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Newsletter 208

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Sunday, 26 May 2019
The 16th Brussels Development Briefing will be on "Population growth and its implications for ACP rural development" and will take place on Wednesday 27th January 2010 from 8h30 to 13h00 at European Commission, Building Borschette, - Rue Froissart, 36, Room 1D. 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 27th January 2010 and will discuss the current state and future projections on population growth at global and regional levels and the main issues/challenges involved from a development perspective. We will also discuss future Policy responses to address the identified challenges. You can view the programme at http://brusselsbriefings.net. For registration please contact: boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int

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European Parliament (Brussels):
- 25th January: Subcommittee on Human Rights Hearing and Committee on Development: Humanitarian situation in Haiti.
- 25-28th January: Spanish ministers address European Parliament committees
- 26th-28th January: 19th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

EU Presidency (Brussels and Madrid):
- 25th January: Council of General Affairs
- 25-26th January: Council of Foreign Affairs Council
- 25-27th January: High-level European conference on biodiversity after 2010 (Madrid)
- 27th January: Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I and COREPER II)
- 27th January : Meeting of African Director Generals (Madrid)

ACP Secretariat (Brussels) :
- 25th January: Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA)
- 26th-28th January: 19th session of the  JPA (at the European Parliament)
- 29th January: 1st meeting of the Steering Committee of the Intra-ACP Migration Facility; EDULINK Evaluation Programme; ACP Fish II Steering Committee

Briefing CTA (Brussels):
- 27th January (8h30-13h00): 16th Brussels Development Briefing on Population growth and its implications for ACP rural development -European Commission, Building Borschette, - Rue Froissart, 36, Room 1D (boto@cta.int)

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

Laura Sullivan  is our guest this week. She is responsible for the European policy and Campaigns in Brussels for ActionAid International. On the occasion of her participation to the Brussels Development Briefing on food crisis in ACP countries, Ms Sullivan explained her views on the subject, on the role of women and the small-scale farmers and the need to invest in their empowerment. She also touches upon trade policies and liberalisation approaches not always compatible with development.
Monday, 25 January 2010
According to a recent French research, existing studies on the impact of biofuels on greenhouse gas emissions are not sufficiently consistent to serve as a basis for policy making, as percentages of a biofuel's negative or positive impact vary a lot depending on factors such as the crop and zone of production. The research, compiled by French environmental consultancy BeCitizen external, analysed existing methodologies to calculate the impact of indirect land use change on greenhouse gas emissions, and highlights major discrepancies when they are applied to different biofuel production processes. As a result, more in-depth studies are necessary to develop a robust methodology for calculating indirect land-use change caused by EU biofuel production, concluded the review, and it would therefore be "risky" to use current methods as a basis for policy making.
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