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Saturday, 23 September 2017

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.

Monday, 17 October 2011

European Council
-17/18 October: European Council Meeting
Council of Ministers
-20/21 October: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
ACP Group

-17-20 October: Meeting of ACP Chief RECs and EPAs Chief Negotiators
-20/21 October: ACP/EU/CTO ICT Roundtable
Polish EU Presidency

-19/20 October: European Congress on Rural Development

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The government of Spain has strengthened its cooperation with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) through a renewed commitment to support the operations of CARICOM Representation Office in Haiti (CROH) and the work of the Community in Haiti. This funding, directed through the Spanish government’s cooperation arm, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), will support the administrative operations and programme activities to undertaken by the CROH from October to December 2011.

The EU will re-prioritise its delivery of aid to developing countries to ensure maximum impact on poverty reduction. EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, this week presented the 'Agenda for Change' of EU Development policy and a new policy for EU budget support. These communications set out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including through a more targeted allocation of funding.

The Namibian government is furious after a hush-hush decision by the European Union (EU) to close its duty- and quota-free markets to Namibian beef, fish and grapes by 2014 unless the country signs a controversial trade pact.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Education, health, agriculture, SME support, forests, climate and social accommodation – 19 projects in these sectors in Africa, Columbia, Indonesia and Turkey will receive one billion EUR, decided the administrative council of the French development agency (AFD) on 29 September. Finance will be attributed in the form of loans, endowment or subsidies and will be allocated to Mauretania, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Togo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroun, Central Africa and South Africa among others.

“The CAP is a 50 billion euro contradiction of the EU’s commitment to help put developing world agriculture back on its feet, and will remain so under today’s reform plans. Farm subsidies of this magnitude will always produce distortions,” warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, in response to the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reform proposals from the European Commission. “The main victims are developing world farmers, who are crowded out of their own markets by subsidized western produce. The EU has opened its doors to developing world exports, but this is worth nothing if small-holders in the South cannot sell staple crops on their home markets,” Mr. De Schutter underlined.