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Saturday, 18 November 2017

“The CAP is a 50 billion euro contradiction of the EU’s commitment to help put developing world agriculture back on its feet, and will remain so under today’s reform plans. Farm subsidies of this magnitude will always produce distortions,” warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, in response to the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reform proposals from the European Commission. “The main victims are developing world farmers, who are crowded out of their own markets by subsidized western produce. The EU has opened its doors to developing world exports, but this is worth nothing if small-holders in the South cannot sell staple crops on their home markets,” Mr. De Schutter underlined.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

The final figures for the budget 2012, as amended by the Budgets Committee, are now available. These are the results of two days of negotiations and voting and are to be used as Parliament's position in its negotiations with EU Member States. In general, MEPs sought to restore the draft budget proposed by the Commission, after cuts by the Council in July. The budget position of the Committee implies an increase in payments of 5,23% as compared to this year's budget and an increase of commitments of 3,95%.

Monday, 10 October 2011

European Parliament
-10-13 October: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
-12/13 October: Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Brussels
Council of Ministers
-10/11 October: Foreign Affairs Council
-11 October : General Affairs Council
European Commission
-12 October: Weekly meeting of the college

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Joseph Alcamo is the Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). During our interview at a food security conference organised by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Alcamo talks about the untapped potential of fisheries and the possibilities of achieving food security and environmental protection. At the same conference, we also had the opportunity to speak to Monty P. Jones from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and Co-winner of the 2004 World Food Prize, as well as Paulo Gouveia, director of the General Affairs Department at Copa-Cogeca, the European farmers' representation in Brussels.

The European Union anticipates that the Economic Partnership Agreements could be inked before the end of this year if the EAC states are focused and maintain active engagement throughout the remaining time.

Mr Harvey Rouse, the head of trade section at the European Union delegation to Uganda said, “We are hopeful that if EAC takes active engagement in the remaining few months, we will deliver the required results before the end of the year as the European Commission mandate to negotiate EPAs runs out at the end of this year.”

Friday, 07 October 2011

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific island countries and the European Union (EU) does not focus on sugar and fisheries alone. Fiji’s Ministry of Industry and Trade acting permanent secretary, Shaheen Ali says the agreement provides room for the trade of other products. “This is what the Interim EPA is about; it’s to look at non-traditional exports so we can build on exporting non-traditional products to EU,” Ali said.

European and Central African negotiators met in Bangui (République centrafricaine) from 26th to 30th September in order to continue negotiations at technical level. Negotiating groups discussed market access, services, cultural cooperation and accompanying measures. Progress was also made on the text of the agreement. The next negotiation round will take place in November in Brussels.

Thursday, 06 October 2011

The 2.4 billion EUR loan from the Republic of South Africa to Swaziland will form part of discussions during a political dialogue between the Swazi government and the European Union (EU). This is contained in a memorandum inviting various principal secretaries to a meeting in preparation for the dialogue. These are the PSs in the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs, economic planning and development, public works and transport, labour and social security and the ministry of commerce, industry and trade.

On 30th September the European Commission adopted a proposal to amend the Market Access Regulation, governing the trade conditions for certain developing countries that have negotiated Economic Partnership Agreements with the EU. Eighteen countries (14 countries in the Caribbean, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Papua New Guinea) have taken the necessary steps towards ratification of initialled agreements, and will continue to use the facility. But the other 18 countries have not even signed their agreement or are still not applying it.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

The annual European Development days (EDDs) – have been launched today by the Polish Presidency, Under-Secretary of State, Krzysztof Stanowski and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This year, the EDDs will focus on democracy and development in the wake of the recent Arab Spring events and the proposals of the European Commission for a new EU development policy.