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Newsletter 199

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

European Parliament (Brussels):
- 9-10 and 12 November: Committee meetings
- 11 November: Political groups meetings
- 11-12 November: Plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 9 November: Eurogroup; Special Committee on Agriculture; Working party on Development Cooperation (CODEV); Africa Working Party (COAFR)
- 10 November: Economic and Financial Affairs Council; ACP Working Party;
- 11 November: Coreper I & II; Codex Alimentarius Working Party; Africa Working Party (COAFR); Meeting between the EU troika and Nigeria;
- 12 November: Coreper II; Ministerial meeting between the EU troika and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society; Working Party on External Fisheries Policy
- 13 November Coreper I; ACP Working Party; Working Party on External Fisheries Policy; Working Party on Foodstuffs

ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
- 10 November: W/G on LDC Sugar
- 11-12 November: Meeting of ACP Senior Trade Officials
- 12-13 November: Meeting of ACP Ministers of Trade

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

Mr Sergi Corbalán, Fair Trade Advocacy Office Coordinator, is our guest. The Fair Trade Advocacy Office speaks out for Fair Trade and trade justice with the aim to improve trading conditions for the benefit of small and marginalised producers and poor workers in developing countries. Based in Brussels, the office coordinates the advocacy activities of the four main Fair Trade Networks: Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, World Fair Trade Organisation, Network of European Worldshops and European Fair Trade Association. Mr. Corbalán introduces the concept of fair trade and presents the work of the Bureau, particularly in Brussels with policy makers in the EU. Fair trade needs to be truly equitable, and therefore fulfil the economic, labor and environmental generators. A better dialogue is essential to improve the link between producers and consumers, who need to understand the value of such trade. The new European Parliament and the forthcoming new European Commission represents an opportunity for new proposals to encourage support fair trade as a tool for development. In this regard, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office has just published the report “Aid for Trade - Is the EU helping small producers to trade their way out of poverty?”.
The post is restricted to nationals from the Eastern Africa Region of the ACP States. CTA is an ACP-EU organisation established under the Lomé Convention, now succeeded by the Cotonou Agreement, between the EU and 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. CTA’s tasks are to develop and provide services that improve access to information for agricultural and rural development, and to strengthen the capacity of ACP countries to produce, acquire, exchange and utilise information in these areas. The Centre is based in Wageningen (The Netherlands). All information and details on the positions are to be found on CTA’s Website: http://www.cta.int.
The report and the Reader prepared for the Briefing on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” held on 23rd September 2009 give a summary of the subject as well as resources and references available online. All the relevant documents from the speakers, the audio and video material (in English and French) on this subject are online at: http://brusselsbriefings.net.
Friday, 06 November 2009
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors have expressed concerns to the European Union on the threats of climate change to the ACP countries, and urged the Europeans to help them combat the threats. The ACP Committee of Ambassadors was given the opportunity to raise their concerns to Swedish Ambassador, H.E Mr. Christian Danielsson, and the Director General for Development of the European Commission, Mr. Stefano Manservisi, in a meeting at the ACP House. Sweden holds the presidency of the EU at present. Besides, climate change, both parties also exchanged views on the recently ratified Lisbon Treaty and its effects on the ACP-EU relations and the global financial and economic crisis.
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