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Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Dear reader,

Thank you for visiting our CTA Weblog and reading the weekly Newsletter! Many of the activities in the EU and ACP offices in Brussels will soon be suspended as staff goes on summer vacation. We will therefore briefly halt the publication of news on the weblog and the distribution of the weekly Newsletter. However, these activities will resume on 25 August 2009.

We wish you a nice summer holiday!

The CTA Weblog team
Today, the European Commission launched a call for proposals entirely dedicated to research for Africa. Africa continues to face serious challenges to sustain its development and research can develop solutions. This special initiative for Africa will address some of the science and technology objectives included in the EU-Africa Strategic Partnership agreed on by the European Commission and the African Union Commission in December 2007. Up to €63 million will be allocated to research projects in 2010 aiming to improve health conditions, and water and food security in Africa. Supported research activities will involve African partners, with the aim to strengthen Africa's research base.
Source: European Commission
Today, the European Commission launched "The ocean of tomorrow" call for research proposals. Oceans cover about 70% of the Earth's surface, but human activity is increasing environmental pressure on them. This is threatening both marine ecosystems and sustainable maritime activities. The objective of this call for proposals is to help us understand how arctic and marine ecosystems respond to a combination of natural and human-induced factors. This should provide a scientific basis for sustainable management measures, supporting policies and possible related technologies. Up to €34 million will be allocated to large multidisciplinary research projects involving partners from different countries and research fields. It is a concrete example of the cross-thematic approach recommended by the European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research, adopted in September 2008.
Source: European Commission
The European Union and Papua New Guinea signed today the interim Economic Partnership Agreement which was first initialled at the end of 2007. Fiji also initialled the Agreement in 2007 but decided to sign at a later stage. The agreement focuses on trade in goods and includes important provisions on rules of origin for the fisheries sector. The agreement was signed today by EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton on behalf of the European Commission, Mr Anders Ahnlid, Director General for Trade, on behalf of the Swedish Presidency of the EU and The Hon. Samuel Abal, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration on behalf of Papua New Guinea.
Source: European Commission
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is calling for a more effective and active EU role in the regional integration of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in order to aid their development. With these countries hard put to defend their economic and social interests in the teeth of globalisation, the EESC is encouraging regional integration as a means of capitalising on the benefits of the phenomenon while steering clear of its drawbacks.
Source: EECS
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