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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The new Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) was one of the key items discussed at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November. The Briefing brought together 170 actors from international organisations, ACP embassies, the European Commission, African farmers’ representations and civil society.

European Parliament
-5 December/8 December: Committee Meetings (Brussels)
European Council
-8/9 December: Meeting of the heads of state and government (Brussels)
Council of Ministers
-5 December: General Affairs Council
-7 December: Coreper I
European Commission
-7 December: Weekly meeting of the college

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The disbursement of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) will only become possible after the establishment of a date and the conduct of legislative elections followed by the constitution of a new National Assembly which represents all the political “tendencies” of the country, said the head of the European Union delegation in Guinea. […] In a press conference, the head of the delegation Philippe Van Damme gave a long speech about the partnership between Guinea and the European Union and about the perspectives of the 10th EDF which is currently discussed.

Friday, 02 December 2011

Speaking at the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, presented the European Union's new proposals to make its aid more effective: EU Joint Programming, which involves EU donors working together on aid delivery and then dividing the work needed in the most efficient way, and an EU Transparency Guarantee, which means that EU Member states will publicly disclose all information on aid programmes so that it can be more easily accessed, shared and published.

Thursday, 01 December 2011

The Council on 28 November amended certain EU financial instruments for developing countries. The measures had been agreed in the conciliation committee with the European Parliament. The conciliation came in the wake of questions concerning the extent of powers given to the Commission in implementing the programmes. As a result, key parameters for the allocation of two programmes were defined by both legislators as part of the legislative procedure rather than by Commission measures.

Europeans regard helping the poor as a priority, according to a new survey. 84% of respondents to a new Eurobarometer support development aid to help people across the world out of poverty. The majority of EU citizens (84%) also support the strong focus of EU aid on good governance and human rights in developing countries, a direction proposed by Commissioner Piebalgs in his recent policy proposal, "Agenda for Change".

Co-operation between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries took a step forward with the Cotonou Agreement in 2000. Since then, MEPs and MPs from the ACP meet twice a year to debate development issues. Co-chair of this week's joint assembly meeting in Togo, Assarid Ag Imbarcaouane from Mali, agreed to answer some questions about development, the financial crisis and the Arab Spring.

Newly accredited Head of the European Union Delegation in Georgetown Robert Kopecky says there are several EU companies eager to enter Guyana with the potential for a number of “green” investments offering a way in. He made the comment to reporters last week after presenting his credentials to President Bharrat Jagdeo at the Office of the President.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 30 November 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various other partners. The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French.

European Parliament
-30 November-1 December: Mini-plenary of the European Parliament (Brussels)
-29 November/1 December: Committee Meetings (Brussels)
Council of Ministers
-30 November: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
-30 November: Coreper II, Coreper I
-30 November/1 December: Foreign Affairs Council
European Commission
-30 November: Weekly meeting of the college
CTA
-30 November: Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility

You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.