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Thursday, 20 September 2018

European Parliament
-17/18 September :  Committee on International Trade
-17/18 September :  Committee on Development
-17/18 September :  Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
-17/18 September :  Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
-19 September :  Committee on Foreign Affairs          
-19 September :  Committee on Fisheries
Council of Ministers
- 17 September: Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers (Nicosia)
- 18 September: Political and Security Committee (PSC)(Brussels)
- 19 September: COREPER I
- 19 September: COREPER II
- 20 September: Informal Trip COREPER I (Pafos)
ACP Group
- 17 September: Management meeting
- 18/21 September: 29th Session of the ACP PA and Inter-sessional meetings of the ACP-EU Joint PA
 Research events
- 20/21 September: 2012 Green Growth Investment Forum (GGIF) (Saint Lucia)

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Last week, we published part one of the CTA Brussels Office interview with HE Roy Mickey Joy, Vanuatu’s ambassador to the EU. In that, he gave us his impressions on the most recent and future developments that are necessary at the ACP Group Level.  In the second part of this interview he delves into the impacts on Vanuatu becoming the 157th member of the WTO.

As we have been announcing, the next Brussels Development Briefing  will  focus on ‘Climate change, agriculture and food security: proven approaches and new investments’.
It will address issues related to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, and how agriculture can increase resilience to climate change effects. In particular, it will: (i) raise awareness in ACP countries on the key challenges posed to agriculture by climate changes; (ii) increase exchange of information and expertise on strategies to develop climate-smart agriculture and proven successes; and (iii) facilitate networking among development partners.
The briefing, wich will be held on 27 September, 2012, will be organized in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
Around 120 ACP-EU policy-makers and representatives of EU Member States, civil society groups, research networks and development practitioners, and international organizations based in Brussels.

You can register at brusselsbriefings.net

The 2012 Green Growth Investment Forum (GGIF) will finally take place on 20-21 September 2012 at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Saint Lucia. The meeting will be jointly hosted by the ECS Mission and the OECS Secretariat.Building on the last year’s GGIF and the Rio+20 Summit, the ECS Mission in collaboration with the OECS Secretariat’s Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, the ACP-EU Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CDE proposes to organise a Meeting of Experts to look closely at the proposals coming out of the Forum and to propose an action plan.

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This week, the European Parliament was scheduled to vote on whether to amend Council Regulation (EC) 1528/2007 – a move that could lead to a number of ACP countries losing duty- and quota-free access to European markets. The debate followed a proposal by the European Commission that members of the ACP Group negotiating EPAs with the EU be required to conclude these before 1 January 2014. In favour of the ACP and responding to outspoken discontent within the group, MEPs voted for the 2014 deadline for the ratification of the EPAs to be extended until 2016.

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