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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Council of the EU

6 January: Coreper II
8 January: Coreper I

European Parliament

21-23 December: European Parliament Committee Meetings

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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 Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, the highest WTO decision-making body, today welcomes the accession of Liberia. Once it has ratified this decision, Liberia will become the 163rd Member of the World Trade Organization. ‘The EU is very pleased to welcome Liberia – our partner in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific group – as a new member of the WTO,’ said EU Trade Commissioner Malmström. ‘This is a clear and tangible demonstration of our joint commitment to integrate the world's least developed countries into the global trading system.’

MEPs and parliamentarians from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries discussed migration, human rights and refugees during the 30th EU-ACP parliamentary assembly in Brussels on Tuesday 8 December. Most agreed that the roots of migration, such as poverty, war and a lack of human right,s need to be addressed while some also warned that we need to prepare for climate refugees.

Growing insecurity, the lack of political moves towards reconciliation and worsening humanitarian conditions in Burundi, a country that tops the Global Hunger Index, are highlighted by MEPs in a resolution voted by a show of hands on Thursday. They welcome consultations under the Cotonou Agreement that could lead to suspension of EU aid to the Burundi government, and ask the EU and its member states to consider re-directing non-humanitarian EU aid to civil society there.

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