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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Uganda's potential in fruits and vegetable exports will be showcased this week in Italy's biggest International fair called Macfruit which will take place from May 10 to 12. At least 10 exporting companies all members of the Uganda Fruits and Vegetables Exporters and Producers Association (UFVEPA), are scheduled to participate in the fair. Ms Brenda Opus, Uganda Export Promotion Board's marketing executive said. "It is the only vertical trade fair in Europe representing the entire sector. This trade fair is a platform of business meetings and conferences that will provide Ugandan companies the opportunity to learn more about international quality requirements and new initiatives in the organic sector geared towards a fast growing segment."

The Head of Unit G-2 Wine, Spirits and Horticultural Products of the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission, Joao Onofre Antas Gonçalves, announced last week in Madrid that the Delegated Regulation that includes the new withdrawal compensations wil be published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 May and will enter into force on 1 June; an announcement made in the framework of the day organised by MAPAMA on "The importance in Spain of the Common Organization of Agrarian Markets for the fruit and vegetable sector". The Delegated Regulation, which will be published in the OJEU on 24 May, amends the current Regulation 543/2011, which regulates the specific regime of the fruit and vegetable sector in the Common Organization of Agricultural Markets.

A new strategic partnership between the EU and Africa was launched on 4 May with agriculture one of the main pillars of the new strategy. The agri-food sector is seen as a key area through which the EU can support rural and urban development in Africa.According to a joint paper from the European Commission and the EU's High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, the EU will facilitate investments from the private sector in the African agri-food sector, building on initiatives such as the existing Agriculture Financing Instrument (AgriFI), in order to help boost jobs and address food security.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Council of the EU and European Council

17 May: Coreper II

17 May: Coreper I

15 & 18 & 19 May: Council for Foreign Affairs

European Economic and Social Committee

15 May: Waste to energy in the circular economy

European Parliament

May 15 & 18: Committee meeting

European Commission

18 & 19 May: European Maritime Day Conference: the future of our seas

15 & 16 May: Meetings of the Network of Energy and Management Authorities (EMA)

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The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 49 on “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture” will take place on 18th of May 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be co-organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Concord.