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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The 3rd European Forum on Sustainable Development  will be held in Palencia, Spain from  29th March-1st April 2011. This forum is an initiative by the European Commission and EU Presidency with the support of France, Germany, Ireland, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development and CTA. Around 500 experts in rural development form all around the world will be attending. Areas in agricultural cooperation which will be discussed include cover governance, food security and social protection, land issues, Ecologically efficient agricultural systems for smallholder farmers, the role of the private sector and the civil society in rural development, rural financing...

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European Council:
-11 March: Extraordinary European Council
-11/12 March: Information meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers
European Parliament:
-7-10 March: Plenary Session of the European Parliament
European Commission:
-8 March: Weekly college meeting of the European Commission
ACP Secretariat:
-10 March: Committee of Ambassadors
-11 March: Joint ACP-ADB-AUC-UNECA Consultations

You can also follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.

Our guest of the week is Sylvie Brunel, Professor in Sustainable Development at the university Paris IV, Sorbonne. We spoke to her 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.

Europe's fishing quotas are designed to protect European waters from over-fishing. They are imperfect instruments, however, and one of their unintended consequences is that they often force fishermen to dump huge amounts of dead, excess fish back into the ocean. On Tuesday, fishery ministers from EU states met to discuss how to end this practice.

Proposals on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by German MEP Albert Dess meet a strong opposition from all groups. In his report, examined by MEPs of the Agriculture Committee on Monday 28 February, Dess suggests to "ecologise" the future CAP. The report lists eleven objectives, ranging from the reduction of erosions to obligatory rotation of crops, including innovation and the reduction of carbon dioxide.

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