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Monday, 24 September 2018

As we informed our readers, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers met last week in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Given the upcoming meeting in Rio, a Joint declaration was issued. While the ministers note with great concern that the adverse impacts of climate change, the loss of biodiversity, increasing water scarcity and land degradation can have devastating consequences on progress towards sustainable development in many countries, they also recognise the importance of adequate means of implementation at all levels for the outcome of the Rio+20 conference.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

European Parliament
- 18/19 June: Committee on Foreign Affairs
- 18/19 June: Committee on Development
- 20/21 June: Committee on International Trade 
- 18/19 June: Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- 22 June:  Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
- 20/21 June : Committee on Environment
Council of ministers
- 18 June: Meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI) (Luxembourg)
- 20 June: COREPER I (Brussels)
- 20/21 June: COREPER II  (Brussels)
ACP Group
- 18 June: 3rd Meeting  of ACP Ministers responsible for Fisheries (Fiji)
- 20/22 June: Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 26 June from 8.30 – 13h00 on Food Losses and Food Waste. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted! This briefing wants to address the concerns revolving around global hunger, food security, sustainability and waste recovery.A variety of different actors – farmers, retailers, governments and consumers – involved in the food supply chain contribute to large amounts of global food losses and waste.
Several strategies are available for the reduction of food losses and waste. However, these strategies are not always known and much action needs to be taken to reduce losses and waste at global, regional and national scale.
Thus, the objectives of the Briefing are to raise awareness of the causes and impact of food losses and waste in low, medium and high-income countries, increase an exchange of information and expertise relating to strategies and successes in preventing and reducing them and to facilitate networking amongst development partners working in these areas.
The briefing will be webstreamed.

You can register online at brusselsbriefings.

UNEP's fifth Global Environment Outlook was launched last Wednesday, June 6. Meetings were simultaneously held in Rio de Janeiro, Brussels and Geneva to reveal the results of the study, namely that significant progress relating to the assessment of 99 environmental goals and objectives has only been made in four: eliminating the production and use of substances that deplete the ozone layer, the removal of lead from fuel, increasing access to improved water supplies and boosting research to reduce pollution of the marine environment. Some progress has been made in 24 goals (climate change, fish stocks, desertification and drought) and little or no progress has been made in 40 goals (climate change, fish stocks, desertification and drought). Further deterioration was revealed for 8 goals (the state of the world's coral reefs), while 14 other goals were unable to be assessed due to a significant lack of data.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council reached a deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive last night (13 June). But it fails to achieve its initial purpose of reaching 20% energy savings by 2020, the Parliament's chief negotiator has warned.

Friday, 15 June 2012

The public debate held Thursday in the European Parliament's Strasbourg  plenary session, on the next post-2013 multiannual financial framework, was an opportunity for the ALDE group leader, Guy Verhofstadt, to warn the European Council against any attempt to ignore the Parliament's request for a new system of own resources.

In a report released Thursday, the EU has identified a staggering increase in protectionism around the world with 123 new trade restrictions introduced over the last eight months – a rise of just over 25%.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

The 3174th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 12 June 2012 adopted a decision on the conclusion of a new protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for by the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and the Republic of Mozambique (18059/11).

Surplus of the budget year 2011

The 3173rd Council meeting on Environment held in Luxembourg on 11 June 2012 adopted its position on the draft amending budget No 3 to the EU budget for 2012, accepting the budgeting of a surplus from 2011 of EUR 1.50 billion. This surplus results from an over-registering in revenue (EUR 671.3 million), an under-spending of payments (EUR 728.3 million) and a positive balance of monetary exchange (EUR 97.4 million). The member states' contributions to the EU budget will diminish accordingly.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

This week European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will attend in Auckland the EU-Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Meeting, along with Christian Friis Bach, Minister of Development Cooperation of Denmark, who represents the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton.