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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Next Brussels Briefing – Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnershipsThe next Brussels Development Briefing n.41 on the subject of “Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships” will be held in Brussels on 20th May 2015 at 09.00-13.00 (followed by lunch from 13.00) at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Bruxelles, Room C). Key speakers include the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, the European Commission, succesfull African cases, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and more to be confirmed shortly. Online registration required : http://brusselsbriefing.net/ 

European Parliament

04-05 May: Foreign Affairs Committee

04-05 May: regional Affairs Committee

04-05 May: Agriculture Committee

06-07 May: Fisheries Committee

06-07 May: Development Committee

06-07 May: International Trade Committee

06-07 May: Internal Market and Consumer Protection


Council of the EU

07 May: Foreign Affairs Council


CTA Brussels Briefing

20 May: Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships

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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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Delegations from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) met on April 22, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for the third Joint Committee meeting to discuss improving their existing Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  The two sides exchanged views on possible new approaches in a number of areas pertaining to rules of origin and trade facilitation. The FTA between EFTA and SACU has been in  since May 1, 2008. Total EFTA-SACU merchandise trade (import and exports) was valued at USD2bn in 2014. The EFTA States exported goods to the value of USD0.9bn to the SACU States while imports amounted to USD1.1bn. However, as both sides sign more ambitious agreements with other trading partners it as especially important to consider current state of play and future aspirations of the two regional blocs.

Eszter Hidas, EU Policy Officer for WWF Smart Fishing Initiative’s Illegal Fishing project says that the EU has a great responsibility to demonstrate legal and sustainable seafood supply chains to its consumers. The EU should also ensure that its access to abundant seafood -  25% of the world’s seafood, almost 70% of which is imported into the EU means that the EU is the world’s largest seafood market - does not rob more vulnerable communities, of their own. IUU fish products currently cost between €9-21 billion annually, representing 11 to 26 million tonnes, or approximately 15 %, of world catches. Since EU illegal fishing regulation (IUU) entered into force in January 2010, the EU has been at the forefront of global efforts to address IUU fishing.

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