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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

European Parliament gives consent on new Food Assistance Convention

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


Source: European Commission