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Newsletter 259

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

August 2019
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Friday, 23 August 2019

European Parliament (Brussels):
-7 February: Development Committee speaks about elections in South Sudan
-8 February: MEPs debate on the European Council with Herman van Rompuy
-9 February: Low Carbon Economy Summit with Prince Charles
European Commission (Brussels):
-EDC 2020 Briefing for Parliamentarians and Final Event
In ACP states:
7-11 February: World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal

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

Our guest of the week is Professor Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. We spoke to him in the margin of a panel debate on "Geopolitics of Food" that the CTA organized in cooperation with DG DEVCO, Concord and the ACP Secretariat on February 2nd in Brussels.

France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Poland have formed a common platform to call for improved reciprocity between the EU and its trade partners. On 9 February, Ministers of European Affairs from France, Poland, Germany, Spain and Portugal, together with the Italian Minister for Economic Development made a joint plea for “Europe to be a realist in defending its interests” in its dealings with economic partners.

Following the initiative of the French département Gers, 19 regional and 3 departmental authorities have lodged a request at the European Court of Justice to repeal the authorization by the Commission to allow the commercial introduction of new varieties of genetically modified corn. After the previous dispute over the cultivation of GMOs, now comes the fight against their trade.

Friday, 11 February 2011

European leaders agreed on Friday to give unprecedented leeway to the European Commission to help negotiate contracts with energy exporters like Russia in an effort to improve security of supplies and safeguard investment. There is “a need for better coordination” among European Union countries and for more coherence in “relations with key producer, transit and consumer countries,” the leaders said in a statement at the close of a one-day meeting in Brussels.

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