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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

According to Roeland van de Geer, head of the EU delegation to South Africa, the policy of favouring its fellow BRICS members India and China for development funding while shunning the West may backfire on South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC). “Attack us - that is fine. It does not matter. But don't say that in this economic period we don't need each other because that undermines the relationship", he states.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Horsens, Denmark, recently witnessed the latest ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA).  Apart from topics frequently discussed by the MEPs and their counterparts from the ACP Countries during previous meetings, they also took a deeper look at the consequences of the instability in Africa. While Louis Michel, Co-President of the Assembly, spoke in particular of the potentially devastating consequences of political insecurity in Mali for neighbouring states, such as Niger, Mauritania and Senegal, the side effects of the Libyan conflict on both the ACP Group and the EU were also discussed. Addressing the deputies, Mr. Michel also warned that the current crisis in the Sahel region could not be solved without both political and military intervention.
Renewed calls for flexibility on trade negotiations also echoed from the meeting. The President of the ACP members, Hon. Musikari Kombo (Kenya), demanded a withdrawal of the EU proposal to amend market access laws, which would set a deadline for finalising Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) for ACP countries, or else lose duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.
Moreover, ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas appealed for an approach based on “partnership”, with coherence between trade policies and development goals. “We will continue with the negotiations with a view of concluding EPAs that will be development-friendly – that is, EPAs which address our supply side constraints, development constraints and infrastructure constraints which do not enable us to produce and take advantage of the big European market.”

European Parliament
-4 June: Committee on Foreign Affairs
Council of Ministers
-5 June: COREPER I
-5/6 June: COREPER II
-3/5 June: Informal meeting of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRI), Horsens (Denmark)
-10 June: Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs (GAC), Horsens (Denmark)
ACP Group
-4 June: Special meeting of the Committee of Ambassadors
-5 June: UNDP’s Africa Human Development Report 2012
-10/15 June: 95th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers  
-10/15 June: 37th Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers

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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.
You can register online at brusselsbriefings.

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Monday, 04 June 2012

The EU, along with the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health, will fund a training course aimed at developing the capacity to assess and measure agricultural biodiversity in the context of food and nutrition security in West African food systems. This training is open to potential candidates from Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. These are welcome to submit an essay and apply for participation in the course.

As proposals on the EPAs have not yet received any formal written comment from the European Commission (EC), Majuro, the Marshall Islands/The Pacific bloc of the ACP group have expressed concern and are pressing to receive an official response.  Tonga’s Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries and the Pacific ACP Lead Spokesperson, Hon. Isileli Pulu, underlines that the Pacific region “remains committed to concluding negotiations for a comprenhensive EPA with the EU by 2012.”

Vanuatu will host the 37th session of the joint ACP-EU council of ministers between June 11 and June 15, 2012. It will be preceded by the 95th session of the ACP council on ministers in Port Vila. The conference is expected to attract 1,000 participants from ACP and EU member states.

Friday, 01 June 2012

In light of the worsening of Guinea-Bissau’s political situation, the Council of the EU has decided to tighten EU sanctions against persons who threaten peace, security or stability in the country. In the midst of the instability, the High representative Catherine Ashton states: “We continue to demand that constitutional order be immediately restored."

Renewed calls for flexibility on trade negotiations between the ACP members and the EU (EU) have echoed from the 23rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Horsens, Denmark. The President of the ACP members, Hon. Musikari Kombo (Kenya), has demanded a withdrawal of the EU proposal to amend market access laws, which would set a deadline for finalising Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) for ACP countries, or else lose duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Taking into account the success of the EU in terms of integration, Carlos Rosado de Carvalho, an Angolan economist, has suggested that the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) should adopt the same functional model. In some discussions with The Angola Press, the economist recalled the EU’s history and its current status as the world's main economic bloc.