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Friday, 20 July 2018

European Parliament:
- 31 August – 3 September: Committee meetings

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 1st September: Africa Working Party (COAFR)
- 3 September: Coreper II; Development Cooperation (CODEV);
- 4 September: Coreper I
- 5 September: ACP Working Party

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Aid to help banana producers in poor countries improve yields and efficiency could benefit them more than improved access to export markets, according to a new study of trade in the fruit. Exporters in relatively more efficient Latin American countries as well as those in poor former European colonies in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states would benefit from a deal on bananas linked to a global trade agreement rather than a standalone pact, according to the study by economics professor Giovanni Anania of Italy's University of Calabria.

Members of CARIFORUM have made it clear to the European Commission that the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Indicative Programme, signed between the two entities, is inadequate. The 10th EDF Programme they say is insufficient to meaningfully assist the region in building capacity for the European Partnership Agreement (EPA), while developing cooperation and integration processes. Saint Lucia's Minister for Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs Tessa Mangal, who recently represented government at the CARIFORUM/EC Dialogue on Regional Integration and Cooperation, endorses this view.

As of 1 January 2010, the EU will invest  18 million into research that will underpin next generation 4G mobile networks. The European Commission just decided to start the process of funding research on Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced technology, that will offer mobile internet speeds up to a hundred times faster than current 3G networks. LTE is becoming the industry's first choice for next generation mobile networks, also thanks to substantial EU research funding since 2004. 25 years ago, Europe already made the GSM standard the backbone of modern mobile telephony.

A report by a government-appointed expert group in Ireland makes uncomfortable reading for EU policymakers invested in Europe's 'knowledge economy'. Published last month, it questions whether Ireland's investment in science, technology and innovation (STI) is really economically worthwhile and whether producing 20% more PhD students might be counterproductive.

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