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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

10-11 June: ACP Eminent Persons Group – Regional Consultations – Southern Africa
12 June: Committee of Ambassadors
Council of the EU:
11 June: Coreper I
11 June:  Coreper II
11-12 June: Meeting of the Political and Security Committee (PSC)
12 June: Environment Council  

11 June: Workshop of the Ocean Energy Forum
13 June: Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package - Smart Rules for Safer Food

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The EU is anxious to finalise talks with Africa over a planned Economic Partnership Agreement. If negotiators do not seal the deal by 1 October, preferential access to the EU's internal market will be cut short, putting pressure on African negotiators, who feel their concerns are falling on deaf ears. Talks were originally due to be concluded by 1 January, 2008, but the African side fought more and more determinedly against submitting to negotiations they felt were dominated by the EU.

Friday, 06 June 2014

Prof Dr Rainer Fischer, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME went to Addis Ababa to explore opportunities to deepen cooperation between the EU and Africa on scientific and technological research and development. During their meeting, they  focused on the fields of sustainable biomaterials, sustainable energy and industry, innovative agriculture, vaccines against diseases of poverty, as well as innovative approaches for the discovery of bioactive small molecules using endogenous bioresources. Fraunhofer IME has already taken part to a number of research projects engaging with Africa.

The Commission admitted that the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) is suffering from an excess of 2.1 billion tons. Environmentalists want the EU excutive to publish more information on the matter.  The European Emissions Trading System (ETS) is expected to contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe and to help Member States to achieve their goals in terms of climate. However, at 5 Euros per ton of CO2, the ETS does not really encourage switching from coal to other resources, such as renewable energy or gas.

The workshop committee in charge of monitoring and formulating the implementation of the environmental policy in Senegal was held last week with the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Mor Ngom as Chairman and in the presence of the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Senegal, Dominique Dellicour. The Minister revealed the upcoming signing of an addendum on sustainable agriculture in partnership with the European Union.

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