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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The next Brussels Development Briefing n.40  will be held in Brussels on the 18th February 2015 on “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?” The explosion of digital data offers new technological opportunities for enhancing agricultural development; it has also become a key asset for all economies in the world. By looking at significant trends, approaches and experiences in using open data for food and nutrition security, this Briefing shall shed light on the impacts of the global data revolution for agriculture.

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Main events for the Week: 26/01/2015 – 01/02/2015

European Parliament

26 January: Committee on Foreign Affairs

27 January: Committee on International Trade

27 January: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

30-31 January: Committee on Fisheries

Council of the EU

26 January: Agriculture and Fisheries Council=

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

Trinidad and Tobago nationals shaould be able to travel visa-free to the 26 European countries of the Schengen area as early as March this eyar. The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Trinidad and Tobago issued a press release on bi-lateral talks held between EU officials and ministers of the Government. Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran said “great strides” had taken place. “Minister Dookeran highlighted the great strides made regarding the conclusion of a Short-stay Visa Waiver Agreement with the Schengen countries of Europe, with both sides envisaging the finalisation of the Agreement by the first quarter of 2015,” the EU’s local spokesperson said in the statement.

The relationship between the European Union and Africa is deeply rooted in history, but has long been limited to the sole issues of trade and development cooperation through the Yaoundé and subsequent Lomé partnership agreements between the EU and the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) group of states. More honest discussions of the core interests of both continents is needed. In a multi-polar world where there is an increasing interest to engage with a more attractive African partner, the EU should clearly stress its value added vis-à-vis other potential partners. Europe and Africa still do need each other. 

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