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Saturday, 18 November 2017

According to the most recent updates on the Pacific ACP Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations, provided during the 94th ACP Council of Ministers and held on December 2011 in Brussels, the region is committed to continue negotiating a comprehensive EPA as a single region.  Negotiations will be concluded in 2012, as mandated by Pacific ACP Leaders in September 2011. Tonga’s Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries along with thecp Pacific ACP Lead Spokesperson, Hon. ‘Isileli Pulu, reaffirmed to the Council the region’s commitment on behalf of the Pacific ACP Group.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012

Following intense fighting in the Blue Nile State of the Republic of Sudan, tens of thousands of people have fled to Ethiopia and South Sudan. About 32,000 people have already settled in Maban County, in Upper Nile State of South Sudan. The needs are vast and the refugee population is rising fast. Although the European Commission's Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) is supporting various life saving programmes in South Sudan, this remote area is not easily accessible, which makes the delivery of humanitarian assistance a real challenge.

Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Dr. Máximo Torero is the Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington. In this video, taken at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November, Dr. Torero explains how food price speculation works, and what impact an ambitious climate agreement in Durban could have on global food prices.

European Parliament
-19 December: EU parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Public health and Food safety: Women and climate change
Council of Ministers
-19 December: Environment Council (Brussels).
EU Presidency
-31 December: End of the Polish EU presidency
-1 January 2012: Denmark takes over the EU presidency

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Friday, 16 December 2011

The European Union recently organised a seminar in Yaoundé intended to help business leaders and private sector representatives to better understand the advantages of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between Central Africa and the European Union.

EU and Pacific region representatives have recently held talks  with the aim of taking stock of the situation and reaching an agreement on a way forward. Discussions, which took place in Brussels, were based on a revised draft text and draft market access offers, which were submitted by the region several months ago (July, 2011).

During a meeting the Joint EU-South Africa Science & Technology Committee has highlighted the importance of encouraging participation by South African researchers in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Furthermore it has explored opportunities offered to EU researchers through South African funded programmes.The outcomes of the discussion will be used to supplement the report on current and planned cooperation.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

After 15 years of suspension, the EU resumed development cooperation with Sudan. Since then the EU has committed development assistance of over €665 million, mainly focusing on agriculture and food security, education, stabilisation, security and human rights. As it gained independence in 2011, South Sudan is not yet a signatory to the Cotonou Agreement, and therefore financial assistance cannot be provided under the 10th EDF. However, EU Member States decided to bridge this current funding gap with an ad-hoc allocation from unused money of the 9th and previous EDFs.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

European Parliament
-12/15  December: Plenary Sessions in Strasbourg.
Council of Ministers

-16 December: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Brussels).
ACP-EU

-12 December: Joint ACP-EC Ministerial Trade Committee meeting.
EU Development Days

-15/16 December: European Development days in Warsaw, Poland.

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Friday, 09 December 2011

Dr. Máximo Torero is the Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington. In this video, taken at a Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility on 30 November, Dr. Torero explains how food price speculation works, and what impact an ambitious climate agreement in Durban could have on global food prices.