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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
European Parliament (Brussels):
- 14 – 17 December: Plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels, Copenhagen):
- 14 – 18 December: United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen)
- 14 – 16 December: Agriculture and Fisheries Council; Integration of New Arrivals-Incentives and Work in Focus; Informal EU meeting of foreign ministry Directors-General responsible for international cultural promotion
- 17 – 18 December: Transport and Telecom Council
- 15, 18 December: Political and Security Committee (PSC)
- 16 December: Coreper I
- 17 December: Coreper II

ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
- 14 December: Management meeting; ACP-EC Joint Thematic Group I; ACP-EC Joint Thematic Group II
- 15 December: PAHD Department; W/G on Fisheries
- 15 – 17 December: ACP Films and ACP Cultures – 1st Stakeholders meeting
- 17 December: PAHD Department; ACP Committee of Ambassadors meeting – 2nd Revision of the Cotonou Agreement; Committee of Ambassadors
- 18 December: SADC Senior Officials; PPM Meeting

SOS Faim (4 rue aux Laines, 1000 Brussels):
- 17 December: Conference of the magazine “Défis Sud”

Albert Borschette Conference center (Brussels)
18 December: Information session (Questions & Answers) about the first call for proposals of the Second Energy Facility

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage
Mr Eric Thys, expert at Be-troplive, is our special guest this week. Be-troplive is an informal and multidisciplinary Belgian platform on tropical animal health and production, which is open to institutional or individual members involved in tropical animal health and production activities. Members are Belgian academic institutions and research institutes, Belgian development organisations, NGO's and study bureau's, Belgian government and parastatal services involved in development in general, and tropical animal health and production in particular and Individuals involved in tropical animal health and production activities, having worked for a project or organisation with a clear link to Belgium.
Spain unveiled on Tuesday (8th December) its priorities for its six-month stint at the EU's helm during the first half of 2010. Spain will be the first country to take the rotating presidency since the nomination of a permanent EU president and a High Representative for Foreign Affairs. "Spain will create precedents", said Diego López Garrido, Spanish Secretary of State for EU Affairs, speaking at a public event in Brussels organised by the European Policy Centre, a think-tank. López Garrido, an experienced politician who represented his country at the convention in charge of drafting the now-defunct EU Constitution, said that his country's EU presidency will be "very particular", as it marks the transition "from the old Nice model to the new Lisbon Treaty era". He also stressed that Spain had coordinated its work programme with Belgium and Hungary, the next two countries to assume the rotating EU presidency, in the format of the so-called 'trio of presidencies" The three countries adopted a common programme for the next 18 months on 7 December, in the framework of the General Affairs Council, he said.
The European Union has informed the East African Community (EAC) that the failure or delay in signing the Economic Partnership Agreement would lead to taxes on the exports of the EAC-member states. In a recent release by the EU Delegation in Nairobi said that failure to finalise the EPA process could lead to putting non-Least Developed Countries such as Kenya on the Generalised System of Preferences list. According to the statement, some of the key export products particularly from Kenya would attract re-introduction or increase in tariffs. The EPA was supposed to be concluded by July 31, 2009-but missed the deadline due to lack of consensus on rules of origin-most favoured a clause on agriculture, trade in services and sustainable development.
On Friday 4 December representatives of the Swedish Presidency and the European Commission held consultations with the Ambassadors to Brussels of the 78 ACP countries. This was the most recent in a series of such meetings held during the Swedish Presidency, and the last one before the Copenhagen Conference. The main objective of the meeting was to identify key issues and areas where the EU and the ACP countries-together an alliance of 105 states-share interests and should work together during and after the Copenhagen Conference. The EU side-Ola Sohlström, Chair of the Council's ACP Working Party, and Stefano Manservisi, Director General for Development in the European Commission-outlined the EU's main objectives and priorities going into the negotiations. This was followed by a constructive debate during which ACP Ambassadors, chaired by the Malawi Ambassador HE Brave Ndisale, stressed the need for an ambitious outcome and one that allowed immediate action.
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