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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
A delegation from Italy-based sugar producer Eridania Sadam arrived in Jamaica with what Government sources said were "serious expressions of interest" in acquiring the remaining three state-owned sugar estates being divested by the Jamaican government. The Italians met with Agriculture Minister Christopher Tufton, who, along with Ambassador Derrick Heaven and Robert Levy, made a presentation to them in Rome just over six weeks ago, piquing their interest in investing in Jamaica, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told the Business Observer.
Source: Jamaica Observer
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Over the final 24 hours of the ministerial meeting in Åre, the environment ministers focused on issues in preparation for the climate change negotiations in the autumn. It is now less than five months until the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, where a new agreement will be reached. The EU plays a leading role in the international negotiations and is keen to reach an ambitious climate change agreement in December.
Source: EU Presidency
In recent years the EU has mainstreamed sustainable development into a broad range of its policies. In particular, the EU has taken the lead in the fight against climate change and the promotion of a low-carbon economy. At the same time, unsustainable trends persist in the EU in several areas and the efforts need to be intensified. Three years into the implementation of the EU's Sustainable Development Strategy the Commission has taken stock of developments at EU level and launched a reflection on how the EU strategy could be taken into the future.
Source: European Commission
Fisheries and maritime policy commissioner Joe Borg makes a statement on the integrated maritime policy and review of the common fisheries policy at the European economic and social committee plenary session taking place in Brussels. The world's eight leading industrialised countries promised the sum to assist farmers in developing countries over the next three years, reaching an agreement at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy. The deal was welcomed by some NGOs, who see it as a step forward in rich nations' commitment to increasing agricultural capacity in developing countries and ensuring food security for the world's poorest people. But the announcement also triggered fresh criticism of the EU, which was described as obstructing those aims. EU farm policy is charged with undermining agricultural development in the countries of the global south, whose farmers are struggling to compete with well-subsidised EU agriculture. International faith-based organisations Cidse and Aprodev say an immediate end to export subsidies is necessary because they handicap farmers in developing countries, whilst providing little benefit for European farmers since their reintroduction in January 2009.
Source: Euractiv
Former EU commissioner and newly-elected MEP Louis Michel has castigated parliament as being "overly bureaucratic". Speaking to on his first full day as a deputy, Michel was particularly critical of the assembly's "many procedures, rules and regulations". He said, "I admit that it is only my first day but the impression I get is that this very bureaucratic institution, perhaps even more so than the commission. »You are asked to justify and explain everything, say what you are doing and where you are going and I do not like it. "When you are being told to do this and do that you quickly feel a sense of being harassed. I suppose I will just have to get used to it." Michel, who held the commission's aid and development portfolio for five years, described his commission job as "fascinating" but said he had willingly taken up the seat he won in the European elections.