15 members of European Parliament delegation to the UN climate summit (COP 17) begin their programme in Durban, South Africa. According to the delegation Chair, Jo Leinen (S&D, DE), this week is crucial "in laying these vital building blocks towards a binding international deal."
In response to the last political developments in Madagascar, EU’s position changes before the country. Though under some conditions, the EU will support transition in Magadascar as well as boost progressive development cooperation therein.
While key farmers’ organizations voice criticism of the European Commission´s commitment to fostering a greener Common Agricultural Policy (PAC), organic producers welcome proposed changes as they think these are positive steps toward more sustainable farming practices. The proposals would use 30% of direct payments -first pillar of the CAP-, to promote conservation measures.
The European Commission will unveil soon its proposals for a new maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) which is expected to amount a subsidy package of € 6.7bn. The EMFF will be then used to fund and ease in the common fisheries. This announcement comes ahead of what is expected to be a damning European Court of Auditors report, to be released on 12 December, and which is expected to be extremely critical of the current EU CFP.
The new Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) was one of the key items discussed at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November. The Briefing brought together 170 actors from international organisations, ACP embassies, the European Commission, African farmers’ representations and civil society.