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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The new Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) was one of the key items discussed at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November. The Briefing brought together 170 actors from international organisations, ACP embassies, the European Commission, African farmers’ representations and civil society.

European Parliament
-5 December/8 December: Committee Meetings (Brussels)
European Council
-8/9 December: Meeting of the heads of state and government (Brussels)
Council of Ministers
-5 December: General Affairs Council
-7 December: Coreper I
European Commission
-7 December: Weekly meeting of the college

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His Excellency Patrick I. Gomes is Guyana's ambassador to the European Union. In this video, ambassador Gomes speaks about the EU's decision to phase out the sugar quotas for ACP sugar exporters by 2015 as part of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. He points to the reasons that speak for an extension of the sugar quotas until 2020 and shows his cautious optimism that pressure by Hungary, France, other national delegations as well as the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture may bring about an extension.

After three days of discussion at Busan, donors and recipients have agreed to establish a new global aid partnership.  The aim of this declaration is to find more effective ways to spend funding for development.  NGOs complain that the declaration is just a roadmap lacking binding commitments.

The disbursement of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) will only become possible after the establishment of a date and the conduct of legislative elections followed by the constitution of a new National Assembly which represents all the political “tendencies” of the country, said the head of the European Union delegation in Guinea. […] In a press conference, the head of the delegation Philippe Van Damme gave a long speech about the partnership between Guinea and the European Union and about the perspectives of the 10th EDF which is currently discussed.

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