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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Urban environment in Togo, sanitation in Morocco, corporate finance in Côte d’Ivoire, training in Tunisia and the Dominican Republic, local development in Mauritania, water and sanitation in Uganda, food security in West Africa, airports in South Africa…: AFD deploys almost €400m to support sustainable development at its 4 November 2010 Board of Directors meeting.

The Joint Research Initiative of the European Commission has released a collection of reference methods for the detection and analysis of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).The report comprises 79 reference methods which have been validated according to international standards, representing the state of the art in GMO detection.

Negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council on next year's budget were suspended on November 11 after a minority of member states proved unwilling to agree to discussing the way future EU budgets should be financed. In a reaction, EP President Jerzy Buzek said that "Differences still exist between the European Parliament on one side and the Council on the other.

What would happen if farmers could no longer afford to feed their animals? With EU cereal prices at a two-year high due to bad weather and speculation we could face a significant drop in meat production. On November 11  MEPs debated what action the EU can take with Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloș and adopted a resolution calling on the Commission to ensure that the impact of speculation across the agricultural sector will be limited.

While a trade deal between the European Union and Southern African countries is close it will not be concluded before the end of this year. In the meantime, South Africa remains in pursuit of an ambitious regional integration agenda.

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