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Monday, 28 May 2018

In the course of the last Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which was held last week, ministers adopted conclusions on the EU's approach to trade, growth and development for the next decade. The Foreign Affairs Council stressed that openness to international trade is key to sustaining inclusive growth and poverty reduction in developing countries, just as keeping its markets open is key to Europe’s economic growth and welfare.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

According to Freshplaza, in 2011 Germans spent 400 million Euro on fairtrade products. What began with art and coffee has grown into a wide range of products (around 6000), even including face creams, travel companies and hotels. The principle consists of strengthening trade between industrial and developing countries, which should improve the life of small growers and agriculturists.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council stresses the need to promote a more sustainable fisheries policy on its external like on its internal side. Ministers underline that fighting against illegal, reported and unregulated (IUU) fishing needs to be reinforced by building partnerships with other main fishing nations.  Equally, compliance with management measures at the level of regional fisheries management organisations needs more follow-up, governance within these organisations strengthened, and overcapacity problems need to be addressed at the global scale. In the course of the 3155th Council meeting, which was held on 19th March, ministers adopted these and other conclusions,  following the communication of the Commission on the external dimension of the Common fisheries policy (CFP).

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The EU will allocate €250 million (329 million U.S. dollars) to improve food security and disaster preparedness in the Horn of Africa. Known as SHARE (Supporting the Horn of Africa’s Resilience), the aid programme will help communities in the region to recover faster from drought and other natural disasters, through supporting nutrition, sanitation and water programs.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has made nothing but stinging statements regarding the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). He says EPAs which are being negotiated with African countries, including Nigeria, on sub-regional basis by the EU will lead to further underdevelopment of the continent despite the “juicy” and supposed promises.

European Parliament
-20-22 March: Committee on Foreign Affairs
Council of Ministers
-21 March: COREPER I
-21 March: COREPER II
-19-20 March: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
ACP Group
-19  March: Committee on Political Affairs
-19 March: Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
-19 March: Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
Research events
-22 March: EU Budget beyond 2013: which expenditure and which resources?

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What are the main market access problems for pastoralist products? In the course of the last Brussels Briefing, entitled “New challenges and opportunities for pastoralism in ACP countries”, we spoke with Maryam Abeiderrahmane, CEO at Tiviski Dairy, in Mauritania. She explained to us that the beginning of Tiviski was difficult as a result of several factors, including traditional prejudices against selling milk, as well as consumer preferences for imported goods. Notably, she underlines that Mauritania has faced trade barriers when dealing with the EU.

The next Brussels Development Briefing will focus on  “Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities” and take place on April 4th, 2012. It will be organised in partnership with the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
The Briefing will discuss policy options to reduce the vulnerability of small islands economies. We will also discuss some best practices to enhance sustainable development, especially in the context of Rio+20.
Among the speakers confirmed we have: Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under Secretary General and High Representative for the LDCs, Land Locked Developing Countries and SIDS; Professor Lino Briguglio, Director, Islands and Small States Institute; Iosefa Maiava, Head of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Sanjesh Naidu from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Ena Harvey from IICA.
You can follow the updates and register online at brusselsbriefings.

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Monday, 19 March 2012

In the course of a one-day EU-Namibia Political Dialogue, Raul Fuentes, Head of the EU Delegation in Namibia, brought attention to the fact that the EU is Namibia's second most important commercial partner after South Africa, and is well ahead of countries such as China or the United States of America. He also stressed the role of the EU as a  development partner, as it is the leading donor for  education, water and sanitation projects.

The Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a decision which introduces EU refugee resettlement priorities for 2013, as well as new rules on the financial support that the member states receive from EU funds to accommodate refugees from outside the EU in their territories (resettlement). Notably, the amending decision introduces six EU resettlement priorities for 2013, notably including refugees and displaced persons in the Great Lakes Region (Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia),  Somali  refugees in Ethiopia as well as Eritrean displaced people in Eastern Sudan.