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Thursday, 19 July 2018

European Parliament :
- 21-25 September External Parliamentary Activities

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 21 September: CODEV; Special Committee on Agriculture
- 22 September: ACP Working Party (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific)
- 23 September: Coreper I and II; Codex Alimentarius Working Party
- 24 September: Working Party on Fisheries Policy; CODEV; Agricultural questions

ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
- 21 September: Joint S/C meetings on Political and S/C on Sustainable development
- 22 September: S&T Programme Steering Committee; W/G on Fisheries
- 23 September: S/C on Sustainable Development; Committee of Ambassadors
- 24 September: SADC Meeting; Consultative Group on Sugar

23rd September: “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: what opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?"

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage

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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.
Positive signs emerged from last week’s summit between SA and the European Union at Kleinmond that they could be closer to resolving their differences about an economic partnership agreement (EPA) between the EU and the southern African regional community.The EPA is expected to improve the terms of trade between southern African countries and the EU and strengthen regional integration, in line with the formation of other regional trading blocs. But aligning the interests of economies at different stages of development has proven difficult.
The signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) looks likely to occur in October. Although the negotiations between the European Union and ECOWAS are now less tense, the Senegalese private sector continues to emphasize the need for sticking points to be resolved. That is precisely what the CNP or Conseil National du Patronat (National Employers’ Body) did during talks with members of the European Parliament on Monday 14 September.
Thursday, 17 September 2009

The European Commission today put forward a blueprint for scaling up international finance to help developing countries combat climate change. This initiative aims to maximise the chances of concluding an ambitious global climate change agreement at the December U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen. By 2020 developing countries are likely to face annual costs of around 100 billion to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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