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[CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 196]
Subject: [CTA - Brussels Office Newsletter N° 196]
Send date: 2009-10-19 15:12:30
Issue #: 10
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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 : [DATE]
CTA Brussels Newsletter

Main events in the week
  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week (19-25 October)
  2. Global Land Acquisition: trends and challenges
  3. Access to safe motherhood and prevention of HIV/AIDS in ACP countries
  4. Briefing “Opportunities for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries”: video material
  5. Towards the Communication on the 'EU's role in Global Health'
  6. EU remains weak on tuna, rest of world must respond
  7. ACP-EU Water Facility: €200 million call for proposals planned
  8. EPAs continue to pose great challenge to ACP
  9. Africa sets terms for granting EU full market access
  10. Fiji: Sugar protocol ends
  11. EIB 'will not play the role' of commercial banks
  12. IMF sees EU banks losing over €400 bln by 2010
  13. Africa 'resistant to GMOs because of relationship with EU'
  14. EC delegation discusses economy
  15. Africa figures prominently on Finland’s agenda
  16. EU mulls carbon tax to curb global warming
  17. Council fights back over MEPs' budget attacks
  18. Commission sets out plans for major financial reform
  19. EU-funded malaria research
  20. "Fostering EU-Caribbean cooperation in ICT research"


  1. Main ACP-EU events for the week (19-25 October)
    2009-10-16

    European Parliament (Strasbourg):
    - 19-22 October: Plenary session

    EU Presidency (Brussels/Luxembourg):
    - 19 October: Working Party on Africa (COAFR); Working Party on Development Cooperation (CODEV); Eurogroup
    - 19/20 October: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
    - 20 October: Economic and Financial Affairs Council; ACP Working Party;
    - 21 October: Environment Council; Coreper II; Working Party on International Environment Issues (WPIEI) Climate Change
    - 22 October: Working Party on Internal/External Fisheries Policy; Coreper II
    - 23 October: Coreper I;

    ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
    - 19 October: 3rd Joint ACP-EC Ambassadorial Negotiating meeting
    - 20 October: WINDS-Caribe Seminar
    - 21 October: S/C on Establishment and Finance

    22-24 October: European Development Days Stockholm, Sweden

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


    Link European Parliament
    Link EU Presidency
    Link ACP Secretariat


  2. Global Land Acquisition: trends and challenges
    2009-10-15
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Rural development, Aid effectiveness, Environment, 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 Programme_1.pdf

  3. Access to safe motherhood and prevention of HIV/AIDS in ACP countries
    2009-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The European Commission has provided € 32 million in assistance to 22 African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries over a period of 6 years to help fight poverty and to increase access to and quality of sexual and reproductive health services and commodities. The International Workshop on Poverty Eradication and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), taking place from 14-15 October 2009 in Brussels, will evaluate the European Commission contribution to SRHR and discuss lessons learned and ways forward.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more


  4. Briefing “Opportunities for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries”: video material
    2009-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Rural development, Aid effectiveness, ACP-EU Trade

    The video recordings of the 13th Briefing session (“Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?”) are now available.
    Link Video
    Link More about the Briefing
    Link All the Briefings


  5. Towards the Communication on the 'EU's role in Global Health'
    2009-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Archive

    The first Global Health Policy Forum – an informal monthly gathering of stakeholders active on EU Global Health –discussed an outline of the process leading to adoption of a Communication on the ‘EU’s Role in Global Health’ during the Spanish Presidency. The meeting focused on three major challenges of global health: equity; policy coherence and governance, as well as discussing the process leading towards adoption by the Commission of the Communication.

    Source: Action for Global Health


    Link Read more
    Link DG Sanco


  6. EU remains weak on tuna, rest of world must respond
    2009-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Regional Fisheries

    WWF has expressed disappointment that despite the good progress represented by 21 out of 27 European Union Member States confirming their support for an international trade ban for endangered Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna, this majority is not enough for EU countries to sponsor a proposal to this effect. The global conservation organization calls for the support of other countries. At a meeting on 21st September of the EU’s Management Committee for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), EU Member State representatives forged a position on the recent European Commission opinion that Atlantic bluefin tuna meets the requirements to be listed on CITES Appendix I to restrict international trade – and the recommendation that the EU should formally back such a listing proposal.

    Source: WWF


    Link Read more
    Link More about CITES
    Link CTA Briefing on IUU fishing


  7. ACP-EU Water Facility: €200 million call for proposals planned
    2009-10-14
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness, Rural development, Environment, Archive

    The European Commission has announced phase two of the ACP-EU Water Facility, setting aside €200 million to help to tackle water and sanitation problems in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It will launch a call for proposals at the beginning of 2010. Between 2004 and 2006, the Water Facility financed 175 proposals, contributing €414.5 million out of the total project costs of €788 million. European institutions have doubled their support to the water and sanitation sector since 2002 . They are also spending more on basic water supply and sanitation for the poor - up from 22% of the aid in 2007 to 37% in 2009, and relatively less on large water supply and sanitation systems. EU donors give on average €1 billion every year to the water and sanitation sector, according to EUWI, the EU Water Initiative.

    Source: European Commission


    Link ACP-EU Water Facility
    Link IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
    Link European Water Initiative


  8. EPAs continue to pose great challenge to ACP
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretary-General, Sir John Kaputin has re-iterated that the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) have continued to pose a great challenge to the ACP Group of States at the national, regional and all-ACP levels. He told ACP chief negotiators attending the Meeting of the Technical Follow-up Group on negotiation and implementation of EPAs that the challenge is due to the fact that the EPA process has created a differentiation within the ACP as a Group and in some of the regions. Sir John agreed that ACP regions and some ACP countries within their designated regions are progressing at variable speeds. Overall, only 25 ACP countries have signed a full or interim EPA, 11 have initialled but not signed while 42 have neither initialled nor signed any agreement.

    Source: ACP Secretariat


    Link Read more
    Link Read more (2)
    Link More about EPAs


  9. Africa sets terms for granting EU full market access
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Regional Fisheries, ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    Africa is asking its team of trade negotiators working on the Economic Partnership Agreement to focus on economic development before deciding on opening up markets to the European Union. Mr Erastus Mwencha, the deputy head of African Union Commission, says the continent should not be tied to timelines on the deal that envisages full access to African markets by 2025. Mr Mwencha on Monday told the EU-Africa Business forum in Nairobi that the proposed date was unrealistic. Africa will wait for national incomes and the efficiency of its industries improve to compete with the EU, the official said. The EPA deal guarantees Africa unrestricted access to EU markets but unlike the previous pact that expired in 2007, African countries must open up their markets to the EU products and services. If the trade deal is agreed, African countries will continue to have unrestricted access to EU market. The full access to African markets by the EU is envisaged by 2025, said Stefano Manservisi, the European Commission director general for development. Mr Mwencha said new developments like the financial crisis may affect the pace of Africa’s economic growth. He said African negotiators at the EPA talks have been instructed to go for socio-economic development and industrial competitiveness as parameters for full market access by the EU. An earlier study done by civil society groups in East Africa Community found that the five countries would lose about Sh12 billion in uncollected taxes.

    Source: Business Daily Africa


    Link Read more
    Link DG Trade
    Link 3rd EU-Africa Business Forum


  10. Fiji: Sugar protocol ends
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Aid effectiveness

    The Fiji Sugar Corporation's shipment last week of 30,385 tonnes will be the last enjoyed under the Sugar Protocol. Prime Minister's Office sugar economist Viliame Gucake said that FSC would be paid the new price -- 36 per cent less from the current price - from its fourth shipment until 2015. The preferential price under the ACP/EU Sugar Protocol expires today. Mr Gucake said the State had hoped that the preferential price that Fiji and other ACP sugar producing countries have enjoyed would be extended. He said since Fiji was the furthest sugar-producing country from the market - as brokered by UK firm Tate and Lyle -- the shipment would take about three to four weeks to reach there. Mr Gucake explained that under the new price, a net of $858 would be paid per tonne. "From the net of $1192 per tonne to $858 from October 1," he said. He said the FSC had exported a total of 80,043 tonnes of raw sugar in its first three shipments. Mr Gucake said the company would be receiving $95.4million from the three shipments. Fiji Cane Growers Association general secretary Bala Dass said there was nothing farmers could do about the new price, in which they would definitely lose out on. He believed there should be a plan to cushion the loss that would be incurred by the farmers.

    Source: Fiji Times


    Link Read more
    Link ACP EU relations
    Link EC Delegation to FIji


  11. EIB 'will not play the role' of commercial banks
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) may be dolling out billions of euros in loans to small businesses, but it has no intention of behaving like a commercial bank, Philippe de Fontaine Vive, EIB vice-president, told EurActiv France in an interview. He said that although all independent European firms with fewer than 250 employees are eligible for an EIB loan, the bank is still relatively unknown in EU countries. Since the financial crisis broke, the EIB has ramped up its funding for small and medium-sized businesses in an effort to keep firms afloat during the credit crisis. However, there have been claims that this funding stream has been ignored by some of the commercial banks with which the EIB has partnered.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link More about EIB
    Link CTA Briefing on SMEs


  12. IMF sees EU banks losing over €400 bln by 2010
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its estimate of global banking losses in the last six months but forecast an increase in writedowns in the next year. "Actual and potential writedowns from bad assets such as loans and securities have fallen by some $600 billion over the past six months, from about $4 trillion to $3.4 trillion, as a lessening in financial stress has narrowed spreads", reads the biannual Global Financial Stability Report published on 30 September by the IMF. The encouraging review, based on the IMF's worst-case estimates in April, has been welcomed by financial operators, although the new data provided by the fund are not only positive.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link Read the Report
    Link More about IMF


  13. Africa 'resistant to GMOs because of relationship with EU'
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Environment, Archive

    Europe's cautious approach to genetically modified crops is having a negative effect on agriculture in Africa, according to a group of farmers. A delegation of African farmers met with EU policymakers in Brussels to discuss the role of biotechnology in tackling the food crisis. Motlatsi Everest Musi, a small-scale maize farmer in South Africa, has been cultivating genetically modified Bt-maize since 2005. He told reporters at a EuropaBio event on Wednesday that growing the technology had boosted his profits and enabled him to expand his business. Musi said he had come to Brussels "to share my experience and to send a message to Europeans that Africa seems to be reluctant to grow genetically modified seeds because they don't want to lose their relationship with Europe". Musi, who acquired 21 hectares of land through South Africa's land redistribution for agricultural development programme in 2004, said his yield had increased by 34 per cent after switching to Bt-maize. However, he raised concerns that the number of countries growing GM grains was decreasing because Africa did not want to jeopardise its friendship with Europe.The executive director of the African agricultural technology foundation (AATF), Daniel Fungai Mataruka, agreed that the perception of GM in Africa was influenced by the EU.

    Source: theparliament.com


    Link Read more
    Link African Agricultural Technology Foundation


  14. EC delegation discusses economy
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : ACP-EU Trade, Regional Fisheries, Aid effectiveness

    A team from the European Commission delegation in Barbados was in Antigua to discuss political and economic developments in the country as part of the annual Mid Term Review of projects and programmes. The Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration is the public sector mechanism that will be the main beneficiary of 10th European Development Fund (EDF) support. During a press conference, National Authorising Officer (NAO) Ambassador Dr. Clarence Henry said the discussions ranged from the fiscal and economic impact of Antigua and Barbuda’s economy to the poverty assessment report, and strategies the country has been developing in response to the poverty assessment. "We also have to look at institutional support for the Office of the NAO as well as the Ferry Docking Facility, which is to be financed from the CRIP, the regional TCF programme," Dr. Henry stated. He said they also reviewed the progress made on the Learning Resource Centre at the Antigua State College along with several other interventions, for which Antigua and Barbuda has gained European Union assistance. Under the 10th EDF, the EU through its commission has allocated some $3.4 million Euros towards the Fiscal Modernisation Programme, which is going directly to the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Public Administration.

    Source: Antigua Sun


    Link Read more
    Link EC and Antigua Barbuda
    Link More about EDF


  15. Africa figures prominently on Finland’s agenda
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    It feels nice, very nice,” says Kirsti Kauppi, the new Director General of the Department for Africa and the Middle East on her return from Central Europe to issues concerning Africa. “It’s interesting to see how sub-Saharan Africa looks now, 20 years later,” she continues. Kirsti Kauppi assumed the post of Director General at the beginning of September. The other sphere of operations, the Middle East, has been of interest to Kauppi for as long as she can remember. The leap from Vienna to issues involving the Sahel is not as great as one might think. “Much of the ambassador’s work in Vienna involved multilateral issues. The topics ranged from the nuclear sector to drugs, from corruption to development. The whole world was included,” Kauppi explains.

    Source: Ministry Affairs for Foreign Cooperation


    Link Read more
    Link Finland Development Policy


  16. EU mulls carbon tax to curb global warming
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment

    The European Commission is considering imposing an EU-wide tax on CO2 emissions on sectors such as transport and agriculture, which are currently not covered by the bloc's cap-and-trade scheme for carbon dioxide. The proposed amendment of the 2003 Energy Taxation Directive would oblige member states to levy a CO2 tax on fuels in order to cut emissions. The Commission reckons that the EU's policy framework has "changed radically" since the adoption of the existing legislation, which it wants to bring in line with the bloc's ambitious climate goals.

    Source: Euractiv


    Link Read more
    Link EC Draft proposal
    Link CTA Briefing on climate change


  17. Council fights back over MEPs' budget attacks
    2009-10-13

    The Council of Ministers has fought back against accusations from MEPs that it has been secretive about its 2007 accounts and failed to account for transfers of tens of millions of Euros. In April a majority of MEPs voted to postpone approving the Council's 2007 accounts in a bid to exact more information about the spending. MEPs said that future decisions on approving the accounts would depend on “greater transparency and closer parliamentary scrutiny” of Council spending on foreign and security policy.

    Source: European Voice


    Link Read more


  18. Commission sets out plans for major financial reform
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Aid effectiveness

    EU executive foresees some EU-level supervision; difficult talks predicted. The European Commission presented proposals for a major reform of financial supervision in the EU that would transfer some binding powers from member states to authorities at an EU level.Under the proposals, EU authorities would be empowered to settle disputes between national supervisors for the banking, insurance and securities sectors, and take emergency measures in a crisis such as restrictions on short-selling. They would also be tasked with drawing up harmonised technical standards – for example, on liquidity standards and reporting frameworks – that would be applied in all member states. The Commission proposals foresee that the authorities might eventually be given direct supervisory powers over some large institutions, replacing national supervisors.

    Source: European Voice


    Link Read more
    Link Read more (EU Presidency)


  19. EU-funded malaria research
    2009-10-13
    NEWSLETTER_CATEGORIES : Environment, Archive, Rural development

    Under the EU’s previous Framework Programme for Research (FP6, 2002-2006), a total of 17 cooperative malaria research projects were supported to the tune of about EUR 64 million. Under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research or FP7 (2007-2013), the more structured approach to European research in the field of malaria is being consolidated and reinforced.

    Source: European Commission


    Link Read more
    Link Calls for proposals
    Link FP7 on CORDIS


  20. "Fostering EU-Caribbean cooperation in ICT research"
    2009-10-13

    Supported by the European Commission the WINDS-Caribe project organises the Seminar "Fostering EU-Caribbean cooperation in ICT research" that will be held on October 20, 2009 at the ACP Secretariat. This event will gather ICT research leaders from the Caribbean and Europe to discuss about outstanding ICT research initiatives from Cuba, Francophone Antilles, Dominican Republic and the English speaking Caribbean, among other countries from the region, and to discuss future strategies to foster EU-Caribbean cooperation in ICT research.

    Source: Winds


    Link Read more
    Link Programme
    Link More about WInds



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