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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

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).

-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.

Senior trade officials from ACP member countries have participated in two days of discussions in preparation for key meetings within the coming weeks. According to Paulo Kautoke, ACP Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Macroeconomics, Development Finance and Intra-ACP Programming, “the ultimate objective is to put before the ACP Ministers a solid document that will assist them, first to participate effectively at the Joint Ministerial Trade Committee and secondly, to make a forceful contribution during the forthcoming WTO Ministerial Conference”.

Thursday, 08 December 2011

EU and Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) agents met recently in Mauritius to negotiate relevant issues in the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Among the topics on the agenda, they discussed on trade in goods, sustainable development, trade in services, and trade-related rules.

The budget proposals for the EU external instruments have been recently adopted by the European Commission. These, which will allow the Union to meet its responsibility as global actor, will notably support developing countries. The total amount proposed is €96,249.4 million.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011

In the aftermath of the Commission‘s reform proposal, EU’s  Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) priorities seem to be source of debate. Lowi  Evans, Director General of the DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission, and Alain Cadec, Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee (MEP, EPP) detail the major goals of the CPF and exchange views on its priorities.

Tuesday, 06 December 2011

In response to the last political developments in Madagascar, EU’s position changes before the country. Though under some conditions, the EU will support transition in Magadascar as well as boost progressive development cooperation therein.