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Thursday, 05 May 2016

The EU has been at the forefront of efforts to define and implement the concept of policy coherence for development (PCD) in recent years. A range of instruments has been established to promote the inclusion of development issues in all EU policies.The workshop offered a platform for a lively debate among practitioners and researchers about the achievements of the EU in practice, the potential of recent reforms such as the better regulation package, and the lessons learnt from PCD effortssteered by the OECD at international level.

Commission’s decisions are based on the EU's 'IUU Regulation', which entered into force in 2010. This key instrument in the fight against illegal fishing ensures that only fisheries products that have been certified as legal can access the EU market. Since November 2012 the Commission has been in formal dialogue with several third countries (pre-identification or "yellow card"), which have been warned of the need to take strong action to fight IUU fishing. In case of significant progress, the Commission can end the dialogue (lifting the pre-identification status or "green card").

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Ghana cannot sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) alone unless it goes together with the rest of ECOWAS member states, a trade expert told the Graphic Business on condition of anonymity. This is because ECOWAS has a standing agreement with the European Commission (EC) which mandates member states to sign the EPAs as a bloc, rather than doing so as individual countries. “Because of that binding agreement between ECOWAS and the European Commission, even if Ghana is willing to sign, it cannot do so because that agreement does not allow that.

Trinidad and Tobago is at risk of being sanctioned by the European Union (EU) for being uncooperative in the fight against illegal fishing, and has been given six months to address the problems. Failure to do so could see fisheries products from the country banned from entering the EU. The twin-island republic was among three countries warned yesterday by the European Commission – the others being Kiribati and Sierra Leone – and given “yellow cards”, which indicate they will be listed as uncooperative in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing if certain steps are not taken.

Ministers representing African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will take key decisions when they gather next week in Dakar, Senegal to address sustainable economic development, trade and political issues in ACP countries. The Prime Minister of Senegal H.E. Mohammed Dionne will open the 103rd session of the ACP Council of Ministers on Tuesday 26th April. The three day programme from 25th to 27th April, will include preparatory meetings of the Development Finance Committee, ministerial consultations on commodities (sugar, cotton, bananas), and the plenary session chaired by the Minister of Planning and Integration of the Republic of Congo H.E Leon Raphaël Mokoko.

The European Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, is going to Senegal for the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) and the EU, which will be held in Dakar on 28 and 29 April 2016. Following last year's 40th anniversary of relations between the ACP and the EU, this year marks the beginning of discussions and work in preparation for negotiations on the possible continuation of these relations after 2020 when the current said Agreement that regulates relations between the two parties expires.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

On 16 April 2016, a High Level Dialogue (HLD) meeting on migration was held in Accra between Ghana and the European Union (EU). Ms Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana and Mr Prosper D.K. Bani, Minister for the Interior, met Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, who was visiting Ghana on behalf of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini. The EU and Ghana have long-standing political, cooperation and trade relations framed by the agreements between the EU and the ACP countries.

The European Commission and the World Bank Group signed a Framework Agreement on Friday, 15 April 2016, to further their cooperation on the implementation of development projects across the globe. This agreement sets the terms under which the World Bank will disburse EU budget money on development projects on the ground. With this agreement, we're upgrading the strategic partnership between the European Commission and the World Bank to fight poverty around the world. We can accelerate delivery of our funds and increase the transparency of our joint projects for the benefit of people in the developing countries said European Commission Vice-President, Kristalina Georgieva, at the signing ceremony.

The EU is the world’s leading humanitarian aid donor. Together, the European Commission
and the Member States provide a major proportion of global funding for emergency relief. The
Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) is the EU’s principal actor in the field, funding relief operations implemented through different partners (nongovernmental organisations, UN agencies and international organisations) and coordinating Member States’ policies and activities. ECHO also supports effective humanitarian work across the globe.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future needs – whether on food production, health or the preservation of the environment. But transforming the dominant agricultural model could be the greatest challenge of all. Last year the United Nations adopted its post-2015 agenda, setting out 17 Sustainable Development Goals to tackle contemporary global challenges by 2030. The goals span the whole range of policy areas, from rural poverty to global hunger, climate resilience, and population growth. Nine of them are directly or indirectly connected with farming, conferring a special multi-dimensional status to agriculture.