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Newsletter 258

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Saturday, 16 February 2019

On February 2nd, 2011, the CTA organized a Brussels Briefing on Geopolitics of Food in cooperation with DG DEVCO of the European Commission, Concord and other partners. 159 policy-makers from the European Commission, the Council and EU and ACP embassies followed the discussions live in the European Commission, with another 80 followers of the internet webstream. Among the speakers were Prof Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Prof Sylvie Brunel from the university Sorbonne Paris IV, Hafez Ghanem of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, and Doaa Abdel Motaal, Agricultural and Environmental issues, WTO among others.
A written documentation of the event, as well as the videos of the different speeches will be made available on http://brusselsbriefings.net shortly.

European Parliament (Brussels):
-2/3 February: Plenary Session in Brussels on Banana War, Electronic Waste
Council (Brussels):
-31 January: General and Foreign Affairs Council
-4 February: European Council on energy and economic governance
ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
-4 February: Special Committee of Ambassadors with World Customs Organization
CTA (Brussels):
-2 February: Brussels Briefing on Geopolitics of Food

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

Our guest of the week is Astrid Lulling, a member of the European Parliament from Luxembourg. She has been part of the Agriculture Committee since 1965, and has followed the Common Agricultural Policy since its birth. In this video, she reacts to Mr Valentin Zahrnt's ideas (last week's video).

The European Union's spot carbon market reopened on Friday (4 February) after cyber attacks had forced a closure lasting more than two weeks, but was quiet as some traders expected further thefts of emissions permits.

At the European Summit on February 4, European leaders conceded that energy efficiency targets for 2020 is not on track. To meet the schedule, they demand more investment in energy infrastructure. Until 2014, they want to establish a fully functioning, interconnected and integrated internal energy market in the EU, so as to allow gas and electricity to flow freely.

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