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Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Monday, 24 June 2019

The 23rd Briefing will be held on 15th June 2011 and focus on Nutrition and Agriculture. It will  discuss the key challenges and opportunities for achieving nutrition security, especially in the context of ACP countries, and the policies and actions to improve the linkages between agriculture and nutrition in future. Besides the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and Concord, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington will join us as co-organiser.

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
-16-18 May: 21st session (Budapest)
Council of Ministers
-16/17 May: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
-17 May: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
-19 May: Employment, Health and Social Affairs Council
European Commission
-18 May: Weekly meeting of the college
-16-20 May: European Youth Week
Hungarian Presidency
-16 May: Conference: Towards a new European Energy Infrastructure Instrument

You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), 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 Mario Giuseppe Varrenti, coordinator of the project "UN Millenium Development Goals" that the European student association AEGEE conducted between Europe, India and South Africa. At the European Commission where Varrenti is now working, he presented the main outcomes of the project.

While Europe celebrated its 61st birthday this week, MEPs recalled that "Europe is not a given", but a task ahead of us. They criticised the possible reintroduction of border checks in the Schengen area and asked for a stronger European voice on the international scene. Also this week, there was a musical celebration of Europe day and an unprecedented spam attack on Parliament’s Facebook page.

Emergency measures are needed to help fishermen suffering from high oil prices, says the European Parliament. It believes the current ceiling on state aid should rise from €30,000 to €60,000 per company and new technologies be used to improve energy efficiency. A long-term approach is required to avoid similar problems in future. The current high oil prices have had a severe impact on operating costs of fishermen, even forcing some to stop work.

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