In light of the worsening of Guinea-Bissau’s political situation, the Council of the EU has decided to tighten EU sanctions against persons who threaten peace, security or stability in the country. In the midst of the instability, the High representative Catherine Ashton states: “We continue to demand that constitutional order be immediately restored."
Renewed calls for flexibility on trade negotiations between the ACP members and the EU (EU) have echoed from the 23rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Horsens, Denmark. The President of the ACP members, Hon. Musikari Kombo (Kenya), has demanded a withdrawal of the EU proposal to amend market access laws, which would set a deadline for finalising Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) for ACP countries, or else lose duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.
How do Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) need to manage fisheries to maximize efficiency and sustainability across the world's oceans? European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki will soon host a day event in Brussels (1st June, 2012) to discuss this issue. "RFMOs play a key role for sustainable fisheries management worldwide. Dialogue and networking events such as the one I am hosting […] are essential to move our sustainability agenda forward on the international stage", she says.
Taking into account the success of the EU in terms of integration, Carlos Rosado de Carvalho, an Angolan economist, has suggested that the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) should adopt the same functional model. In some discussions with The Angola Press, the economist recalled the EU’s history and its current status as the world's main economic bloc.
The opening ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, took time to recall the state of affairs of several states in Africa. While Louis Michel, Co-President of the Assembly, spoke in particular of the potentially devastating consequences of political instability in Mali for neighbouring states, such as Niger, Mauritania and Senegal, the side effects of the Libyan conflict on both the ACP Group and the EU were also discussed. Addressing the deputies, Mr. Michel also warned that the current crisis in the Sahel region could not be solved without both political and military intervention.