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Sunday, 22 October 2017

European Parliament

2 March: Foreign Affairs Committee

European Commission

2-6 March: European Shipping week

3 March: International Conference on Ebola

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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.

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The Council of the EU approved the political agreement between institutions on the implementation of the landing obligation for fisheries. Also known as the "omnibus regulation", the text is in-line with the central objective of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP): the progressive elimination of discards in all EU fisheries through the introduction of an obligation to land all catches. The final text will be on the agenda of the European Parliament and the Council for its adoption. The  landing obligation aims to curb wasteful practice of discarding unwanted catch and promote smarter fishing methods which reduce unwanted catch in the first place.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Spain will be releasing its new strategy on refundable aid for 2015-16. The Fund for Development Promotion — Fonprode — was set up in 2011 to allocate development loans and equity investments and has disbursed up to 290 million euros ($329.9 million) to multilateral institutions. As the Spanish economy was among those hardest hit by the global financial crisis, the Fonprode budget shall be reduced to 67 million euros, compared to the initial proposal of 125 million euros.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Gambia Social Forum organized a stakeholder meeting to discuss the impact of the signing the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on West African countries. Gambia is among the five countries who have not yet signed the EPA. Mr. Amadou Taal, the chairperson of the session, highlighted the main objectives of the EPA, which is said to lead countries to higher levels of development. He did note, "When you liberalise your trade, the market will have to compete with EU markets. The competition will not be fair for the African countries because those companies in Europe have more experience and enjoy subsidies from their governments."  

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