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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Due to the suspension of activity of several EU and ACP institutions in Brussels for the summer holiday, we will briefly halt the publication of news and the distribution of our weekly newsletter. 
We will resume our regular publications 20 August 2013.

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Enjoy your summer holidays.

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In an interview with CTA Brussels following the Brussels Briefing on "Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system" - held in Brussels on 15th May 2013 -, Marie-Paule Rizo, Head of the Industrial Design and Geographical Indications Law Section at WIPO (The World Intellectual Property Organization) highlighted the key elements for establishing a successful scheme for protecting geographical indications and traditional products.

During his visit in Namibia on 17 July, the European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, requested an improved offer from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) negotiating team that he could present to EU member states in order to be able to move closer to finalization the protracted negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

African regions should refrain from signing the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU until the next Africa-EU Summit, scheduled for April 2014 – this was the decision reached at the beginning of August in Libreville (Tanzania), during an EPA Negotiations Coordination Meeting organized by the African Union (AU), according to Tanzania’s ambassador to the EU, Dr. Diodorus Kamala - as cited by the Daily News Online from Tanzania.

A row is brewing between Kenya's new government and her regional East African Community (EAC) counterparts over its readiness to sign the European Union's Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs), the electronic version of AllAfrica informed on July 26.

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