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CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 375
Subject: CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 375
Send date: 2013-10-21 10:29:37
Issue #: 192
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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 : 18/10/2013
CTA Brussels Newsletter

 

Main events in the week

  1. Main Events for the Week 21/10/2013 – 27/10/2013
  2. Video Guest: Fernando Dos Santos, (Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization)
  3. Pacific Countries examine future relations with EU post-2020
  4. COMESA receives 73m. Euro to support interventions on climate change
  5. Stakeholder consultation to examine entry of CARIFORUM entertainers in the EU Market
  6. Impact of the abolition of EU sugar quota on ACP countries
  7. EU supports decentralization efforts in Liberia
  8. EU donates 7m. Euro to climate change efforts in the Caribbean
  9. EU gives 265m. Euro to help vulnerable ACP countries face the economic crisis
  10. Dominica: Banana production increases by 80%
  11. EU pledges supportive health care funding to Jamaica
  12. Dominica receives 3.2m. Euro as direct budget support from EU
  13. Eminent persons meet to discuss the future of ACP countries
  14. Emergence of 'resilience-building' as key to reduce hunger
  15. EU Common Agricultural Policy reform and its impact on Africa
  16. Better fish stock management could generates billions, says report
  17. EU collaborates with Caribbean to upgrade food export quality
  18. European Growers introduce a quality and sustainability label
  19. 11th EDF: Cariforum and EU appraise development plans
  20. Fewer boxes of South African oranges exported to EU


  1. Main Events for the Week 21/10/2013 – 27/10/2013
    2013-10-18

    European Parliament:

    - 21-24 October: European Parliament Plenary Session

    Council of the EU:

    - 24-25 October: The European Council

    ACP Group:

    - 23 October: W/G on the Future Perspectives of the ACP Group
    - 23 October: S/C on Establishment and Financ
    - 25 October: Preparatory Meeting for the UNFCCC COP19

    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: Fernando Dos Santos, (Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization)
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    In this week’s CTA Brussels video interview, Fernando Dos Santos, Director General of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)  tells us more about the the development of a geographical indications system in the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) countries.
    Dos Santos said that the majority of ARIPO member states are Least Developed Countries and their economies are mainly based on small-scale agriculture. The main issue for small farmers is the access to market. The Geographical Indication tool will contribute to add more value to their products. They will gain more attention and the access to market will be facilitated.
    On 15th May 2013, Fernando Dos Santos chaired a panel on ‘The way forward to protect value by marketing tradition and origin’ as part of the Brussels Briefing ‘Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system’ organized by CTA Brussels at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
    To find out more and watch his presentation: brusselsbriefings.net/tag/traditional-products/


    Link Watch the Video


  3. Pacific Countries examine future relations with EU post-2020
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Development Policy

    The Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting for the first of a series of six meetings in Samoa the 17-19th of October. This is the first in a series of six regional consultations to solicit the views and secure positions of member states on the outlooks of the ACP Group after 2020.
    The meeting this week will focus on the Pacific countries’ perspective and involvement with the ACP countries. EPG member, Mr Kaliopate Tavola, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to the European Union (EU) from Fiji, hopes for a solidarity among the states. The Pacific states are also hoping to contribute more to the ACP in terms of competencies in areas such as fisheries, climate change, economic growth, and development in those nations. The ACP hopes to introduce some new framework to continue to meet the needs of the member states, and begin to look forward to future contributions.

    Source : Scoop Media


    Link Read more
    Link Eminent persons meets to discuss the future of ACP countries
    Link Study to consider ACP scenarios for post-2020


  4. COMESA receives 73m. Euro to support interventions on climate change
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Development Policy, Climate change

    The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Climate Initiative has announced that it has received 73 million Euro from development partners - the EU and the Governments of Norway and the UK - to support climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region, including climate proofing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the region.
    Announced at the Regional CAADP Compact Validation Meeting held in September 2013, in Lusaka, Zambia, the funding will be made available through two funding windows, with the first tranche to be used for supporting government-led interventions and resources are channeled through FAO. The second tranche of funding will be available for projects carried out by civil society and the private sector.
    COMESA Climate Change Coordinator Chikakula Miti stated that COMESA Climate Change Initiative has engaged farmers in the region to adopt climate smart agricultural practices to adapt to climate Change as well as to cut on greenhouse gases responsible for global warming in order to attain national food security and meet development goals.
    Mr. Miti further said the European Union(EU) has provided €4 Million, Department for International Development (DfID, UK) £38 Million, while Norway has signed a grant agreement with COMESA of US$ 20 Million.
    The member States of COMESA are: Burundi, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Seychelles, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Source: COMESA


    Link Read more
    Link More on the COMESA Climate Initiative


  5. Stakeholder consultation to examine entry of CARIFORUM entertainers in the EU Market
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Public and private sector stakeholders drawn from the Cultural Industry of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) are participated in a Stakeholder Consultation on the Development of a Strategic Action Plan for the Entry of CARIFORUM Entertainers in the European Union (EU) Market, held in St George’s, Grenada from 14-15 October. Presentations were delivered by experts in music, audiovisual and performing arts. They explained the requirements and challenges of EU market entry by actors from third-states.
    Representatives from the Cultural Department in CARIFORUM States’ public sectors and a leading private sector organization in the performing arts, music or audiovisuals, in each State, participated in the Consultation.
    The Stakeholder Consultation was part of a consultancy which the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Unit based at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has been overseeing. The consultancy is geared at formulating a Strategic Action Plan that will enable entertainers in CARIFORUM States to take advantage of development cooperation and trade opportunities under the Economic Partnership Agreement.
    The CARIFORUM-EU EPA includes a Protocol on Cultural Cooperation which provides for cultural cooperation between the EU and CARIFORUM States. The entertainment industry, which is a subset of the cultural/creative industry, represents a substantial and important area of actual and potential economic growth for CARIFORUM economies.

    Source: Caribbean Community Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link More on the Economic Partnership Agreement


  6. Impact of the abolition of EU sugar quota on ACP countries
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    The European Union (EU) deputy director general for development co-operation Marcus Cornaro has announced on the 15th October during the 13th African Caribbean Pacific Ministerial Conference on Sugar which was held in Fiji that the current system of sugar quotas and analogous provisions for African Caribbean Pacific countries, will end on 30th September 2017.
    However Cornaro assured the ACP — who contributes 60 per cent of sugar imports to the EU — that least developed countries (LDC) would continue to benefit from preferential access to the EU market, duty and quota free.
    Fiji Prime Minister and Sugar Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama replied that the EU decision would have serious impact on ACP countries. He said that EU had ignored a request made in 2011 for quotas to be maintained until 2020. “We risk further unprecedented harm with the abolition of the EU sugar production quotas in 2017,” he added.
    ACP countries fear that quota abolition would lead to market instability and price volatility. Global trade liberalisation has impacted sugar-producing countries worldwide, according to the chairman of the African Caribbean Pacific Ministerial Committee on Sugar, Satya Veyash Faugoo. Trade liberalization in Brazil and India, the world's biggest sugar producers, had led to a surge in world sugar production and exerted downward pressure on world sugar prices, he added.
    The abolition of the current system of sugar quotas and analogous provisions marks the final stage of the reform of the sugar sector, decided in 2005 by the EU. In 2011, in Mozambique, the ACP Group, made the request to maintain sugar quotas until at least 2020, in accordance with the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.

    Source: Fiji Times / The Jet Newspaper




    Link Read more
    Link ACP States Assured of their Importance to the EU Market
    Link ACP: dismay at EU decision to end sugar quotas in 2017


  7. EU supports decentralization efforts in Liberia
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Development Policy

    The European Union (EU) recently announced a contribution of  5.5 million Euro to support for decentralization efforts in Liberia.
    The aim of this project in Liberia is to contribute to the development of the country so that all Liberians, independently of where they live, will have access to services, benefit from inclusive economic growth and participate in political life.
    The new project will promote local governance through activities such as on-the-job training and coaching, study and exchange visits, as well as office rehabilitation and refurbishment and peer-to-peer monitoring to encourage local participation.
    The programme will be implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Governance Commission with support from the United Nations Development Programme

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Big step forward for EU-Liberia relations


  8. EU donates 7m. Euro to climate change efforts in the Caribbean
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Climate change

    The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C’s) recently convened a meeting composed of climate change experts in Belize that had resulted in the 7 million European Union (EU) donation to the climate change prevention cause. They discussed how to foster adaptation strategies that would enable developing countries to slow down the consequences of the climate change. Speakers, such as Dr. Wendel Parham the CEO of Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Policy Officer Laura Giappichelli, had described the direct impacts that climate change has had on Belize, as well as the urge for the exchanging of experiences and ideas to help coping with the climate change.
    The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, which is stationed in Belize, coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to climate change, working on effective solutions and projects to combat the environmental impacts of climate change and global warming. The two dozen island nations of the Caribbean, and the 40 million people who live there, are in a state of increased vulnerability to climate change. Higher temperatures, rises in sea level, and increased hurricane intensity threaten lives, property and livelihoods throughout the region.

    Source: Channel5 Belize


    Link Read more
    Link Video guest: Carlos Fuller, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
    Link More one the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre


  9. EU gives 265m. Euro to help vulnerable ACP countries face the economic crisis
    2013-10-18
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Development Policy, Archive

    The European Commission has given 265 million Euro to divide between 19 vulnerable  African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries. These funds are to help the countries survive the global financial crisis in 2010. 50 million Euro are to be distributed to the countries before the financial crisis can strongly affect the nations’ economies. The purpose of these funds is to support the spending of the ACP governments in a way that their economies will maintain function. Burkina Faso in particular has been given 14 million and Grenada receives 3.5 million. Much of these funds will go toward food aid to assist these ACP countries coping with rising food prices.

    Source : africa-eu-partnership.org


    Link Read more
    Link The EU approves € 264 M to help 19 ACP States face the economic crisis


  10. Dominica: Banana production increases by 80%
    2013-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The Dominican Republic’s economy will benefit from the 80% increase in banana production. Banana production grew from 1200 boxes to 2000 per week after an investment of about RD $80 million. Ramon Emilio, the La Cruz de Manzanillo Project Manager, said the goal is to reach a production level between 20 and 25,000 boxes of bananas for export a week, which will represent an important currency income for the country.That production is intended for export to the European market and those bananas that can't be exported will be used in social programs and for the domestic market.

    Source: Freshplaza.com


    Link Read more
    Link Dominica: 15,4m EUR banana support package


  11. EU pledges supportive health care funding to Jamaica
    2013-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Development Policy, Archive

    The European Union (EU) has recently provided 951 million Jamaican dollars in budgetary support to help the Jamaican government deal with the effects of natural disasters. In addition the EU pledged 2.6 billion Jamaican dollars to support health care funding to Jamaica. These funds will be providing improved maternal and paediatric health care in public health institutions across the island. Furthermore, the money will fund training more doctors and nurses in addition to creating 6 units for ill new-borns, and 5 units for critically ill mothers. These grants form part of  EU efforts to help developing countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

    Source: Jamaica Gleaner


    Link Read more


  12. Dominica receives 3.2m. Euro as direct budget support from EU
    2013-10-17
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Development Policy

    The European Union (EU) has recently contributed 3.2 million Euro as a direct budget support to the Commonwealth of Dominica as part of a 8.46 million Euro plan. This plan will be carried out over the course of three installments as part of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Multi-Sector General Budget Support Programme that was put into place in mid-2012. This aid strengthens the relationship between Dominica and Europe, says the EU Head of Delegation, Ambassador Mikael Barfod, in that the dialogue between the donor and the partner country will increase. More than half of this recent allocation will go towards the improvement of quality and access to water supply, renewable energy management, and healthcare for mothers and children. This new budget support comes to Dominica in addition to other cause specific allocations from the EU, including the enhancement of sustainable rural livelihoods and other measures to improve the standards of living of Dominicans.

    Source: Inside Dominica


    Link Read more
    Link Dominican Strategy Paper - 10th EDF
    Link  Link Next (11th) European Development Fund (EDF)


  13. Eminent persons meet to discuss the future of ACP countries
    2013-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Development Policy

    Delegates, high legal officials of African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (ACP), are beginning a series of meetings and conferences this autumn. The purpose of these upcoming meetings is to define the future outlooks of the ACP group and its relationship with the European Union (EU). As the current agreement between the ACP countries and the EU expires in 2020, the ACP has a chance to re-evaluate its relationship with the EU when the opportunity to forge a new agreement comes around. Vice Chair of the Eminent Persons group, former president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandes hopes for the ACP countries to further integrate themselves into the world economy and focus on the development of their countries.
    The EPG are working with European Union (EU) member-state representatives as well as representatives from the Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Group (ACP) led by former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to specify the goals of the relationship among the groups. The EPG meetings are expected to submit a final report to ACP Heads of State and Government in December 2014.
    The ACP is the largest association of developing states in the world, with the future membership of South Sudan making their membership 80 countries. ACP countries are part of a unique partnership with the EU, covering development finance and cooperation, trade and political dialogue. The framework agreement comes to an end in 2020, with the last review in 2015. The EU is the second largest donor to the Pacific and represents a significant source of development support as well as trade opportunities.

    Source : ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link Study to consider ACP scenarios for post-2020


  14. Emergence of 'resilience-building' as key to reduce hunger
    2013-10-16
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Policy, Archive

    On 14 October, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), along with Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, published a report supporting that resilience efforts be made to increase worldwide food security. The report notes that although world hunger is decreasing, it remains a serious issue, and that the common practice of contributing temporary aid to hungry developing states is not enough to lift a society out of hunger. This index, championed by two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Gay Mitchell and Norbert Neuser, calls for provisions to be made to allow food-insecure countries to better react to shocks that make their nutrition supply vulnerable, such as economic shifts, climate change, and pressures from the population. To foster resilience in the long term, however, the plan calls for a change in the society, politics, and economics of the developing countries.

    Source: The Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link More on the 2013 Global Hunger Index
    Link Read the full report


  15. EU Common Agricultural Policy reform and its impact on Africa
    2013-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    The European Union (EU) has recently reached an agreement within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the upcoming period of 2014-2020. These CAP negotiations are being made in conjunction with the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), which determines how much European money is allocated to agriculture every year, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development informs (ICTSD) informs.
    In the coming period between 2014 and 2020, the MFF, agreed upon by the Council and the Parliament, the allocation to agriculture is expected to decrease, but not by a significant amount. Between 2007 and the expected 2020 budget, the agricultural allocation is expected to decrease by six percent to 36 percent of the total EU budget. This new legislation targets green and organic farming in each country to receive 30 percent of its agriculture allocation. Other direct payments benefit young farmers, and individuals who run small farms.
    While these negotiations had no legislation concerning trade policy, these changes may have an effect on the world market. Because of the changes in recipients of direct payments, there may be some decreases in productivity in farms that previously had higher subsidies. However, the new policies set aside investment in agricultural innovations and research to strengthen EU production in the long term. These new plans will also remove milk and sugar quotas, which had been expected to remain in place until 2020.
    While the removal of milk quotas allows European countries to compete, the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries depend on the quotas to export their own sugar product to the EU. The elimination of sugar quotas in the EU would influence a price decrease and make sugar imports less attractive. However, the market between the EU and ACP countries will depend on world market prices, ICTSD reports.

    Source: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development


    Link Read more
    Link EU Presidency programme on Agriculture
    Link  ACP reiterates concern over sugar quotas abolishment date


  16. Better fish stock management could generates billions, says report
    2013-10-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries

    Sustainable management of the fish stock of the European Union (EU) could yield additional catch, bring extra revenue of €3.2 billion yearly and lead to the creation of 100,000 new jobs in the sector in Europe, according to the report ‘Unknown Waters’, by British think-tank ‘New Economics’.
    New Economics says the additional revenue could be generated provided governments triple the amount spent on collecting data on fish stocks and enforce rules to ensure that the EU’s fish stocks recover enough to allow large-scale fishing.
    On 23 October the European Parliament’s fisheries committee is set to vote on how to spend the €6.57 billion budget for the sector agreed by European ministers earlier this year. Currently, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund spends €51.4 million to data collection and €49.3 million for control and enforcement annually, about 1.5% of the value of landings.
    “Tripling this amount to €302 million annually would be a small investment given the additional gains in jobs and food supplies. For every €1 invested in data collection, control and enforcement, there is a potential return of €10,” the report says.
    Roberto Ferrigno, a fisheries expert at environmental NGO WWF, agreed that supporting data collection control and enforcement would be a wise use of taxpayer money. “We need public money to support innovative fishing practices, so that we can manage fisheries sustainably and allow depleted stocks to recover.” He said
    The Community Fisheries Control Agency estimates that about 6% of the vessels are infringing EU fishing regulations at any one time.


    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more


  17. EU collaborates with Caribbean to upgrade food export quality
    2013-10-11
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    The European Union (EU) agreed on Wednesday 9 October to spend 11.57 million Euros to help the Caribbean Countries to improve their production systems to ensure that food exports meet international standards, officials said.
    The EU Ambassador to Guyana, Robert Kopecky, and the Director General of the Inter American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, Victor Villalobos, signed the agreement during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which was held in Guyana. Kopecky told AFP that the funds of this three-year project, would be used for training and possibly the establishment of food testing laboratories.
    "Nobody doubts the quality and organic nature of the products of the Caribbean but some bureaucratic procedures from the point of view of consumer protection aren't simply there," said Kopecky.
    He explained that robust sanitary and phytosanitary standards would ensure that the Caribbean could take valuable advantage of its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU.
    The ambassador said that not only food exports to the EU would be of a high standard but also food sent to other markets.
    Since the Caribbean signed the EPA with EU the in 2008, very little has been done to boost trade to Europe.

    Source: EUbusiness.com


    Link Read more


  18. European Growers introduce a quality and sustainability label
    2013-10-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    To encourage European consumers to increase their awareness of sustainable and organic agricultural products, growers in the Netherlands have launched a green label on their produce to denote the quality. Growers that attach this label to their products affirm that their produce is grown in the philosophy of quality, sustainability, and superior taste.
    There is no cost or inspections for growers to use the Green Heart label, yet the growers who wish to distinguish their produce in this way must agree to the charter that promises their allegiance to the organic philosophy. The growers hope that the presence of the tag will increase awareness and efforts to increase agricultural sustainability.
    The European Commission (EC) is due to present a roadmap on organic agriculture by the end of this year. The document will focus on strengthening the monitoring system of organic certification and label. The EC should also facilitate international trade with organic products, and support access for developing countries’ organic products to EU markets, according to decision taken at the Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels in May 2013.

    Source: Horti Daily


    Link Read more
    Link Roadmap on Organic Farming in EU
    Link EU to facilitate trade with organic products


  19. 11th EDF: Cariforum and EU appraise development plans
    2013-10-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Aid effectiveness

    From 19-20 September, the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Programming Seminar was held in order to voice the importance and the concerns of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (Cariforum) and the European Union (EU) relations regarding future development co-operation for 2014-2020. This seminar held specific emphasis on narrowing down the aims of funding usage in regards to a national and regional basis through “people-centered development objectives”.
    Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, explained that the relationship the Cariforum has with the EU has been improving gradually and has been beneficial to the Caribbean.He also appreciated the attendance of the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, at the seminar as a reflection of the importance the EU attaches to its relations with Cariforum.
    However, LaRocque conveyed his concerns towards the new EU external aid policies. He noted that the advances that are being made within this relationship has been “underpinned by certain constants such as a commitment to global peace, democracy, the rule for law and respect for human rights.”
    The EU is the largest provider of grant resources to Cariforum states. LaRocque said the resources provided “have been significant and have contributed immensely to national and regional development in Cariforum.”

    Source: Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online


    Link Read more
    Link 11th EDF: deal on multi-billion euro budget for 2014-2020
    Link Next (11th) European Development Fund (EDF)


  20. Fewer boxes of South African oranges exported to EU
    2013-10-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Agriculture

    South Africa will be exporting 2 million fewer boxes of oranges to the European Union (EU) this season. The decrease in exports is due to a fungal issue called the Citrus Black Spot, which makes the product less appealing to the consumer. This season, the north and west of the country will export their pest-free citrus to the EU, while the rest of the citrus will be exported to Asia, the MIddle East, and Eastern Europe. The pest-free fruit destined for those latter locations will be re-routed to markets in the EU to fill the supply gap.

    Source: Fresh Plaza


    Link Read more
    Link Citrus from Southern Africa in Europe
    Link EU and South Africa



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