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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

11 July: Brussels Briefing "Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development"

8 July: Working Group on the Future Perspectives of the ACP Group
9 -10  July: Meeting of experts on trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants in the context of the ACP-EU
10 July: Annual visit of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors and ACP Secretariat to EIB
11 July: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
11 July: Working Group on the preparation of the 8th ACP Summit

European Commission:
9 July: Stakeholder conference Horizon 2020: Public-private innovation partnerships launch calls

Council of the European Union
7 July: 1488th Special Committee on Agriculture
8 July: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin)

European Parliament:
7 July: Constituent Meetings European Parliament Committees

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The next Brussels Development Briefing on 'Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development', will be held during the morning of Friday 11 July 2014, at Borschette in Brussels. This 37th Briefing is taking place in the context of 2104 as the year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa).
Register online at: http://brusselsbriefings.net

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The president of Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific ocean, recently purchased eight square miles of land about 1,200 miles away on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island. Like other Pacific Island nations, including Tuvalu and the Maldives, Kiribati is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change — especially sea level rise. In certain areas around these islands sea level is rising by 1.2 centimeters a year, about four times more than the global average. Within decades significant chunks risk submersion. Kiribati president Anote Tong is well aware of this, saying of the purchase, “we would hope not to put everyone on [this] one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it.”

THE terms of the economic partnership agreement that Southern African Development Community countries have negotiated with the European Union (EU) are an improvement on South Africa’s bilateral agreement with the EU, says international trade and economic development director-general Xavier Carim. Some matters were yet to be finalised but the bulk of the thorny issues that have delayed finalisation of the talks have been resolved, he said on Tuesday. Outstanding issues in the tough negotiations, which have lasted about seven years, include agricultural safeguards, final wording on export taxes and geographic indicators. Mr Carim was hopeful that these could be finalised in the next few weeks.

All 14 European Parliament Vice-Presidents were elected in three rounds of voting on Tuesday afternoon, according to an EP statement. Vice-Presidents can replace the President in performing his duties when necessary, including chairing plenary sittings. They are also members of the European Parliament Bureau. The Bureau is the body that lays down rules for Parliament. It draws up Parliament's preliminary draft budget and decides administrative, staff and organisational matters.

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