towards a low-carbon economy and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in China.
    Following the agreement, Andris Piebalgs stated:  "[ The]  agreement with China is a concrete example of how we can work in partnership to tackle global and shared challenges. We commend China's commitments and we'll support their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; to make cities cleaner and to better manage water, waste and heavy metal pollution. The EU has a solid experience in the fight against climate change and the path towards a green economy that we're happy to share. The results of these projects will benefit all of us and contribute to our common objective: a sustainable development of the planet."

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU-China environment Cooperation
    Link The EU and China’s engagement in Africa


  13. EU to help South Sudan meet development challenges
    2012-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    The EU has earmarked at least €3 million to improve South Sudan’s microeconomic policies and institutions. The donation will be funnelled through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) trust fund, and will be specifically aimed at developing skills and polices in the young nation, through IMF’s expert capacity development activities.
    The agreement, which was reportedly signed by Francesco Mosca, the EU Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and IMF Deputy Managing Director, Nemat Shafik, has also been earmarked to support capacity building in statistics.
    “The European Union has made it a priority to help the South Sudanese Government to respond to the country’s multiple economic and development challenges. By becoming the principal donor to the Trust Fund, the EU wants to forge a privileged relationship with the IMF, and concert efforts towards strengthening economic governance in South Sudan,” said Mosca, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

    Source: Sudan tribune


    Link Read more
    Link EU-South Sudan
    Link EU and South Sudan ties to grow stronger


  14. BASIC Quartet discuss common negotiating position
    2012-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    According to The Economic Times, following the recently-held Bangkok round of UN-sponsored climate negotiations, the BASIC quartet - Brazil, South Africa, India and China - met in Brazil to discuss their common negotiating position for the year-end talks in Doha, Qatar.While there are differences within the quartet over the legal nature of the new climate regime talks on which will be held in Doha, and the controversial European Union Emission Trading Scheme, there is enough common ground between these countries.
    The one issue of clear agreement was the quartet's commitment to the extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the iconic 1997 treaty, which legally required developed countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    Source: Economic Times


    Link Read more
    Link Basic: Crucial for the Global environment
    Link Doha Climate Change Conference


  15. 24th session of the ACP-EU JAP to be held in Suriname
    2012-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    Suriname will host the 24th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, an event that will gather more than 200 participants from Africa, the Caribbean, Pacific and Europe to discuss key issues of ACP-EU cooperation.
    The Speaker of the National Assembly of Suriname, Hon. Jennifer Geerlings-Simmons met with ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas in Brussels, with the aim of offering  assurances that groundwork was well underway for a successful meeting. The country, which borders Brazil, Guyana and French Guyana, had put it its bid to host the key international forum in 2011.
    Speaking of Suriname, the ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas notably said:  “We have had the Secretariat’s team on the ground and by all reports, progress has been very satisfactory. Suriname has the backing of the entire Caribbean region in hosting this very significant meeting and the ACP stands in solidarity with the nation on this important opportunity. We have always had very good participation from Suriname at ACP meetings here in Brussels and we are sure they will be excellent hosts to both ACP representatives and our friends from the EU.”

     

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Suriname and the EU
    Link ACP-EU JAP


  16. Renewed commitment to accelerate socio-economic development in the ACP
    2012-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, New Technologies

    The UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD)  recently hosted a high-level ACP-EC delegation from Brussels along with various representatives of Turkish institutions.
    The involved parties announced their intentions to further enhance the role of private sector in development in cooperation with IICPSD for the benefit of the 40 Least Developed Countries belonging to the ACP space. The increasing significance of the role of private sector in the ACP countries as a necessary partner for sustainable development and as a bridging actor within the global market was underlined. The participating Turkish institutions explicitly declared their willingness to share their experience in trade and economic cooperation with the ACP countries involving the IICPSD and in coordination with UNDP Brussels and the European Commission. The ACP Secretariat expressed its commitment to encourage ACP countries to utilize the experience of Turkey and of the European private sector in developing inclusive value-chains and in identifying business solutions for poverty alleviation. The European Commission stated its interest in partnering with the IICPSD towards developing institutional capacities for inclusive market building across ACP countries.

    Source: ACP


    Link Read more
    Link Know more about IICPSD
    Link Contributions of private sector to development


  17. EMFF to help attain CFP objectives
    2012-09-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    During the course of the last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, ministers had an orientation debate on a proposal for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This proposal is related both to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 currently under discussion and to the ongoing reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) covering the same period. Mr Aletraris, the Cyprus minister, who presiding over the meeting stressed that one of the main purposes of the meeting was “to achieve sustainable fishing”.
    The new fund is aimed at helping attain the objectives of both the CFP and the EU's Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) and is structured around the following pillars: Smart green fisheries, enabling a smooth transition to sustainable fishing; Smart green aquaculture, to give EU consumers access to healthy and nutritional food produced by a competitive and sustainable industry; Sustainable and inclusive development of communities depending on fisheries, Cross-sectoral maritime policies generating savings and growth.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link The European fisheries fund
    Link Know more about the IMP


  18. Additional support to Somalia
    2012-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Food Security

    Additional support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), will be provided by the EU. The renewed EU support, will allow AMISOM to continue to fulfill its mandate. EU support covers costs such as troop allowances, costs of the police and civilian component of the mission, medical care, housing, fuel, and communication equipment.
    The EU's latest funding decision amounts to €82 million. It comes ahead of a High Level meeting on Somalia organised by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York, which the High Representative and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton will attend.
    Prior to the meeting Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development  has stated: "AMISOM has been playing a key role in creating the ground for a better future of Somalia, giving the people of the country hope and a perspective of peace. That is why AMISOM and our support to it is essential. It creates the basic conditions for the Somali people to live their lives in safety, pursue economic activities and rebuild their country. The EU is helping them in overcoming the many remaining challenges, for example by improving food security, strengthening the rule of law and creating better schools for children.”

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU welcomes the ‘beginning of a new democratic era’
    Link EU-Somalia


  19. EC proposal to increase transparency
    2012-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The Commission has adopted a proposal designed to apply new rules with regard to the publication of information on the beneficiaries of European agricultural funds. This legislative review has been prompted by a 2010 judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) which invalidated part of Commission Regulation (EC) 259/2008, particularly as regards the publication of information on individual beneficiaries of the agricultural funds. This proposal takes into account the legal constraints inherent to the protection of personal data by setting certain limits upon the publication of individual names and by asking Member States to publish more detailed information, particularly on the type of aid and the description of the measures for which the funds have been allocated.
    ‘At a time when many Member States’ national budgets are being squeezed, I consider it vital to inform citizens how the aid from the Union's Common Agricultural Policy is being spent,’ stated Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, on the day the Commission adopted the new Transparency Regulation.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link See the regulation
    Link Beneficiaries of CAP payments


  20. CAP: EU is moving in the right direction
    2012-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Fisheries

    Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris,  thinks that the CAP is moving in the right direction. During the course of the first day of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council  (Brussels),  ministers continued the intensive work on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) Reform with the aim of achieving a partial general approach before the end of the Cyprus Presidency. In particular, ministers exchanged views of the draft Rural Development Regulation and the draft Regulation on the proposed Single Market Organisation.
    According to a recent update by the Cyprus Presidency,  the orientation debate on both regulations was introduced by means of a Presidency questionnaire, which focused on Member States’ concerns.
    Regarding the Rural Development Regulation, Member States were positive for the proposed greater flexibility on the application of fine tuning as regards excluding those areas facing significant natural constraints (ANC) which have been overcome by investments or economic activities. Member states were also positive towards prolonging the transition period up to the end of 2015.
    Many delegations noted that the Commission Proposal regarding the safety net strikes the right balance even though there is space for further improvements. Regarding the reference prices a great number of delegations supported a mechanism for an adaptation. A smaller number of member states consider the current level of reference prices to be sufficient.  
    The Council will continue its work on the CAP reform at its next meeting in October.

    Source: Cyprus Presidency


    Link Read more
    Link EU Presidency priorities-CAP
    Link Agriculture and Fisheries Council,


  21. Ministers adopt a regulation to better protect fish stocks
    2012-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    During the course of the last Council meeting on agriculture and Fisheries, ministers have adopted a regulation on certain measures in relation to countries allowing non-sustainable fishing for the purpose of conservation of fish stocks following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament.
    This regulation provides a framework allowing the EU to take measures for protecting fish stocks against third
    countries engaged in unsustainable practices in the management of fish resources they share with the EU.

    Source: Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Steps against unsustainable fishing
    Link Agenda for the Agriculture and Fisheries Council


  22. EU on ‘Energising development’: making goals a reality
    2012-09-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy, Environment, Rural development

    As we informed our readers in April, 2012, Mr Barroso stressed that the EU is committeed to promoting energy access and efficiency in developing countries. He announced that in the framework of  "Energising Development" initiative, the EU would create a Technical Assistance Facility which will be expected to help those developing countries that commit to the necessary reforms to catalyse and leverage investment. Andris Piebalgs European Commissioner for Development has recently attended the high-level event ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ in New York. Notably, he said that “the EU is transforming this pledge into concrete action”.
    He highlighted that the  European Commission “is ready to make the goals of this initiative a reality” as there are hundreds of people in its offices across the globe mobilised for this effort. Mr. Pielbags also took the opportunity to mention some of the EC projects : “Only two weeks ago, a senior team of EU and World Bank representatives visited Kinshasa to discuss projects around the Great Lakes. They discussed the last steps for financing the Ruzizi II hydropower project and started working on the development of the Inga River potential. We are working with Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC to establish a regional Energy Plan, creating the conditions for investment to flow into an area that could be the green powerhouse of central Africa.”
    He also said that with the implementation of the so-called Agenda for Change, mapping out priorities for EU development assistance from 2014 onwards, it can be expected to add “another several hundred million Euro to th[e] figure for sustainable and inclusive energy investments every year.”
    In his conclusion remarks, he was pleased to announce that “the EU is willing in principle to support a coordination mechanism with both significant financing and seconded staff.”

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Energising development: The EU is “in”
    Link Sustainable energy for all


  23. ACP countries “not entirely out of the woods”
    2012-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    Members of Parliament from the ACP met in Brussels last week to prepare the upcoming Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly,  to be held in Paramaribo, Suriname,  in November. According to the press service of the ACP Secretariat,  the meeting heard reports from the Assembly’s Standing Committees as well as special presentations by the Ambassadorial Working Group for Future Perspectives of the ACP and the Working Group on the 7th ACP Summit for Heads of States and Governments, planned for December.
    The ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas took the opportunity to thank the European Parliament, as it voted to extend the deadline for the EPA negotiations by two years. "They have heard your voices not to withdraw Market Access Regulation 1528 [which would amend the list of countries with privileged access] at such short notice...I believe that provides a more conducive atmosphere for the negotiations to continue” said the Secretary General.  
     Dr Chambas added that ACP countries “were not entirely out of the woods yet” on the matter: “By the EU procedures, when the Commission’s position differs as it does now from the Parliament position, there will be a reconciliation meeting at the level of the EU Council.”

    Source: ACP Sec


    Link Read more
    Link ACP Secretary General reacts to EP vote
    Link  EPAs: MEPs make a move in favour of the ACP Group


  24. SA wary of signing EPA without greater agricultural market access
    2012-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    According to an article by Business Day, it is unlikely that South Africa will sign an EPA with the EU unless market access for agricultural products is broadened significantly. Under the existing trade and development corporation agreement (TDCA), about 95% of agricultural exports from the EU enter SA duty free, while only about 70% of SA's shipments to the EU enjoy the same duty-free market access. Overall, SA enjoys 95% duty- and quota-free access to the EU.
    Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has stated accordingly that SA needs to secure some material benefit to the country’s businesses over what it has now.
    Even if SA has increased its focus on building relations with other developing countries, particularly China, the EU remains its biggest trading partner, with 26% of exports going to the EU.

    Source: Business Day


    Link Read more
    Link Trade to top agenda at South Africa-EU summit
    Link EU Engagement in South Africa


  25. Future management of wine plantings
    2012-09-24
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, ACP-EU Trade

    The High Level Group on Wine met this week to discuss the future management of wine plantings. Following the discussions in the first two meetings, the Commission has presented several ideas for a system to apply after 2015.The Commission accepts that the liberalisation decided in the 2008 reform has created serious concerns among producers, and is therefore open to a more flexible solution, but certainly not a simple extension of the old system.
    According to José Manuel Silva Rodriguez, Director General of the European Commission’s DG AGRI “[i]f there is to be a system of managing plantings, it must be flexible, non-restrictive, both at EU and Member State level, and involve the sector.”
    According to the EC, two essential and complimentary tools have been discussed during the course of the meeting: a management of plantings for wines with geographical indications (PGI, PDO), and a safeguard clause to avoid a rapid expansion in planting of wines without geographical indications. Member States reacted favourably to these concepts and will submit further comments to the Commission in writing in the coming weeks. A fourth and final meeting of the High Level group is foreseen for the end of November, during which it is hoped that the group will draw up conclusions to this process of reflection initiated by EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos in January 2012.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link SCOF agrees new EU rules for ‘Organic Wine’
    Link Reform of the wine sector




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