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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Sugar Ministers and senior officials from 27 African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries who attended the 13th African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Sugar Ministerial meeting in Sigatoka on Monday 14 October 2013 were keen to maintain their preferential access to the European Union and an extension of the EU's present quota system. They expressed their disappointment in the European Union’s (EU) decision to not extend the quota to the end of the decade.

A large amount of European Parliamentarians recently endorsed the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA). This protocol supports sustainable fishing in Mauritania, and specifically protects the interests of over 30 000 fishermen’s livelihood: the fishing of octopus. This sustainability protects the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Mauritania from European Union (EU) interests.

A Pacific Trade delegation was in Brussels from 21 October to discuss the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). However, negotiations endured another blow, with reports of a meeting between the Pacific Trade delegation in Brussels and the European Union (EU) Commissioner Karel de Gucht not going ahead as scheduled.

The Council and the European Parliament reached political agreement ad referendum on transitional measures for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2014 in an informal inter-institutional meeting in Strasbourg on the 23 October 2013. The main elements of this agreement were discussed in an informal trilogue on this issue held in Brussels on 17 October.

The European Parliament called on the Commission to strengthen the EU's trading rights and interests both within the WTO and in bilateral agreements, in Strasbourg, on Wednesday 23 October. Currently, in the absence of horizontal legislation for the handling of disputes, all litigation decisions are handled on a case by case basis, which is very slow and not dissuasive to trading partners who do not fulfill their contractual obligations, according to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).