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Thursday, 19 April 2018

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.

The European Commission will unveil soon its proposals for a new maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) which is expected to amount a subsidy package of  € 6.7bn.  The EMFF will be then used to fund and ease in the common fisheries. This announcement comes ahead of what is expected to be a damning European Court of Auditors report, to be released on 12 December,  and which is expected to be extremely critical of the current EU CFP.

Monday, 05 December 2011

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.