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Friday, 21 September 2018

ACP Secretariat

26 January: SC on Development Finance Cooperation
26 January: Incoming and outgoing Bureaux of the Committee of Ambassadors
29 January: SC on Political, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs

Presidency of the Council of the EU

28 January (Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA)): Presidency Conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework

Council of the EU

25 January: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
27 January: Coreper I
27 January: Coreper II

European Parliament

25 January: European Parliament Committee Meetings
28 January: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Commission

25 January: Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas: JRC-EASAC report launch
25 January: Public sector goes circular
25 January: Workshop with the space industry on access to finance
25 - 26 January: Business Innovation Observatory conference: Disrupting the future
26 - 28 January (Ispra, Italy): Mapping and assessment of ecosystem services in enlargement countries
26 - 28 January: Designing the path: a strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation
28 January: Managing and promoting sustainable and accessible tourism destinations
28 - 29 January (Seville, Spain): Pilot peer-review workshop on integrated sustainable urban development strategies

Committee of the Regions

26 January: European innovation ecosystems: Good governance and effective support for smart specialisation

Other events

25 January: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - "Benefit sharing in REDD+"
27 January: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - The impact of El Niño on the livelihoods of vulnerable communities

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We are looking for a motivated and dynamic blogger or journalist interested in policy development issues with a focus on trade and agribusiness between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). The job implies monitoring news, writing articles and conducting interviews of the major players in agricultural policy issues in Brussels and ACP regions.

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 partnership between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group needs to change to remain relevant after 2020. The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) has released an independent political economy analysis study looking at the partnership that links 79 ACP countries with the EU, and mobilizes a large development budget of 30.5 billion euros. The current partnership is over 40 years old, and is underpinned by the legally binding Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), which will expire in 2020. “Discussions on the future of the EU-ACP partnership beyond 2020 are currently in full swing, and the stakes are high.

The farming sector will receive 24 billion ariary of aid for this year, in the form of a grant offered to the Malagasy State by the French Development Agency (AFD) within the framework of the project to improve agricultural productivity in Madagascar (PAPAM). The agreement between the AFD and the Ministry of Finance and Budget was signed yesterday morning. The services will be spread over four years and will range from advice to the construction of hydro-agricultural infrastructures. They are supplied by means of the Centre for Agricultural Services and the Regional Funds for Agricultural Development (CSA/FRDA).

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