Under the Polish Presidency, an informal meeting of EU ministers in charge of development took place in Sopot on 14th-15th July. Ministers discussed the shape of financial instruments of the EU’s external policy after 2013, development policy towards Central Asia and the Pacific, joint programming and preparations to the Fourth High Level Forum on Effective Assistance in Busan (29th Novmeber -1st December).
The Council of Ministers has approved two new fisheries agreements with Seychelles and São Tomé and Príncipe. The agreements allow EU vessels to catch up to 7000 tons per year in São Tomé’s waters and 52000 tons per year in Seychelles’ waters until 2014.
We are happy to invite you to our next Brussels Development Briefing . It will be held on the 14 September 2011 in Brussels and focus on the “Rural transformation agenda in Africa”. Among our speakers, we are pleased to receive the CEO of NEPAD, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, and Prof Peter Hazell from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.
Council of Ministers
-18 July: Foreign Affairs Council
-18/19 July: General Affairs Council
-19 July: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
-13 July: Weekly meeting of the college
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Can one not be forgiven for having a feeling of déjà vu? Zimbabwe and the European Union are set to reactivate dialogue expected to explore ways of normalising relations between the two sides that soured in the last decade after Zimbabwe embarked on its land reform programme to address colonial land ownership imbalances.