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CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter
Subject: CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter
Send date: 2013-03-01 18:11:17
Issue #: 172
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Bulletin CTA

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This weblog shares information on key ACP-EU programmes and events
from Brussels relevant to agriculture and rural development in ACP countries.


Date : [01/03/2013]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main Events for the Week 04/03/2013 – 10/03/2013
  2. Video Guest: Gustavo Miranda, ACP Fish II Programme
  3. The Next Brussels Development Briefing on 4th March
  4. EU: Supply of organic products greater than demand
  5. Partial fish discard ban criticized
  6. EU: linking poverty eradication to sustainable development
  7. Discard ban: EU Fisheries Council takes decisive stance
  8. EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol: cephalopods stocks investigation
  9. Mali: EU strengthens joint development strategy
  10. PNG to be losing in trade talks
  11. Fiji: promising future in EPA negotiations?
  12. Pacific countries urged to weigh up EPA
  13. €20m grant to kick-off projects under the ClimDev-Africa Fund
  14. Assessment of the Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement
  15. Speaking up on silent disasters
  16. Burundi: New food security and energy projects
  17. MEPs pave the way for first discard ban in the EU
  18. EU grant to support Caribbean fisherfolk
  19. MEPs save EU carbon market
  20. EU eases restrictions on Zimbabwe
  21. EU : extra €22m humanitarian aid in Mali
  22. Mali: EU training mission and presidential elections
  23. `Key architect’ of CARIFORUM-EU EPA passes away


  1. Main Events for the Week 04/03/2013 – 10/03/2013
    2013-03-01

    European Parliament:

    4 March: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development;
    4, 5, 7 March: Committee on Foreign Affairs
    4 March: Committee on Development

    European Council:

    4 March: EUROGROUP Meeting
    5 March: EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers  

    ACP- EU:

    4 March: 30th Brussels Development Briefing : Agricultural resilience in the face of crisis and shocks
    5 March: 6th Forum for the Future of Agriculture
    6-7 March: European Food Safety Authority Advisory Forum Meeting

    You can also follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.




  2. Video Guest: Gustavo Miranda, ACP Fish II Programme
    2013-03-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    ‘The major challenge now is to implement 80 projects in the last ten months of the programme’ (Gustavo Miranda, coordinator of ACP Fish II programme)

    With the occasion of the 5th steering committee of the ACP Fish II programme, CTA Brussels met with Gustavo Miranda to discuss the main objectives, the current situation, and the main challenges ahead for the last year of the programme.


    Link Watch the Video
    Link Find out more of the programme


  3. The Next Brussels Development Briefing on 4th March
    2013-03-01
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Agriculture, Climate change , ACP-EU Policy

    Which are the key challenges posed to strengthen resilience in agriculture? – this is one of the main questions to be addressed during the next Brussels Development Briefing, organized by CTA in collaboration with the ACP Secretariat, the EC/DEVCO, Concord and IFPRI in Brussels.
    On 4th March 2013, we will hold a Briefing on the important issue of Agricultural resilience in the face of crisis and shocks to discuss the concept and approaches to resilience and highlight proven approaches and instruments around some key areas of special benefit to the small-scale farmers in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
    Panelists will address approaches and instruments for building resilience in agriculture and examine proven successes and best practices to decrease vulnerability to these shocks.
    This is the 30th edition of the Brussels Briefing. On the occasion, participants will be given a special commemorative CD-Rom featuring five years of Briefing material including updated Readers, presentations, Policy Briefs and a range of other resources that you can order if you don’t participate.
    More than 200 participants have registered.
    If you cannot be with us, you can follow it live, using webstream, from 9h00 to 13h00 at: http://brusselsbriefings.net/
    You can also follow us as we live-tweet the briefing : @brubriefings

    If you have any question or contribution to the discussion, send us an e-mail at brussels.briefings@cta.int, or write us at @brubriefings


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about the Brussels Briefings
    Link Find out more about past briefings


  4. EU: Supply of organic products greater than demand
    2013-02-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, ACP-EU Trade

    For the past decade, consumption of organic products in central and northern Europe has grown substantially, motivating producers to convert their crops and acquire organic certifications. However, "in recent years the supply of organics has increased so much that it is now greater than demand; as a consequence, average prices are going down," explains Fernando Martín, Manager of a Spanish cooperative devoted to the handling and commercialisation of agricultural and sub-tropical products.
    Approximately 30% of cooperative's revenue comes from organic products. Due to climatological reasons, during the Autumn-Winter season the production of organic products is exclusively Spanish, and in Spring-Summer its export markets also compete. Its main export market is Germany, with 60% of the production, a market which, according to Fernando Martín, is growing. Other relevant markets are France, the Netherlands and Denmark, and to a lesser extent, the UK, Sweden and Switzerland. The most demanded bio product is the Dutch cucumber.
    These organic products are distributed under the own bio brand, although many supermarkets are labelling them with their own brands.
    From the month of April this year, the cooperative will also start selling organic avocados.


    Source: Fresh Plaza


    Link Read more
    Link Organic Farming in Europe
    Link Brussels Briefing: Fair Trade


  5. Partial fish discard ban criticized
    2013-02-28
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    EU Fisheries Council’s agreement from February 26 on the fish discard ban is being criticized as being only partial. EU ministers have rejected a full ban for discarding catches back into the sea, and voted to allow it up to a 9% level. It was only Sweden which backed a complete ban.
    The agreement will see the discarding of edible fish banned for stocks including herring and whiting from January 2014. A ban for white fish stocks was also agreed, to begin in January 2016.
    It is the exemptions to the ban which are criticized by Brussels-based NGOs. Commenting on the Council outcomes, the WWF’s European Policy Office said that the Fisheries Ministers kept an unambitious position, as “strong demand to end overfishing and achieve fish stock recovery made by the European Parliament only few weeks ago has fallen on deaf ears”.
    The vote comes after the MEPs backed overwhelmingly on 6 February the proposition to end over-fishing and restore EU sea stocks by 2020.

    It is approximated that a quarter of all catches are discarded because they are not the fish intended to catch (due to quota restrictions in some cases).

    Following this council, the Irish presidency will receive a mandate to commence the trialogue negotiations together with the European Parliament and Commission. Thus, the Parliament may still vote against the agreement reached at the Council.


    Source: The Parliament, WWF


    Link Read more
    Link Fisheries Ministers remain unambitious
    Link Discard ban: EU Fisheries Council takes decisive stance


  6. EU: linking poverty eradication to sustainable development
    2013-02-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Development Policy

    The two challenges of eradicating poverty and ensuring a sustainable development are interlinked in the communication "A Decent Life for All: Ending Poverty and Giving the World a Sustainable Future", presented Wednesday 27 February by the European Commission. This is  the common position of the EU on the follow up to Rio+20 and to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
    The Communication proposes a common approach for the engagement of the EU in forthcoming international processes and events relating to poverty eradication and sustainable development.
    Also, it calls for the Millennium Development Goals, and the commitments made at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 to converge as soon as possible and be integrated into a single framework after 2015.
    The Commission’s proposal will be discussed in the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in May and the Environment Council in June. The EU’s joint position will be taken next September to New York where the United Nations will carry out a further review of progress towards the MDGs and will start planning a global development framework post-2015.
    According of the communication, this framework should cover: basic human development (based on updated existing MDGs and also reflecting issues such as social protection), drivers for sustainable and inclusive growth and development to ensure structural transformation of the economy, the creation of productive capacities and employment and the transition to an inclusive green economy capable of addressing climate challenges, and the sustainable management of natural resources. Also, it stipulates justice, equality and equity, as well as the empowerment of women and gender equality, should also be addressed.

    At the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, the international community agreed to step up action on key sustainability challenges and started the process for the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be taken forward by the UN Open Working Group on SDGs. The commitments made at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 now need to be implemented, and the Communication outlines some key actions to that end.

    NGOs have positively received the position of the EU, appraising the linkage of poverty eradication and sustainable development. However, for CONCORD ( the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs) the Communication is extremely light on accountability mechanisms to ensure leaders and countries fulfill their commitments, as “more clarity is needed on what changes the EU and richer countries would have to make themselves to fulfill this agenda.“ Also, the WWF European Policy Office expresses its disappointment that the EU’s position does not provide more detail on how it will address the impacts of its own demands for resources on sustainable development in other parts of the world.

    Taking the EU and Member States collectively, the EU is the world’s largest provider of official development assistance, amounting to EUR 53 billion in 2011, or half of the global total.

    Source: European Commission, CONCORD, WWF.


    Link Read more
    Link Reaction of CONCORD
    Link WWF: EC recognises the environment is at the forefront in fight against poverty


  7. Discard ban: EU Fisheries Council takes decisive stance
    2013-02-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    "The Council took a decisive stance for a real discard ban, with a clear and binding timetable and covering all species”, reacting to the outcome of the last Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, said.
    The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held between 25 and 26 February 2013, discussed the main Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy, proposed by the Commission in July 2011, as part of the package for a new, reformed fisheries policy for the EU.
    The agreement will see the discarding of edible fish banned for stocks including herring and whiting from January 2014. A ban for white fish stocks was also agreed, to begin in January 2016.
    The vote comes after the MEPs backed overwhelmingly on 6 February the proposition to end over-fishing and restore EU sea stocks by 2020.
    UK has hailed the agreement as ‘historic’, the Guardian writes. Currently,  two thirds of fish caught by European vessels is thrown back into the sea, already dead.
    However, commenting on the Council outcomes, the WWF’s European Policy Office said that the Fisheries Ministers kept an unambitious position, as “strong demand to end overfishing and achieve fish stock recovery made by the European Parliament only few weeks ago has fallen on deaf ears”.

    Following this council, the Irish presidency will receive a mandate to commence the trialogue negotiations together with the European Parliament and Commission. The Council meeting was focused on the on the environmental obligations of Member States and on the ban of discards. These were the remaining parts of the main Regulation to be agreed on (after the partial approach in June 2012 under Danish Presidency). The main regulation, however, is only one of three files in the fisheries reform. Already next week trialogues will start on the Common Market Organisation. The third file, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, has not yet been voted by the Parliament.


    Source: European commission, The Guardian, WWF


    Link Read more
    Link The Guardian: EU fish discards deal welcomed by UK
    Link Fisheries Ministers remain unambitious on fisheries


  8. EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol: cephalopods stocks investigation
    2013-02-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    A scientific committee will be established as part of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Protocol, to research upon and update the status of all fish stocks- including cephalopods.
    This aims to address the current situation in which the agreement excludes the European cephalopod fleet (octopus and squid), due to a supposed too limited current stock. This exclusion affects especially the fleets of Andalusia, the Canary Islands and Galicia.
    From 26 July 2012, when the European Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, closed negotiations with the Mauritanian government, the pact forced 24 Galician cephalopod vessels, most of O Morrazo, to leave their fishing activity in the African ground.
    Thus, the scientific committee will collect scientific data to show that current stocks of octopus allow it to be captured without danger by the European fleet.
    The estimation of the current stock of cephalopods might be erroneous, as latest assessments were implemented with old data, and given that octopus stocks change very quickly.
    The decision was taken at the last EU-Mauritania Joint Committee, which took place on 19-20 February in Paris. Both parties agreed to convene rapidly.
    Also, on the occasion technical conditions of the protocol have been improved with the aim of making it more economically viable, including the increase of by-catch for the shrimps category and the extension of the southern pelagic zone.

    Source: European Commission, Fish Info & Services (FIS)


    Link Read more
    Link Mauritania and EU to analyze fishing agreement
    Link Spain pushes for the return of cephalopod fleet


  9. Mali: EU strengthens joint development strategy
    2013-02-27
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Development Policy

    The European Union put together a common strategy for the development needs in Mali during  a coordination meeting of EU development ministers, attended also by Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    This joint approach will be presented at an international donors’ conference which France and the European Union will host in May.
    The new strategy is based mainly on the findings of the needs assessment mission on the ground carried by the EU between 28 January and 2 February in Mali. The focus will be primarily on reconciliation, conflict prevention and supporting the electoral process, as well as providing basic services (health services, access to water and sanitation), strengthening food security and relaunching the economy.
    The agricultural sector will also be supported by providing seeds and fertilisers to farmers to prevent future food crises.

    Following the coup d’état of March 2012, the European Commission had adopted precautionary measures limiting aid programmes. However, the adoption of a "Roadmap for Transition" by Mali on 29 January 2013 paved the way for the gradual resumption of development aid,  with €250 million previously frozen expected to be released in the near future.
    Also, at a donor conference on Mali hosted by the African Union, the European Union confirmed the contribution of €50 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA). On the 15 February, an additional stabilisation support package worth €20 million was adopted by the  to provide immediate support to Mali's law enforcement and justice services.
    The EU has been scaling its humanitarian aid to Mali in 2013 by €22 million in February, respectively €20 million in January, in order to assist the victims of the conflict.


    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Restoring the situation in Mali
    Link EU freezes development operations in Mali


  10. PNG to be losing in trade talks
    2013-02-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Papua New Guinea has been coming out second best in trade negotiations because it has not been taken seriously, officials are reported to have said during local debates in parliament two weeks ago, calling for the development  an entity who can plan in advance for trade negotiations (Friday, 17 February).
    “We have never been prepared at trade negotiations. Our efforts are at best ad hoc and erratic. There is not one government department tasked with that very important function in negotiating trade on behalf of PNG. […] As a result we have removed some legislations that protect our very own people, our consumers, and we develop laws and legislation that agree to concessions, tax holidays that benefit other economies”, Papua  New Guinea official said.
    Papua New Guinea has signed interim Economic Partership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU in 2009 which allows it to access markets in the sugar and fisheries sector, but a comprehensive agreement for all other Pacific ACP countries is yet to be agreed on.


    Source: bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about EU relations with Papua New Guinea
    Link Pacific countries urged to weigh up EPA


  11. Fiji: promising future in EPA negotiations?
    2013-02-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Officials of the Fijian Government assures that despite the long process of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations, mutual beneficial outcomes could be reached soon.
    Pacific nations have been in talks with the EU to reach an EPA agreement since 2002.
    Only Papua New Guinea and Fiji have signed interim EPAs in 2009 which allows them to access markets in the sugar and fisheries sector, but a comprehensive agreement for all other Pacific ACP countries is yet to be agreed on.
    During the December technical meeting with the EC, Fiji made submissions on Rules of Origin (ROO) based ‘real life’ examples such as ‘life jackets’ that are produced in Fiji. During these meetings, Fiji secured favorable Rules of Origin (ROO) for the export of cooked or processed fish (known as global sourcing provision), under the Interim EPA, officials said. Moreover, Fiji is now working intensively with the Private Sector, to extend these favourable rules to fresh frozen and chilled fish.
    Further breakthrough of December 2012 negotiations were attained in the field of fisheries and development cooperation.


    Source: bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link Fiji to ensure improved rules of origin
    Link Pacific countries urged to weigh up EPA


  12. Pacific countries urged to weigh up EPA
    2013-02-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    It is important for the Pacific island states to win as much concession as they can in the negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, in order to fund their capacity to export, Dr Steven Ratuva, Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland’s believes.
    “Because they don’t have much by way of resources, they don’t have much by way of economic capability. So whatever negotiation is concluded it has to make sure that it develops their capacity, rather than simply to be part of an agreement which they will not benefit from in the long run”, Ratuva affirmed.
    Pacific nations have been in talks with the EU to reach an EPA agreement since 2002.
    Only Papua New Guinea and Fiji have signed interim EPAs in 2009 which allows them to access markets in the sugar and fisheries sector, but a comprehensive agreement for all other Pacific ACP countries is yet to be agreed on.

    Source: bilaterals.org


    Link Read more
    Link State of play of the agreements
    Link CARICOM to launch EPA review


  13. €20m grant to kick-off projects under the ClimDev-Africa Fund
    2013-02-26
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    A €20 million grant will be deployed in order to start financing projects under the special ClimDev-Africa Fund, on climate change and the prevention of risks linked to natural disasters in Africa.
    The ClimDev-Africa Program was designed to collate, analyze and publish high-quality climate data. The data collected on climate change issues is made available to decision-makers and should serve as forecast instruments for natural disasters as well as for sustainable development policy-planning.
    The fund is administered by the African Development Bank, and was designed as a joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Commission of the African Union (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The fund was established by the African Development Bank’s Board of Governors on 27th May 2010.
    This grant was made following several months of discussions between the three institutions, the General Secretariat of the ACP and the European Union. Ibrahima Dia, Chief of the Joint AU-AfDB-ECA Secretariat, received on Monday, February 11, in Brussels, the letter of confirmation on the €20 million grant for the Fund from the Secretary General of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), Mohamed Ibn Chambas.


    Source: African Development Bank Group


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about the ClimDev-Africa Fund
    Link Framework document for the establishment of the Fund


  14. Assessment of the Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement
    2013-02-25
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    An new publication assessing the Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) between South Africa and the European Union (EU) is available online. The paper concentrates mostly on the TDCA trade objective- the expanding and liberalising trade in goods, services and capital between the parties-, with an emphasis upon the agricultural trade.
    The paper is authored by Ron Sandrey and Tania Gill, and financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
    The TDCA was signed in October 1999 after five years of negotiations. It was provisionally but only partially applied from 1 January 2000 and fully entered into force on 1 May 2004 albeit with phasing periods.
    The authors consider, that while it is natural that South Africa should be focusing upon the opportunities it has been afforded through its relationship with the newly-emerging BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries it is crucial to look back and assess the TDCA against the prospects of an enhanced trading and economic relationship with the BRICs. This is especially so in the present policy environment where the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and African countries are being vigorously negotiated, they believe.

    South Africa, while part of the African Caribbean Pacific group of countries, is not party to the same preferential trade arrangements granted to the African Caribbean Pacific countries under the Cotonou Agreement.
    South Africa joined the Economic Partnership Agreement (the trade pillar of the Cotonou agreement) negotiations as part of the Southern African Development Community Group in February 2007.
    Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique signed an interim or "stepping stone" Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU in 2009. Namibia initialed an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU in 2007, but has not signed it yet.
    South Africa, however, has opted not to join at this stage as its trade relations with the EU are governed by the Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement.

    Source: Trade Law Center (tralac.org), European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Consult the paper
    Link More on the agreement


  15. Speaking up on silent disasters
    2013-02-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    To raise awareness about the  numerous disasters and emergencies in the world which  go underreported and end up forgotten, the European Commission launched a campaign together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC).
    Disasters such as widespread hunger in Southern Africa, a devastating earthquake in Tajikistan, and multiple disease outbreaks in Uganda will be highlighted and illustrated in a 50-second film spot in European cinemas and on television as well as on websites, social media and in print.
    As part of the 4-week long awareness campaign in 11 European countries, the IFRC, the Commission and the Red Cross will draw public attention to these silent disasters around the world.


    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Visit the page of the campaign
    Link Find out more about EU' Humanitarian Response


  16. Burundi: New food security and energy projects
    2013-02-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Rural development

    During a two-day visit to Burundi (21 to 22 February) EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is to announce an €18 million new project on food security.
    On the occasion, a  second project worth €50 million, aimed at providing access to sustainable energy for a million of Burundi's citizens, particularly for those living in rural areas will be also launched .
    In Burundi, the current level of chronic malnutrition rate of 58% of children under 5 is one of the highest in more than two decades. Also, in the country only 3,5% of people have access to electricity.
    The food security project, called PROPA-O, is part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Initiative - set up to help those countries who are especially off-track with the MDGs, or reward those who are making particular progress in meeting them. The initiative will aim to improve access to quality agricultural products such as seeds and fertilisers and by helping farmers to access markets (through improved storage, transformation and collection processes).
    "While recognising that a number of reforms are on the right path, we must encourage our Burundese friends to move forward and to accelerate the reforms that will ensure sustainable development of the country. The 2015 elections are an important rendez-vous that cannot be missed. The EU will remain an important partner for Burundi to face all those challenges", Commissioner Piebalgs said.
    Since 2004, the EU has financed more than 45 projects all over Burundi in the field of Food Security which have been implemented by almost 25 different organizations amounting to nearly €40 million.
    Burundi is a small, landlocked country that straddles Central and East Africa, with a total land area of 27,834 km2, and approximately 8.5 million inhabitants; about 15% of whom live in urban areas. After many years of destructive civil war (1993-2000) which had a devastating effect on the country's economy and infrastructure, Burundi is still a very fragile country.


    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU Development Work in Burundi
    Link More on EuropeAid


  17. MEPs pave the way for first discard ban in the EU
    2013-02-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Fisheries Committee MEPs backed on Tuesday 19 February a proposed ban on discarding unwanted fish of 35 species caught in the Skagerrak (between the North Sea and the Baltic). The ban, to take effect gradually between 2014 and 2016, would be enforced with a remote electronic monitoring system.
    The discard ban regulation would oblige fishing vessels to land all caught fish in order to halt "discards" - the practice of throwing fish back into the sea, usually because they are of an unwanted species or size. Most discarded fish die, which is wasteful and aggravates overfishing.
    At the same time, the proposals drafted by Werner Kuhn (EPP, DE), aim to fill a gap left by the revocation of an international fisheries agreement on the Skagerrak, inter alia by harmonising EU rules with those of Norway, where a discard ban is already in place.
    As a previous international agreement on fishing in the Skagerrak no longer applies, boats must abide by the rules of the state in whose territorial waters they are fishing, and harmonising the relevant EU and Norwegian laws should facilitate compliance.
    Plans to ban discards in all EU waters were backed by the European Parliament in a plenary vote on the new Common Fisheries Policy in February. Experience in the Skagerrak should provide useful lessons on how best to enforce the obligation to land all catches made in EU waters.


    Source: European Parliament


    Link En savoir plus [EN]
    Link EP: historic vote for a sustainable EU Fisheries Policy
    Link EU Discusses Fishing Quotas


  18. EU grant to support Caribbean fisherfolk
    2013-02-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) received more than €1 million grant from the European Development Fund, to improve the contribution of the small scale fisheries sector to food security in the Caribbean.
    This is to be achieved through a four-year project, to cover fisherfolk working across the Caribbean, including in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
    The project aims at building the capacity of regional and national fisherfolk organisation networks to participate in fisheries governance and management. This is seen as critical to address the region’s growing concern with food and nutrition security. Since 2005, the Caribbean has recorded food import bills of more than €3.5 billion and rising food prices have compounded this challenge.
    The fisheries sector in the CARICOM region employs over 182,000 persons, directly or indirectly. These are mostly small-scale fisherfolk from rural communities who lack other income earning opportunities.
    The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is a regional technical non-profit organisation which has been working in the islands of the Caribbean for more than 20 years.
    Source: Thedominican.net


    Link Read more
    Link Find out more about CANARI
    Link Find out more about EuropeAid grants


  19. MEPs save EU carbon market
    2013-02-20
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Parliament’s environment committee voted an amendment in support of the EU’s ‘backloading’ plans for the Emissions Trading System (ETS), throwing a lifeline to the crisis-hit carbon market. The vote opens the way for further moves to raise flat-lining carbon prices by backloading (or withholding) 900 million allowances from auction, so creating a market scarcity.
    “The ETS is not dead,” WWF’s EU policy officer, Sam Van Den Plas, jubilantly told EurActiv from the European Parliament after the vote on Tuesday morning (19 January).
    Next week, another environment committee vote is expected to begin the ‘trialogue’ discussions between the European parliament and EU member states on the issue. A plenary vote at the parliament is planned for April.
    Within Europe, carbon price have sunk to around €4-€5 per tonne, due to an over-allocation of carbon allowances before recession decimated demand for them. Rejection of backloading by Parliament’s industry committee in January sparked a record fall in carbon prices to just €2.81 a tonne.
    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EU carbon market in 'freefall' after backloading vote
    Link More on backloading


  20. EU eases restrictions on Zimbabwe
    2013-02-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The EU will immediately suspend the travel ban imposed on 6 Members of the Government of Zimbabwe, and delist other 21 persons subject to restrictive measures, as a way of recognizing the significance of the agreement reached between the political parties in Zimbabwe on a final draft constitution and the announcement of a referendum.
    Also, if Zimbabwe will hold democratic elections in June, it might be able to start re-selling diamonds and gold to Belgium and UK, after the diamond supplier Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) was also taken off the EU's blacklist. Belgium, is the home of  largest diamond exchange, and UK, the former colonial power in Zimbabwe. This delisting is to take effect a month after the July elections.
    The EU declares to be ready to further adjust its policy to recognize progress as it is made by the Zimbabwean parties along the SADC Roadmap.
    Thus, a peaceful and credible constitutional referendum would represent an important milestone justifying an immediate suspension of the majority of all remaining EU targeted restrictive measures against individuals and entities, EU foreign ministers affirm.
    The sanctions were originally imposed a decade ago- in 2002- in response to human rights abuses and political violence, after alleged electoral fraud by president Robert Mugabe. The EU partially eased the sanctions last year by removing a visa ban and asset freeze on 51 of the targeted 150 people and 20 of 30 companies on the sanctions list.


    Source: EUobserver, Council of the European Union


    Link Read more
    Link EU makes diamonds-for-democracy offer to Zimbabwe
    Link Zimbabwe: lift of embargo


  21. EU : extra €22m humanitarian aid in Mali
    2013-02-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The European Commission is increasing its humanitarian aid funding to Mali by €22 million to assist more victims of the conflict. This brings to €115 million its emergency assistance since the start of the crisis in 2012.
    The extra funding will provide assistance and access to basic services throughout the country.
    "In Mali, the most vulnerable have been hit by a triple crisis over the past year: first a drought that lead to a major food and nutrition crisis in 2012, then political instability and conflict", said Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, after her second visit in the last two months in Mali.
    In addition to the Commission's assistance, EU Member States have committed over €42 million of humanitarian aid to the country since the beginning of 2012.


    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Restoring the situation in Mali
    Link EU freezes development operations in Mali


  22. Mali: EU training mission and presidential elections
    2013-02-19
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    An EU's training mission in Mali will start as soon as March or April, the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 18 February 2013 announced. The objective of the mission is to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces.
    The mission will provide advice and military training to the Malian Armed Forces, covering matters such as command and control, logistics and human resources as well as international humanitarian law, the protection of civilians and human rights. The mission will not be involved in combat operations.
    In the same time, France plans to start withdrawing its soldiers from the region next month.
    Also, nationwide presidential elections will be held in Mali on 7 July, with legislative elections following on 21 July,  the interim administration has announced.
    Following the Malian government's adoption of a transition roadmap which aims to restore democracy and stability through an election process, the EU has decided to resume its development cooperation with Mali, frozen after a coup threw the country into disarray, just a month before the planned elections, due in April 2012.


    Source: BBC News, Council of the EU


    Link Read more
    Link Mali sets 7 July election date
    Link Factsheet on EU Training Mission in Mali


  23. `Key architect’ of CARIFORUM-EU EPA passes away
    2013-02-19

    The former Director-General of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM), Ambassador Henry S. Gill, died on Thursday, 14 February in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He succumbed, following a long period of illness.
    As the CRNM’s Senior Director, the late Ambassador Gill played a pivotal role with respect to the regional strategy pursued by the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) in its negotiations with the European Union (EU) for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
    “The Caribbean has lost a key architect of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA,” said the Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Mr Ivan Ogando Lora, upon learning of Ambassador Gill’s passing.


    Source: CARICOM Secretariat


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