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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 342]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 342]
Send date: 2012-11-05 05:48:11
Issue #: 159
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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 : [05/11/2012]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main ACP-EU Events for the week of 5/11/2012 to 11/11/2012
  2. Our Video Guest: Sonja Vermeulen, Head of Research, CCAFS
  3. Malawi reconsiders controversial trade agreement EU
  4. Cyprus' EU budget deal rejected by Commission and Parliament
  5. Zimbabwe-EU trade to improve
  6. Fiji pushes Pacific trade agenda with Europe
  7. EC Publication of revised regulation on the GSP
  8. Developing countries firm up common position for Doha
  9. 29% of Global GHG Emissions from Agriculture and Food Production
  10. Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development
  11. ACP preferences to erode as EU trade with third countries thrive
  12. Commissioner Piebalgs to visit Ghana
  13. European Parliament gives consent on new Food Assistance Convention
  14. Agriculture: from Problem to Solution
  15. Second Meeting of EPA Joint Council held in Brussels
  16. Council adopts new rules to simplify access to EU funds
  17. Africa can feed itself by unblocking regional food trade
  18. Products originating in ACP states
  19. Compulsory recognition of producer organisations and competition rules
  20. Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
  21. ICCAT Annual meeting
  22. Conciliation on EU budget 2013 launched
  23. Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2013
  24. Which Countries Should Get Climate Adaptation Finance?
  25. Preparations for the 18th session of COP 18 to the UFCCC


  1. Main ACP-EU Events for the week of 5/11/2012 to 11/11/2012
    2012-11-05
    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
    -    5 November: Committee on Development
    -    5-6 November: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
    -    5-7 November: Committee on Foreign Affairs
    -    6 November: Committee on International Trade
    -    6 November: Committee on Fisheries

    ACP Group
    -    7-9 November: ACP Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change
    -    7 & 9 November: Committee of Ambassadors’ Working Group 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: Sonja Vermeulen, Head of Research, CCAFS
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Food Security, Food Policy

    The aim of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration between the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).
    Sonja Vermeulen, Head of Research of CCAFS, held a presentation at the 29th Brussels Development Briefing on 'Climate change, agriculture and security, on 27 September 2012. In this interview she talks about the challenges for smallholder farmers due to climate change and looks at the necessary actions to support them. 


    Link Watch video
    Link Find out more about CGIAR-CCAFS
    Link Climate Smart Agriculture


  3. Malawi reconsiders controversial trade agreement EU
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Malawi has opened negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), which have been stalled since 2002. The new round of negotiations could see the administration of President Joyce Banda sign the free trade agreement.
    The EU has extended the deadline for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, including Malawi, to negotiate the EPA from 2014 to 2016. Former President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died after a heart attack in April this year, had refused to sign the agreement, demanding that rural roads, health facilities and education are improved before signing an EPA .
    Mutharika, a former UN trade expert, believed that an EPA would only strengthen Malawi's position as an exporter of agricultural products of low value, deprive the government of political power to use tariffs to protect livelihoods and develop the manufacturing sector. However, the new administration is examining all of the arguments that speak against the EPA and shifting the focus on what the country can gain from the agreement.

    Source: Bilaterals.org


    Link Read more [FR]
    Link EU-ACP EPAs
    Link EU-Malawi Trade


  4. Cyprus' EU budget deal rejected by Commission and Parliament
    2012-11-05

    On 30 October, the European Commission rejected the first proposals containing concrete figures for the EU's 2014-2020 budget presented hours earlier by the Cypriot presidency. The Parliament slammed the proposal for slashing spending on growth and jobs, while Sweden said much bigger cuts were needed.
    Cyprus tabled a 46-page paper, called the ‘revised negotiating box’, which follows two previous versions issued by the Danish and the Cypriot presidencies. But this for the first time contains some concrete figures on spending for the 2014-2020 period. The document proposes €50 billion in savings across all budget headings, or categories.
    A Cypriot presidency source said that “some member states” insist on a €200-billion cut from the €1 trillion proposed by the Commission - a position advocated by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Other countries, led by Germany, insist on a budget that amounts to 1% of the members’ GDP, which would require a cut of €130 billion from the Commission’s proposal.

    Source: EurActiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU Budget
    Link MFF: There are no Sacred Cows


  5. Zimbabwe-EU trade to improve
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    European Union head of delegation Aldo Dell’Ariccia says the return of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines into Zimbabwe after 13 years will boost trade between the Southern African country and the Western bloc. Dell’Ariccia told guests at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Netherlands embassy to Zimbabwe that local hunting and horticulture business were set to grow due to KLM’s return. He said trade between Zimbabwe and the EU, the second major trading partner after South Africa, remained strong, adding that policy consistency by government would maintain an upward trajectory.
    Trade between Zimbabwe and the EU, according Dell’Ariccia, has doubled since 2009 and remains “healthy and growing” with a positive trade balance for Zimbabwe. He added that between 2010 and 2011 trade between the two increased by at least 36%. The EU is the biggest market for horticultural products, accounting for 80% of flower exports, 70% of vegetables and 50% of citrus.

    Source: News Day


    Link Read more
    Link EU-Zimbabwe Trade
    Link Zimbabwe-EU Trade Rises


  6. Fiji pushes Pacific trade agenda with Europe
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Fiji has told Europe’s top trade man: Europe must do more to reach a fair partnership with the Pacific Islands. Attorney-General and Minister for Industry and Trade, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, underscored concerns of Pacific ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) countries over Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations. He did so directly in a meeting in Brussels with the European Commission’s Trade Commissioner Karel de Gutch.
    Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “The Pacific ACP region has been negotiating the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Commission for the past nine years and a number of contentious issues are yet to be resolved.” Political intervention and further technical discussions are crucial to get an amicable conclusion, he stressed.

    Source: Fiji Sun


    Link Read more
    Link EU Trade with Pacific
    Link Commissioner de Gucht


  7. EC Publication of revised regulation on the GSP
    2012-11-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    On 31 October 2012, the European Commission issued a revised regulation on the GSP for developing countries most in need that will take effect from 1 January 2014, thus giving time for economic operators to adapt to the revised regime. The revised regulation has been endorsed by the Council and the European Parliament and it contains the specific tariff preferences granted under the GSP in the form of reduced or zero tariff rates as well as the final criteria, which constitute the conditions in order to benefit from the scheme.
    The Commission's proposal has been further developed by the Council and the European Parliament that proposed a wider though limited expansion of products and preferences, a longer transition period for the application of the new GSP and an expansion of specific safeguards to include ethanol and plain textiles. The number of beneficiaries has been reduced to a total of 89 countries in order to ensure more impact on countries most in need.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link New GSP Regulation
    Link List of Products in New Regulation


  8. Developing countries firm up common position for Doha
    2012-10-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    Negotiators from 46 Least Developed Countries (LDC) met in Nairobi on Monday (29 October) to develop a common position to be presented at the November climate talks in Doha. The technical experts said that developing nations would agree on shared goals which include the establishment of a new climate treaty, financing and technologies required to accelerate green transition.
    The Kyoto Protocol empowers developing countries to fully participate in processes geared towards achieving low carbon status. Experts told news agency Xinhua that the strong presence of vulnerable countries in climate talks has influenced a positive outcome. The Legal Officer of Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP, Robert Ondowe, said that the Nairobi preparatory meeting would  enable negotiators from developing countries present coherent proposals at Doha climate talks.

    Source: Africa Review


    Link Read more
    Link The Challenge for Doha
    Link Preparations for Doha


  9. 29% of Global GHG Emissions from Agriculture and Food Production
    2012-10-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Environment

    Feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, according to a new analysis released on 30 October  by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). But while the emissions "footprint" of food production needs to be reduced, a companion policy brief by CCAFS lays out how climate change will require a complete recalibration of where specific crops are grown and livestock are raised.
    While previous studies have looked at the contribution of agriculture to emissions, Climate Change and Food Systems assesses the entire food system's emissions "footprint" -- in total somewhere between a fifth and third of the greenhouse gases emitted by people on this planet. This figure accounts for every aspect of food production and distribution -- including growing crops and raising livestock, manufacturing fertilizer, and storing, transporting and refrigerating food. Agriculture accounts for around 80 percent of these emissions, but the combined contribution of transport, refrigeration, consumer practices and waste management is growing.
    "Climate Change mitigation and adaptation are critical priorities. Farmers around the world, especially smallholder farmers in developing countries, need access to the latest science, more resources and advanced technology. This research serves as an urgent call for negotiators at the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha," said Bruce Campbell, CCAFS's program director.


    Source: ScienceDaily


    Link Read more
    Link Briefing: Climate Smart Agriculture
    Link Food switch could offset climate threat to staples


  10. Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development
    2012-10-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Gender and development, Environment, Rural development

    The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD II) will be organised in Punta del Este, Uruguay, 29 October – 1 November 2012. The GCARD II will focus on the ways to implement the tasks identified in the GCARD RoadMap with special attention to “Foresight and partnership for innovation and impact on small-holder livelihoods”.
    With this, the Conference will become an excellent platform to build cooperation around key forward-looking agendas and plan joint actions among all stakeholders. This should in turn, open international partnership opportunities and help the development of concrete research and development programs that can lead through to substantive impacts.

    Source: GCARD


    Link Read more
    Link GCARD Blog
    Link Empowering Women Farmers


  11. ACP preferences to erode as EU trade with third countries thrive
    2012-10-31
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Trade preferences traditionally enjoyed by the ACP Group from the EU are now under threat, as the EU warps up even more free trade deals with non-ACP third countries.  At the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Committee Meeting on 26 October, Fiji’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, affirmed that preference erosion was a major concern for many ACP states, which have benefited from a privileged partnership with the EU for decades.
    Co-chairing the meeting, European Commission’s Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, noted that as the world’s largest trading bloc, the EU could not be expected to limit preferential trade to ACP countries. Ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) deals such as the EU-Central America Association Agreement and the EU-Colombia-Peru Multi-Party Trade Agreement were already signed in June. Mr De Gucht assured ACP partners that so far, trade has been liberalised only partially – through quotas or reduced tariffs – or gradually, over a couple of years, to take account of ACP interests.
    The Commissioner assured that the EU was willing to help its partners adjust to a new trend in trade liberalisation. The ACP side further urged the Commission to take all measures to dull the negative effect of the new FTAs on ACP countries.  With the banana trade for instance, the EU-Central America and EU-Colombia-Peru deals would reduce customs duties to €75 per tonne in 10 years – down from €176 at the time of the 2009 Geneva Agreement on Trade in Bananas, which set duties at €114 by 2019 at the latest.

    Source: ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link DG Trade
    Link ACP-EU Trade


  12. Commissioner Piebalgs to visit Ghana
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Gender and development, Rural development

    EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has begun a two-day visit to Ghana. He will meet with the Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, and acknowledge the smooth political transition after the passing of the late President Atta Mills.  During his visit he will announce EU additional support to Ghana's efforts in tackling maternal health and further improve the role of local authorities, notably to accelerate the achievement of MDGs.
    Commissioner Piebalgs will also take part in a High Level Forum "Towards Sustainable Energy for All in West-Africa". This event is expected to result in the adoption of a regional renewable energy policy and an energy efficiency policy, and is one of the first steps towards the implementation of the UN initiative to promote sustainable energy for all by 2050. During the forum, a new Call for proposals of the ACP-EU Energy Facility for €75 million will be announced.
    Prior to his departure, Commissioner Piebalgs said: "Ghana is a democratic and economic role model in the region. I am looking forward to discussing how we can deepen our political dialogue and ensure the country's sustainable and solid development. We will be a steadfast partner in this endeavour. I'm happy to sign these funding agreements, which will help Ghana to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and consolidate governance."


    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Background on Commissioner's visit
    Link Commissioner Piebalgs


  13. European Parliament gives consent on new Food Assistance Convention
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy

    On 25 October 2012, the European Parliament gave its green light for the EU to approve the International Food Assistance Convention. To complete the ratification, the adoption of the Council of Ministers on the conclusion of the Convention is required. It is expected that the Council's consent will be formally given in early November 2012, so that the EU can deposit the instrument of ratification by 30 November 2012. If by that date five of the signatories have ratified the new Convention, it will enter into force on 1 January 2013.
    The Food Assistance Convention is an international agreement that has been negotiated by the European Union and 35 countries (all EU Member States plus Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the United States). The convention, which includes new types of assistance, is intended to become a humanitarian tool that stimulates local production and provides long-term solutions to food insecurity.
    The EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, signed the Convention in New York in August this year. On the occasion of the signature of the Convention, Commissioner Georgieva explained: "The aim of the new Convention is to focus on the most vulnerable populations in an efficient and effective way using a bigger toolbox that now includes cash, nutrition, protection of livelihoods in emergency and recovery situations."


    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Statement by EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva
    Link Fact Sheet: Humanitarian Food Assistance


  14. Agriculture: from Problem to Solution
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Rural development, ACP-EU Policy

    How can we redirect agriculture to serve its social, economic and ecological function in a sustainable way? This document presents CIDSE’s views on the guiding principles that should govern agricultural and climate policies given the challenge climate change poses to people and the planet.

    Source: CIDSE


    Link Read more
    Link CIDSE
    Link Awaiting important decisions on climate


  15. Second Meeting of EPA Joint Council held in Brussels
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Second Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was held at the Headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium on 26 October 2012. The Meeting delved into challenges that have arisen in the implementation of the EPA and provided political guidance, with a view to ensuring that EPA implementation remains on track. Thirteen of the fifteen signatory CARIFORUM States were in attendance, with eight Delegations led by Ministers.
    The Meeting focused attention on a number of matters of particular concern to CARIFORUM States which have been discussed between the two sides over the past year. Two of these matters pertain to provisions in the Agreement that CARIFORUM considers do not reflect its understanding of the position previously adopted by the two sides. The first matter concerns the arrangements applicable to CARIFORUM States regarding the reduction of tariffs on motor vehicles and parts, while the other concerns the rate of duty on certain paper and paper board products applied by Trinidad and Tobago. In both cases, the two sides were unable to arrive at an agreement for adjusting the provisions of the EPA and the Joint Council concluded that these issues would remain on the Agenda for further consideration.

    Source: CARICOM


    Link CARIFORUM
    Link Economic Partnership Agreements
    Link Press__Release.doc

  16. Council adopts new rules to simplify access to EU funds
    2012-10-30

    On 25 October 2012, the Council of the European Union adopted new rules aimed at equipping the EU budget with simpler financial rules while securing sound treatment of European taxpayers' money (45/12 + 14800/12 ADD 1 + ADD 2 + ADD 3). This follows a first-reading agreement with the European Parliament. In order to enter into force the new rules have to be published in the Official Journal of the EU. They will become applicable on 1 January 2013, the same day as the rules of applications that the Commission should adopt in the coming days.
    The financial regulation can be considered as a corner stone of the EU legislation since it contains all the principles and rules for the implementation of the EU budget and is applicable to all areas of expenditure and all revenue. The adoption of the financial regulation paves the way for the adoption of around 70 proposals for sector specific legislative acts covering areas such as agriculture, cohesion policy, research, environment, transport, energy and external aid.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EU Funding and Grants
    Link EC Press Release


  17. Africa can feed itself by unblocking regional food trade
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Food Policy, ACP-EU Trade

    A new World Bank report says that Africa’s farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions on the food trade within the region. According to the Bank, the continent would also generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.  The report was released on the eve of an African Union ministerial summit in Addis Ababa on agriculture and trade.
    According to the new report―Africa Can Help Feed Africa: Removing barriers to regional trade in food staples ― rapid urbanisation will challenge the ability of farmers to ship their cereals and other foods to consumers when the nearest trade market is just across a national border. Countries south of the Sahara, for example, could significantly boost their food trade over the next several years to manage the deadly impact of worsening drought, rising food prices, rapid population growth, and volatile weather patterns.  
    The new report suggests that if the continent’s leaders can embrace more dynamic inter-regional trade, Africa’s farmers, the majority of whom are women, could potentially meet the continent’s rising demand and benefit from a major growth opportunity. It would also create more jobs in services such as distribution, while reducing poverty and cutting back on expensive food imports. Africa’s production of staple foods is worth at least US$50 billion (EUR 38.8 billion) a year.

    Source: World Bank


    Link Read more
    Link Report
    Link BR29: Climate Smart Agriculture


  18. Products originating in ACP states
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, ACP-EU Policy

    The 3193rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October 2012  reached a political agreement on a draft regulation amending annex I to regulation 1528/2007 ("market access regulation") as regards the exclusion of a number of countries from the list of regions or states that have concluded negotiations on economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with the EU.
    The draft regulation is aimed at withdrawing the benefits of the market access regulation for those countries that have not yet taken the necessary steps towards ratifying EPAs signed with the EU. The Council's text differs from the Commission's proposal in that it adds Zimbabwe to the list of beneficiary countries, given that Zimbabwe has notified the deposit of its instrument of ratification of the interim EPA between the Eastern and Southern African States and the EU. The Council will adopt its position at first reading once the text has been finalised.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Economic Partnership Agreements


  19. Compulsory recognition of producer organisations and competition rules
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy

    The proposal for a Single Common Market Organisation (CMO) regulation is part of the CAP reform package and lays down rules for the common organisation of agricultural markets. In this context, in order to strengthen the bargaining power of farmers in the food supply chain the Commission proposes extending the provisions currently applicable to producer organisations (POs), associations of producer organisations (APOs) and inter-branch organisations (IBOs) in the fruit and vegetables sector to all sectors (14994/12).
    Delegations generally agreed with the objective of strengthening the position of primary producers in the food chain, but views differed on how this could best be achieved. There was insufficient support for the proposed compulsory recognition of producer and inter-branch organisations in all sectors, nor for adding specific other sectors to those already subject to such recognition (POs are recognised only in the milk, fruit and vegetables, olive oil and table olives and for some other minor sectors while IBOs are recognised for fruit and vegetables, tobacco and olive oil/ table olives).

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Simplification of the CAP
    Link Single Common Market Organisation


  20. Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Food Security

    At the 3193rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October 2012, Ministers held three orientation debates within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. The discussions focussed on specific issues in: the proposal for a regulation establishing rules for direct payments to farmers within the framework of the reform of the CAP (direct payments regulation) (15396/3/11); the proposal for a regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (Single CMO regulation) (15397/2/11).
    The Commission also briefed the Council on an amendment to a proposal for a regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy (CAP) or "horizontal regulation" in CAP reform package (14314/12). With regard to the amendments on the publication of the names of beneficiaries, some member states pointed out that the de minimis threshold was not necessary for the sake of transparency: in their view, all beneficiaries of CAP payments should be listed. Some others expressed concerns about the details given on the beneficiaries, fearing that this process might interfere with data on private life. They questioned whether the proposal complied with the Court of Justice ruling. An opinion of the Council Legal Service was requested by some delegations.


    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Possible CAP Agreement
    Link CAP after 2013


  21. ICCAT Annual meeting
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    At the 3193rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October 2012,  Ministers held an exchange of views regarding the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) from 12 to 19 November 2012 in Agadir, Morroco. Some member states pointed out that the available scientific data submitted with a view to preparing the annual ICCAT meeting confirmed the correct implementation of the measures imposed on fishermen for many years and show a recovery of the bluefin tuna stock. In line with scientific opinion, they asked that the total allowable catch (TAC) be raised for this year.
    During the annual meeting in Agadir in November this year, the ICCAT Commission is expected to review the Bluefin tuna recovery plan on the basis of the SCRS stock assessment. This would involve  establishing new TACs and, where appropriate, other management measures.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link ICCAT
    Link Fishing TACs and Quotas 2012


  22. Conciliation on EU budget 2013 launched
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    On 23 October 2012, the Council informed the European Parliament that it could not approve all of  its amendments for the 2013 EU draft budget. This launched a three-week conciliation period from 24 October, aimed at bridging the gap between the divergent European Parliament and Council positions.
    The Council notes with particular concern that the European Parliament's amendments considerably  reduce the margins under the expenditure ceilings of the current multiannual financial framework or even delete it, as in sub-heading 1a (competitiveness for growth and employment).

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Conciliation Committee
    Link Cyprus Presidency on the 2013 budget


  23. Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2013
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Fisheries

    At the 3193rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October 2012, Ministers reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities for 2013 for certain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. This agreement lays down for 2013 the maximum quantities of fish from specific stocks that can be caught in the Baltic Sea (total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas), as well as the fishing effort limits for Baltic cod stocks.
    The proposed measures have been established taking into account available scientific advice and, in particular, the reports drawn up by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). However, catch limits and fishing effort limits for cod stocks in the Baltic Sea are established in accordance with the rules laid down in regulation 1098/2007 establishing a multiannual plan. A key element to be considered is that the final agreement was based on a proposal put forward by the member states concerned, making it a first example of responsible and successful regional cooperation.

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Press Release
    Link Commission welcomes Council Adoption


  24. Which Countries Should Get Climate Adaptation Finance?
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    How will the international community raise billions of dollars to help developing countries reduce emissions and respond to the already emerging impacts of climate change? How will the funds be allocated and delivered to recipient countries? The  climate summit in Doha is expected to focus intensely on these questions. More substantive discussions were held at the beginning of October at a workshop on long term climate finance, organised by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Capetown, South Africa.
    Discussants included ministers and ambassadors from highly vulnerable countries such as the Maldives, Bangladesh and Costa Rica. Roundtable participants—including Washington-based thought leaders from the worlds of both development and climate finance—generally welcomed the idea of using data on physical and institutional vulnerability to climate impacts to create transparent criteria that could lead to equitable allocations.  
    The debate centered on whether countries should receive a higher allocation if they have a record of good economic management and good governance, as is the case in the allocation frameworks for IDA and the GEF. This would penalise people with the bad luck to be born in the most vulnerable countries, which are often also the most fragile and corrupt.

    Source: Center for Global Development


    Link Read more
    Link Adaptation Finance
    Link Countdown to Doha


  25. Preparations for the 18th session of COP 18 to the UFCCC
    2012-10-30
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Policy

    The 3194th Environment Council meeting took place on 25 October 2012 in Luxembourg and adopted conclusions relating to Rio+20 and Doha. Regarding Rio+ 20, the Council adopted conclusions on the outcome and follow-up to the Conference, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, looking at work to be done both at global and EU level.
    These conclusions constitute the first official position by the Council on the assessment of the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference. They also aim at sending a political message that reaffirms the commitment of the EU and its member states to the Rio+20 follow-up process and provide guidance on a number of issues that are going to be discussed in the coming months.
    The Council also adopted conclusions in preparation for the 18th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which will take place in Doha (Qatar), from 26 November to 7 December 2012. These conclusions set out the main elements of the EU position and assess progress made regarding the so-called "Durban package".

    Source: Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link Rio+20
    Link Doha Climate Change Conference




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