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Thursday, 13 December 2018

According to an article by Professor Roman Grynberg, the former director of Economic Governance with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, on the access of Botswanan beef to EU market,  “declining subsidies and increasing restrictions are forcing the country to think the unthinkable”. Botswana has been dependent on beef exports to the EU and this remains a key element of the country’s international trade policy.

According to a press release by Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the West African country and the EU are looking forward to concluding their talks on the proposed ECOWAS-EU EPAs. Both pledged their commitment to the EPAs, in line with the Cotonou Agreement, at a political dialogue meeting last week in Accra.

Following last week's Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government Conference, top officials attending the event were invited to contribute to key discussions later this year on the future the ACP Group. Speaking at the high level forum hosted on Gros Islet, Saint Lucia from 4 to 6 July, the Secretary General of the ACP Group,  Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas  urged leaders to attend the 7th Summit of ACP Heads of States and Governments on 13 and 14 December in Equatorial Guinea, as the theme of the event is The Future of the ACP Group in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities.

According to recent updates by the ACP Secretariat, a global conference to be held in November will present the future outlook of the climate change agenda, with special emphasis on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The conference, organised by Hamburg University, is set to take place entirely online.

The European Commission has issued its second activity report in relation to trade and raw materials. The report presents an overview of activities carried out in the field of trade and raw materials over the last two years and the achievements made in negotiations in the bilateral and multilateral context.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

In the light of the first anniversary of the Republic of South Sudan ‘s independence, the High Representative Catherine Ashton and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said in a joint statement that the EU reaffirms its commitment to support the country and help its people achieve durable prosperity through its development assistance programme. The EU wishes the people of South Sudan a happy anniversary, acknowledges the efforts by the Government of South Sudan and encourages its leaders to show the necessary statesmanship to pursue this endeavour.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Following the the ACP-EU Regional Seminar of Economic and Social Interest Groups,  which was recently organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Santo Domingo, Caribbean civil society organizations along with the CARIFORUM Secretariat, a subgroup of ACP countries for economic dialogue with the EU, made a commitment to define, before mid September 2012, the composition of the Caribbean side of the civil society Consultative Committee,  which is the only joint EU-CARIFORUM body in the EPA Agreement that has not yet been set up.

Following a recent meeting with with Leonel Fernández Reyna President of the Dominican Republic, Herman Van Rompuy has confirmed in a press statement that relations between the EU and the Dominican Republic are on track . He has recalled that the EU is the second trade partner of the Caribbean country, as well as its most important foreign investor. “The EU is also the first development partner of the Dominican Republic with a programme worth more than Euro 280 million”, he adds.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

European Parliament
-9/10 July : Committee on Foreign Affairs
-9/10 July : Committee on Development
-11/12 July : Committee on Fisheries
-9/10 July : Committee on International Trade
Council of Ministers
-11 July: COREPER I
-09 July: COREPER II
ACP Group
- 9 July:  Management meeting

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The last Brussels Briefing on " Addressing Food Waste in Times of Crisis” took place on 26th June, 2012 and attracted  more than 150 ACP and EU policy-makers, NGO representatives and Member States delegates actively participated. A wider audience followed the Briefing through a live webstream and participated via email and Twitter.
As we announced last week,  you could find all material related to the Briefing, including photos and the videos, here.

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