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Friday, 27 April 2018

With 17 other countries, Madagascar will continue to benefit from a duty-free access to the European market. The European Union declared the maintenance of the country in the list of beneficiaries of the EU regulation 1528/2007 on market access. On 23 June, Madagascar had notified the EU of its acceptance to provisionally apply the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Despite two days of negotiations about the terms of the next fisheries partnership agreement between Gabon and the European Union, both parties have not been able to come to an accord, reported the Gabonese government newspaper l’Union. Negotiations blocked on one particular aspect, namely the desire of the European negotiators to include a human rights aspect into the debate, said the newspaper, which Gabonese negotiators declined.

Two independent reports evaluating the European Union's legislation on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) conclude that there is broad support for the legislation's objectives and show that recent legislative Commission initiatives are heading in the right direction. The documents, published last week, also note that some adjustments are necessary if we are to meet the objectives of the legislation -the protection of health and the environment and the creation of an internal market- and to ensure that the legislation is properly implemented.

Friday, 04 November 2011

East Africa Community (EAC) said on Thursday trade negotiations are still on course with the European Union (EU) despite missed deadlines. Peter Kiguta, Director General of the EAC Customs and Trade Directorate, said the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the EAC and the EU have not collapsed as its being alleged. "The question of EAC-EU EPA negotiations stalling or Partner States being bulldozed does not arise. We are on course and we expect to conclude the negotiations as programmed," Kiguta said in a statement received in Nairobi on Thursday.

Congo is the ACP country that receives most funds from the European Union. While development efforts on the ground show some success, in Brussels many people are unhappy with the amount of money attributed to Congo. Many point the finger at the former development commissioner and current Member of the European Parliament Louis Michel from Belgium. Commission officials and Members of Parliament wonder: Was it Michel’s friendship to Congo’s president Joseph Kabila that helped channel funds to Congo?