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Friday, 20 July 2018

European Parliament (Brussels):
- 30 November – 3 December: Committee meetings

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 30 November: General Affairs and External Relations Council; Working Parties: Foreign Relations Counsellors (RELEX), Development Cooperation (CODEV), Africa (COAFR)
- 1 December: Political and Security Committee (PSC); Working Parties: International Environment Issues (WPIEI) Biodiversity, Foreign Relations Counsellors (RELEX)
- 2 December: Coreper I; Political and Security Committee (PSC); Working parties: Development Cooperation (CODEV), International Environment Issues (WPIEI) Whaling, Working Party of Agricultural Counsellors/Attachés
- 3 December: Coreper II; Working Parties: External Fisheries Policy; Foreign Relations Counsellors (RELEX)
- 4 December: Political and Security Committee (PSC); Working parties: External Fisheries Policy, Africa (COAFR), ACP, Agricultural Counsellors/Attachés

ACP Secretariat (Brussels, Luanda):
- 30 November: Conciliation meetings on Urgent Motions for Resolutions; Formal opening ceremony of the 18th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
- 30 November – 3 December: Plenary Session of the ACP-EU JPA
- 1 December: African union

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage

Mr. Hegel Goutier, editor of the magazine "The Courier - The Magazine of Africa-Caribbean-Pacific & European Union Relations" is our guest. Mr. Goutier, who has 22 years experience as a journalist specializing in ACP-EU cooperation, present the purpose, content and objectives of the Courrier (available in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese), real media tool between the EU and ACP countries. Mr. Goutier shares with us the challenges ahead for the Courier and for the ACP-EU communication.

Friday, 27 November 2009
CTA in partnership with the European Commission-DG Development and EuropeAid, the EU Presidency, the ACP Secretariat, Euforic, IPS Europe and Concord organizes bimonthly Development Briefings in Brussels to raise awareness on key rural development issues with the development community based in Brussels. The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 9th December  and will discuss "From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity" in the context of the new EC policy on Food security to be released. The Briefing will be looking at the domino effects of increased speculation in food markets (How has the global food and financial crisis affected food production and distribution and the food security of the poorest? Is global food production at risk in the medium and long term and will national food security and food sovereignty be the priority over global food availability?  Is the small-scale farming more effective and resilient in times of crisis in least-developed countries?) and the on what realistic policy options can secure food supply and availability at global and local levels. The meeting will be held on 9th December at Berlaymont from 8h30 to 13h00. You can view outcomes of previous meetings at For registration please contact: or

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It is increasingly recognized that migrants constitute an invaluable resource for development in their home countries. For many developing countries, remittances from overseas migrants exceed development aid and foreign direct investment volumes. But how does migration affect ACP rural development? CTA started discussing this issue during the Brussels Development Briefing on “How does international migration affect ACP rural development?” last 11th December 2008. As a follow up to this event, CTA will coordinate an electronic discussion on “Key challenges on Migration and Rural development for ACP countries”, from mid-November 2009 to February 2010. Key themes such as remittance flows and their contribution to rural development and the role of migrants and Diaspora groups in rural development will be addressed. The discussion will be held in French and English with translation provided by the organisers. For more information or to register for the consultation kindly contact Mrs Leila Rispens-Noel (, coordinator of the e-consultation, or Mrs Isolina Boto (
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