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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

European Parliament
-20-22 March: Committee on Foreign Affairs
Council of Ministers
-21 March: COREPER I
-21 March: COREPER II
-19-20 March: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
ACP Group
-19  March: Committee on Political Affairs
-19 March: Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
-19 March: Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
Research events
-22 March: EU Budget beyond 2013: which expenditure and which resources?

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What are the main market access problems for pastoralist products? In the course of the last Brussels Briefing, entitled “New challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in ACP countries”, we spoke with Maryam Abeiderrahmane, CEO at Tiviski Dairy, in Mauritania. She explained to us that the beginning of Tiviski was difficult as a result of several factors, including traditional prejudices against selling milk, as well as consumer preferences for imported goods. Notably, she underlines that Mauritania has faced trade barriers when dealing with the EU.

The next Brussels Development Briefing will focus on  “Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities” and take place on April 4th, 2012. It will be organised in partnership with the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
The Briefing will discuss policy options to reduce the vulnerability of small islands economies. We will also discuss some best practices to enhance sustainable development, especially in the context of Rio+20.
Among the speakers confirmed we have: Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under Secretary General and High Representative for the LDCs, Land Locked Developing Countries and SIDS; Professor Lino Briguglio, Director, Islands and Small States Institute; Iosefa Maiava, Head of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Sanjesh Naidu from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Ena Harvey from IICA.
You can follow the updates and register online at brusselsbriefings.

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Monday, 19 March 2012

In the course of a one-day EU-Namibia Political Dialogue, Raul Fuentes, Head of the EU Delegation in Namibia, brought attention to the fact that the EU is Namibia's second most important commercial partner after South Africa, and is well ahead of countries such as China or the United States of America. He also stressed the role of the EU as a  development partner, as it is the leading donor for  education, water and sanitation projects.

The Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a decision which introduces EU refugee resettlement priorities for 2013, as well as new rules on the financial support that the member states receive from EU funds to accommodate refugees from outside the EU in their territories (resettlement). Notably, the amending decision introduces six EU resettlement priorities for 2013, notably including refugees and displaced persons in the Great Lakes Region (Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia),  Somali  refugees in Ethiopia as well as Eritrean displaced people in Eastern Sudan.

The European Commission (EC) seeks more participants of the Caribbean in the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility scheme designed to fund exchanges of students and researchers in ACP countries. Only one proposal has been received so far. “While there was a satisfactorily high level of applications submitted in the first year of selection for Africa, there is nevertheless still a need to achieve a more balanced regional spread among applications for the Caribbean and Pacific regions”, said  the EC spokesperson.

Friday, 16 March 2012

According to recent reports, the EU has given Botswana 26.6 million euro to finance short-term Fluctuations in Export Earnings (FLEX). The minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo said  that this funding  comes under an agreement between  Botswana and the EU for the allocation of supplementary development funds.

The ACP Secretariat has conveyed its deep condolences over the recent death of former Prime Minister of Grenada Hon, George Ignatius Brizan. He served as President of the ACP Council of Ministers and Co-President of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers in 1994, a period which saw the commencement of the Mid-Term Review of the Lomé IV Convention.  He will be laid to rest in a state funeral on 16 March in the Caribbean country’s capital, St George’s.

According to an article published by the ACP Press service, Kenya recently  appealed to the EU to give the East African Community (EAC) states more time to come up with a unified position on trading with Europe under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA). As CTA Brussels was informing several weeks ago, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa noted that there are three options on the table for the EACs to choose from, the first one being Kenya alone to sign the EPA. However it would have a “devastating effect” on the EAC Customs Union. Second and third option option would be  EAC members to sign the EPA or walk away from it. Last week,  Kenyan prime Minister Raila Odinga said the country stood to lose heavily in the current arrangement because all the other EAC states enjoy Least Developed Country (LDC) status, earning their goods duty free access to Europe."We are keen on an arrangement that allows us to negotiate with Europe as a community and not as individual states,” he said.

According to recent reports, East African Community Secretary General, Dr. Richard Sezibera, has stated that the region is committed to successfully completing the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Last week, while receiving letters of credence from Amb. Johnny Flento,  representative of Denmark to the EAC, he made a number of remarks on the EAC-EPA issue. Notably, he stated: "We want EPAs to lead to development of our region and strengthen regional integration”.