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Friday, 15 December 2017

Parliament aimed for a 2012 budget for growth, employment and innovation in the Union and for supporting development and democracy in neighbouring countries, when it voted its position on next year's budget on Wednesday. While MEPs propose to augment the funding for border protection, they are less ambitious on the "EU as a global player".

Friday, 28 October 2011

Africa’s top trade negotiator, Elizabeth Tankeu, the Trade Commissioner at the African Union (AU), has died aged 67, while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Paris, France, the AU said Monday. The AU Commission announced its flag was flying at half-mast in honour of the late trade and industry commissioner, whose tough stance against unfair trade deals saw a more assertive Africa take on the rest of the world in a hunt for a better trading deal.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

The meeting of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee which took place in Strasbourg on 20 October 2011 allowed for an exchange of views between MEPs and Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos about the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Commissioner Ciolos underlined his determination to cap the payment given to large agro-enterprises. “What we wish for is to have more coherence, more transparency and more clarity and justification of the way in which the payments will be attributed,” he added.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

In 2011, in the context of the Arab Spring and the international economic crisis, the development of Southern countries takes a new dimension which transcends the duty of solidarity. Development policy today is an essential macroeconomic support to solve crises and to bring about a more prosperous and stable world. To bring about equitable and long-term growth, an upright cooperation between developed countries, emerging countries and developing countries is necessary.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

European Parliament
-24-27 October: Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
European Council

- 26 October: European Council
Council of Ministers
-27/28 October: Justice and Home Affairs Council
ACP Group

-25 October: Committee of Ambassadors
-26 October: W/G on the Future Perspectives of the ACP group
Polish EU Presidency

-25/26 October: European Migration Network Conference

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The ACP and LDC cane sugar suppliers express their profound concern and dismay at the Commission’s proposals in respect of the elimination of sugar quotas in the context of the CAP reform announced on 12 October 2011.

Friday, 21 October 2011

In a background note, the European Commission gives information about the new EU development policy. Commissioner Andris Piebalgs had presented the policy to the media last week. NGOs have commented the proposal critically.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

In Malawi, agriculture accounts for 36% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 90% of foreign export earnings and employs 87% of the population. However, to reach the goal of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy of transforming Malawi from a predominately importing and consuming to a producing and exporting country, some important challenges need to be addressed. The European Commission therefore implemented the Farm Income Diversification Programme.

Overall, the EU and Africa agree: it is essential to find a means to give the upcoming Durban conference enough impulse to keep the process of negotiation on climate change going. Both parties also agree on promoting strong cooperation between the EU and Africa in areas such as peace, security and economic development, which are all linked, in one way or another, to climate change. The high-level round-table organised in Brussels, on 14 October, by the European Commission gathered the representatives and experts of the EU (27 member states) and of the African Union (24 member states).

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

MEPs are split on the performance of the external action service (EAS) in the first year of its operation. They are equally divided on how the person who heads the service, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, has performed in her high-profile role. The service was set up by the Lisbon treaty to give the EU a "voice" on the world stage and supports 7000 diplomats in 130 overseas missions.