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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 195]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 195]
Send date: 2009-10-09 15:19:56
Issue #: 9
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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 : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

Main events in the week
  1. Main ACP-EU events for next week (12-18 October)
  2. Our Video guest: Mr Stefano Manservisi, European Commission’s Director-General for Development
  3. ACP Rural Development: why Media matters?
  4. Global Land Acquisition: trends and challenges
  5. EC calls for additional €50bn in low carbon technologies
  6. Milk: High Level Group to look at long-term future of dairy sector
  7. Civil society come face to face with Barroso on EU priorities
  8. Recycling of bone meal for environmentally friendly crop protection
  9. EC encourages reformed CAP with more than 3 million euros
  10. Innovative technology for fresher, better food
  11. Aids for fruit and vegetable sector: Paris outlines its methods
  12. Concord Strategic Plan 2009-2015
  13. World’s poorest countries debate WTO membership
  14. Forthcoming appointment of Commission scientific advisor
  15. EU-Guinea fisheries agreement rejected
  16. EC signs €165 million regional programme for Central Africa
  17. Statement by Commissioner De Gucht on tsunami in Pacific Islands
  18. Fourth Regional Meeting of the JPA - West Africa
  19. EU Policy Coherence for Development
  20. Support for information measures relating to the common agricultural policy
  21. EU must get GMOs moving, says Danish food Minister


  1. Main ACP-EU events for next week (12-18 October)
    2009-10-09

    European Parliament (Brussels):
    - 12 and 15 October: Committee meetings
    - 13-15 October: Groups meetings

    EU Presidency (Brussels):
    - 12 October: Working Party on CODEV; Codex Alimentarius Working Party; Special Committee on Agriculture; Working Party on the Environment; EU–African Union PSC troika (Addis Abeba)
    - 13 October: ACP Working Party; Codex Alimentarius Working Party
    - 14 October: Coreper I and II; Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA); Ministerial meeting between the EU troika and the African Union
    - 15 October: Working Party on Internal/External Fisheries Policy; Working Party on Development Cooperation (CODEV); Working Party on the Environment
    - 16 October: Coreper I; ACP Working Party

    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    - 12-13 October: EPA Chief Regional Negotiators meetings
    - 14 October: W/G on Fisheries
    - 15 October: S/C on Establishment and Finance; Committee of Ambassadors

    12 October: Briefing ‘ACP Rural Development: why Media matters?’
    12-16 October: CTA Annual Seminar 2009

    For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/


    Link European Parliament
    Link EU Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  2. Our Video guest: Mr Stefano Manservisi, European Commission’s Director-General for Development
    2009-10-09
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Archive

    Mr Stefano Manservisi has been the European Commission’s Director-General for Development since November 2004. In this capacity, he helps the Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid to formulate the EU’s development co-operation policy. He also oversees the programming of EU development assistance in the 78 partner countries of the EU in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

    Mr Stefano Manservisi explains to us the European Development Days (EDD) which is a key European platform for discussion and exchange on global challenges in all key areas – governance, climate change, international finance, trade, food security, water, energy, the role of the media and human and social rights. This forum blend a great diversity of political leaders and parliamentarians, international institutions, local authorities, NGOs, business leaders, academics, researchers, media representatives and the young.

    This year’s EDD, in Stockholm (22-24 October), falls one month after the G-20 Leaders meeting in Pittsburgh, two weeks after the IMF-World Bank meeting in Istanbul and six weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Against this backdrop, the 2009 edition will focus on the global response to the economic downturn and climate change, as well as on the challenges of democracy and development.

    CTA's contribution will be: a high-level round table on Global land acquisition (22nd October), the funding of 30 experts form the ACP countries, the organisation of 13 ACP stands in the development village and the support to the training of 15 African rural radio journalists as part of a partnership with the EC and Deutsche Welle.


    Link Interview
    Link European Development Days
    Link DG Development


  3. ACP Rural Development: why Media matters?
    2009-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Rural development, Aid effectiveness

    The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 12th October 2009 on the role of Media in Rural Development. We will discuss the need to mainstream media in development and increase donor's attention to media as well as the challenges the journalists and media specialists face when addressing agricultural and rural development issues in their work. We will try to find more on how media can better serve rural communities in ACP countries. This Briefing will be part of the 25th Anniversary events of CTA and we will have with us prominent policy-makers and media specialists sharing with us their experience and views on these issues. To know more and register contact: pruna@cta.int or boto@cta.int.

    Link More about the Briefings
    Link Past Briefings
    Link CTA Annual Seminar


  4. Global Land Acquisition: trends and challenges
    2009-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Archive

    In the context of the European Development Days to be held in Stockholm under the Swedish presidency on 22-24th October 2009, CTA in partnership with the EC, FAO, IFAD, IIED, AGRA, Regional African Farmers Organisations will organise on 22 October (17h00-19h00) a round table on trends and challenges of the Global Land Acquisition. Recent global trends are prompting a massive increase in global commercial interest in land and natural resources. In many countries this is creating unprecedented pressures on land resources and placing new tensions on land tenure systems. We will discuss the facts, scope and main affected countries as well as the drivers behind. We will also look at the minimum set of principles and measures to coordinate the large-scale transnational land acquisitions and leases at international level in order to ensure that such investments work for the benefit of the population including the most vulnerable groups. To know more and register: boto@cta.int.

    Link European Development Days 2009
    Link CTA Briefing on land access
    Link CTA Reader on land access
    Link EDDs_programme_Land_acquisition.pdf

  5. EC calls for additional €50bn in low carbon technologies
    2009-10-08
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive

    European Commission called public authorities, business, and researchers to join efforts in order to develop by 2020 the necessary technologies to address climate change, secure EU energy supply and ensure the competitiveness of our economies. In a proposal on "Investing in the development of low-carbon energy technologies", the Commission estimates that an additional investment of €50 billion in energy technology research will be needed over the next 10 years. This means almost tripling the annual investment in the European Union, from €3 to €8 billion. This represents a step forward in the implementation of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), the technology pillar of the EU's energy and climate policy. Different sources of funding are considered, from public and private sectors at national and EU level, to be used in a coordinated way will also help to push forward a fast growing industrial sector and to create jobs.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link SET plan
    Link Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS)


  6. Milk: High Level Group to look at long-term future of dairy sector
    2009-10-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Environment

    Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, informed agriculture ministers that a High Level Expert Group on Milk will begin work next week to discuss medium and long-term arrangements for the dairy sector given the expiry of milk quotas on 1 April 2015. The Commissioner told a lunch meeting of ministers that the HLG will study whether new arrangements should be put in place which can further contribute to stabilising the market and producers' incomes, reducing price volatility and enhancing market transparency. The Commissioner also briefed ministers on the most recent package of proposals the Commission is preparing to support the dairy market and gave an update on the market situation, which shows that prices for dairy products are picking up.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU protests over slump in milk prices


  7. Civil society come face to face with Barroso on EU priorities
    2009-10-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    NGOs and trade unions met with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso at a Brussels conference held by the Spring Alliance, the EU’s largest civil society coalition. The meeting came with high expectations in the social and environmental fields as well as on the international scene, as the world enters a critical phase: deep in economic crisis, with EU unemployment at a ten-year high and climate change an indisputable reality.

    Source: Concord


    Link Read more
    Link Spring Alliance


  8. Recycling of bone meal for environmentally friendly crop protection
    2009-10-07
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive, Environment

    Phosphorus is an essential, critical and limited nutrient in crop production with no alternative substitutes. All living organisms require phosphorus to grow and it forms part of important life sustaining molecules such as DNA and RNA. Today agriculture relies on phosphorus fertilizers mostly processed from mined phosphate rock which is a non-renewable resource that takes 10-15 million years to form and current known reserves are likely to be depleting 50-100 years. The rate of production of economically available phosphate reserves will soon reach a peak, followed by a rapid steep decline and subsequent ongoing decline of productivity. There is an increasing social and ecological need for recovery, recycling and reuse of the phosphorus resources like harvested biomass, food industrial and animal wastes (food grade bone meal of hog origin) which are reach in phosphorus into natural Phosphorus fertilizers. To reduce hazards to human health and the environment from heavy metal (cadmium) loaded fertilisers and chemicals, the EU's Environmental Action Plan stipulates that food-chain organic wastes and by-products should be recycled and upgraded into bio fertilisers and biocontrol products.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More about the project
    Link 3R-Agrocarbon


  9. EC encourages reformed CAP with more than 3 million euros
    2009-10-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development

    The European Commission has published a call for proposals aimed at increasing knowledge of the common agricultural policy through measures aimed at strengthening information aspects of this area in the European population. Farmers or farmer organizations, consumer associations and environmental protection, public authorities of Member States, media and universities are eligible for such aids for measures of information on the Common Agricultural Policy.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Call for proposals
    Link CAP Reform


  10. Innovative technology for fresher, better food
    2009-10-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Archive

    Consumers want fresh, safe and good-quality food. But how can producers consistently meet their demands? Researchers in Germany have developed a new system based on metal-oxide sensor technology that could check food quality and safety in a quick yet cost-effective and reliable way. The researchers, from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) and for Physical Measurement Techniques (IPM), said their innovative system checks gasses being emitted from the food on-site, rather than in a laboratory. The system can do what lab tests can't: check quickly and cheaply. It measures volatile components to determine when fruits and vegetables are ripe, and when they're ready to go to the supermarket to be taken home for consumption. Dr Mark Bücking, head of the Department of Environmental and Food Analysis at IME, explained that the system brings together several technologies. Metal-oxide sensors, perhaps best known for their use in cars (where they can close ventilation vents when the car drives through a tunnel, for example), are central to the design.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link DG Research


  11. Aids for fruit and vegetable sector: Paris outlines its methods
    2009-10-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development

    When ordered to recover between 500 and 700 million Euros paid out in subsidies to the fruit and vegetable sector, France was asked to spell out how it intended to recover these funds. Bruno Lemaire disputed the figures and asked for “more time”, but France has now finally responded within the time limit. On Tuesday 29 September Paris sent Brussels an “interim report” on the European Commission’s decision on aids to the fruit and vegetable sector. In January 2009 the European Commission ruled that the “plan de campagne” payments to the fruit and vegetable sector between 1992 and 2002 had been illegal. The agriculture minister Bruno Lemaire was asked to tell the EC how he planned to recover the money. Brussels is asking France to claw back 500 million Euros (338 million plus 150 million in interest) and the Commission is also contesting the legality of another 200 million Euros said to have been granted to fruit and vegetable producers by the sector’s professional organisations.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Read more (2)


  12. Concord Strategic Plan 2009-2015
    2009-10-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    - The European Union and its member states are fully committed to comprehensive policies and practice that promote sustainable economic, social and human development, aim to address the causes of poverty, and are based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy;
    - The rights and responsibilities of citizens and organised civil society, to influence those representing them in governments and EU institutions, are promoted and respected.

    Source: Concord


    Link Read the Document
    Link More about Concord


  13. World’s poorest countries debate WTO membership
    2009-10-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade

    Some of the poorest countries in the world embarked on a three-day meeting in Cambodia to discuss ways of accelerating accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Representatives of 12 African and Asian countries in Phnom Penh will be talking to the World Bank, the European Commission and UN agencies about questions such as the dangers joining the WTO might hold for them. “We want to share our experience in the negotiations with the WTO”, said the Cambodian Minister for Trade Cham Prasidh. Cambodia, Cape Verde and Nepal, all three of whom are members of the WTO, will be speaking to their colleagues from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Laos, Samoa, Vanuatu, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, the Comoros, Liberia and Sao Tome and Principe.

    Source: AOL Finance


    Link Read more
    Link More about WTO


  14. Forthcoming appointment of Commission scientific advisor
    2009-10-06
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive

    The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has decided to appoint a chief scientific advisor to assist the incoming European Commission with decisions on matters such GMOs authorisation and climate change. “We need a fundamental review of the way the European institutions access and use scientific advice,” said President Barroso on 15 September, announcing his intention to institute the function of chief scientific advisor. The new position, which will be created after the swearing-in of the new European Commission, is part of a reorganisation of the directorates responsible for science, research and innovation.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link DG Research
    Link European research advisory board


  15. EU-Guinea fisheries agreement rejected
    2009-10-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Regional Fisheries

    A draft EU-Guinea fisheries partnership agreement was rejected by a small majority in the Fisheries Committee on Thursday, after the Guinean government's use of force led to the deaths of over 100 civilians in Conakry on Monday. The deal would provide €450,000 a year in EU funding to develop Guinea's fisheries sector, and allow EU boats to fish in Guinean waters.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link Committee on Fisheries


  16. EC signs €165 million regional programme for Central Africa
    2009-10-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment

    Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, today signed a €165 million Regional Strategy Paper/Regional Indicat ive Programme (RSP/RIP) for Central Africa. Central Africa was represented by Antoine Ntsimi, President of the Commission of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CAEMC) and Louis Sylvain-Goma, Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The programme will help support regional and economic integration in this part of Africa.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More about ECCAS
    Link Country Strategy Papers 10th EDF


  17. Statement by Commissioner De Gucht on tsunami in Pacific Islands
    2009-10-05

    Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for development, humanitarian aid and relations with Pacific states, has expressed his solidarity with the island communities that were struck by the tsunami. Commissioner De Gucht has underlined that Europe stands ready to assist in any way it can. Commissioner De Gucht said, "I would like to offer my condolences to those families who have lost relatives in this tragedy and to the authorities of Samoa and American Samoa as well as the other Pacific island nations affected by this disaster. Let me assure you that the European Commission and its humanitarian department (ECHO) are closely monitoring the situation along with its humanitarian partners in case international emergency assistance is needed."

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link More about ECHO
    Link EC Delegation to Pacific


  18. Fourth Regional Meeting of the JPA - West Africa
    2009-10-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Food Security, Environment, Rural development

    The JPA will be holding its 4th Regional Meeting (West Africa) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 28 to 30 October 2009. The meeting will be chaired jointly by the two JPA Co-Presidents and will bring together 16 JPA parliamentarians from the West African region and 16 MEPs. The main issues to be discussed include the regional integration process, the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement, climate change, political stability and security, and the impact of the global food and financial crisis on the region.

    Source: European Parliament


    Link Read more
    Link More about JPA


  19. EU Policy Coherence for Development
    2009-10-05

    The third wave of the economic and financial crisis has reached the shores of the developing world, hitting these countries much harder than originally expected. The forecasts for the second half of 2009 and for 2010 look bleak. More than 50 million more people are projected to be in poverty in 2009. In the wake of the crisis there is an increasing awareness that it is not enough simply to return to the status quo ante. Sustaining the development aid effort is essential, albeit not sufficient. In financial terms this means that Official Development Assistance (ODA) must be complemented by other financial sources. Harnessing the development potential of these additional financial flows depends on efforts by developing countries and by their external partners such as the EU to design development friendly policy frameworks. Building on the two first biennial EU Reports on PCD6 and the call to establish a whole–of– the-Union approach 7, this Communication will look at the EU's approach to PCD and will make suggestions to the Community and the Member States on how to use PCD in a more targeted, effective and strategic way.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read the Document
    Link DG Development


  20. Support for information measures relating to the common agricultural policy
    2009-10-05
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Archive

    The Commission has issued a call for proposals with a total budget of 3.25 million which intends, among other things, to raise the general public's awareness of the CAP (including rural development dimension) in the States members, to discuss the EU policy on agricultural product quality and deal with farming communities and the medium and long term development prospects for the CAP with agricultural stakeholders and the general public. TV and radio campaigns; exchanges and information visits; visual, radio and audiovisual productions and distribution thereof; Information stands at agricultural fairs; activities at schools and universities, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. will be funded by this call.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link EU and agriculture
    Link More about PAC


  21. EU must get GMOs moving, says Danish food Minister
    2009-10-05

    At Monday's Council of Ministers meeting, the EU Commission warned that there will soon be a lack of soy and maize crops, which are used for fodder and food production. A poor harvest in South America has led to a lower supply of these crops. Danish food Minister Eva Kjer Hansen believes that the Commission and the Council of Ministers should work together to speed up the approval of new, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and that the Commission should solve the food industry's problems arising from the EU's policy of absolutely zero tolerance with regard to GMOs that are not approved by the EU.

    Source: Check Biotech


    Link Read more
    Link EU and GMO
    Link DG Agriculture



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