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Newsletter 191

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Friday, 22 February 2019


Dear Reader,
We are launching the newly designed http://brussels.cta.int this week. 
The first Weblog Newsletter was launched in November 2004 featuring daily news service online and a weekly Newsletter on the main issues and events of importance for the ACP-EU development.
This service has today more than 5000 readers in French and English and 380 Newsletters sent so far. The daily online news service is followed by more than 14000 unique visitors per month.

On the basis of the feedbacks that we have been receiving over the past 4 years from you, our visitors, the site has been re-designed and we have tried to make it more user-friendly for you.
The new features include:
- a section where an invitee per week will comment some of the most burning development issues discussed in Brussels.
- a signpost for sharing, e-mailing and printing an article, links to the source for each news item.
- news categorised by thematic groups:  you can now find information by themes much more easily than before.
- an advanced search option that will allow user to do specific thematic search.
- an archive, where news are stored by months of the year.
- links to the Brussels Development Briefings and to the EC, ACP and other Brussels-based websites.
- subscription to RSS feeds.
Other features, such as the daily updated calendar of events, remain.
We thank you for your interest on this information tool and appreciate your feedback.
The Weblog team


European Parliament (Strasbourg):
- 14-17 September: plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 13-15 September: Informal Meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers -
- 14-15 September: General Affairs and External Relations Council
- 15 September: ACP Working Party (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific)
- 16 September: Coreper I-II; Working Party Humanitarian and Food Aid; Africa Working Party
- 17 September: Informal European Council; Working Party on Development Cooperation

ACP Secretariat:
- 15 September: World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
- 16 September: Information Day-European Joint Research Centre
- 18 September: ACP-EC negotiating meeting of Group II – Revision Cotonou Agreement

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/

Friday, 11 September 2009
The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held in Brussels on 23rd September 2009 from 8h30 to 13h00 on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” (Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Room 1D). This Briefing will discuss the effects of the financial and food crisis on enterprises in developing countries and also the opportunities this can provide to link local SMEs to global economies. Experts will also discuss investment programmes needed to support SMEs in order to promote growth and investments, upgrade and upscale SMEs to reach regional and exports markets. This session will also share concrete examples of SMEs being successful by boosting innovation and technology, processing, value-addition, infrastructure upgrading.

The 2959th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 7 September 2009 took note of the request made by Poland, supported by Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Austria, Slovakia and Finland, inviting the Commission to take concrete measures aimed at stabilising the cereals market. Poland suggested a number of new possible intervention instruments and the rapid use of existing ones under EC legislation.

The 2959th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 7 September 2009 took note of the report from the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry presented by the Commission. The report issued in March contained thirty recommendations and a 'roadmap of key initiatives' was endorsed in July to implement them.
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