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Sunday, 23 September 2018

According to the EP Press service, MEPs regularly travel in delegations to other countries as part of the EP's contribution to the EU's foreign policy. Like parliamentary committees, EP delegations consist of MEPs charged with a specific task. In this case it is about maintaining contacts with their counterparts in parliaments of countries outside the EU. And unlike committees, delegations do not prepare resolutions for the plenary to discuss or vote on. Instead they focus on exchanging information and developing the Parliament's international relations.

In light of the eurozone crisis, EU members are tightening their fiscal belts, and notably regarding international aid. According to a press release by Concord, the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGO, almost all European countries are making cuts to their aid programmes to the developing world.

Thursday, 05 April 2012

According to recent reports by ACP Secretariat Press Service, officials from Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation attend the meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade this week to discuss COM (2011)598 relating to EPAs with ACP countries.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012

The Caribbean Forum of the ACP Group (CARIFORUM) and the European Commission (EC) recently signed three financial agreements. While the first agreement will focus on economic and trade integration, the second deal is expected to help develop areas of government procurement, labour market information systems and e-commerce.  The third agreement is intended to improve the CARIFORUM’s capacity to benefit from EPA provisions.

Monday, 02 April 2012

Council of Ministers
-4 April: COREPER I
-4 April March: COREPER II
ACP Group
-2 April: S/C on Political, Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Affairs
-3 April: Enlarged Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors
-3 April:Committee of Ambassadors’ W/G on the preparation of the 7th ACP Summit
-4 April: SEDT Department
-4 April: Steering Committee of the ACP Sugar research Programme
Research events
-4 April : Next Brussels Development Briefing: Small island economies
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The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is the leading international body monitoring internal displacement worldwide. Nowadays, this issue affects more than 27.5 million people, according to the centre's recent updates. In Somalia in particular,a member of the ACP Group which has recently caught a great deal of media attention,  there are around 1,5 million of internally displaced people.  CTA-Brussels met Nuur Mohamud Sheekh, a Horn of Africa analyst at the IDMC. Notably,he spoke of the role of state actors and the case of Somalia as it pertains to this issue.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Last week, ministers adopted conclusions on EU's Strategy for the Sahel region. While in March 2011, the Council welcomed the presentation of a European Union Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, ministers are now proposing ways of improving the coherence and effectiveness of EU engagement. In its initial phase,  the Strategy focuses primarily on Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria.

The Council adopted a decision approving the conclusion of the revised international cocoa agreement, which was negotiated by the UN cocoa conference in 2010, and replaced the 2001 version. One has to remember that the agreement was signed by the EU in June 2011 and provisionally applied since then. In January,  International Trade Committee (INTA) MEPs  recommended the Parliament to give its consent to a new International Cocoa Agreement.

During the course of the last Council meeting on General Affairs, ministers discussed, in public session, the first elements of the negotiating box outlining the most central issues and options for certain parts of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2014-2020 period. The negotiating box discussed by ministers covers budget  5 headings , as well as some horizontal issues, in particular the question of whether some instruments should be placed inside or outside the MFF. Related issues to the European Development Fund (EDF), which is the main instrument for providing Community development aid in the ACP countries, and which is funded by the Member States according to a specific contribution key, were part of the discussions.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

As Kenyan flowers could be subjected to 16 per cent duty if Kenya did not ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)  by June, concerns about the EPA's potential in boosting trade on the continent emerge. According to one article by The Standard, Kenya has much to lose if a new EPA is sealed, as differing from the rest of the EAC members, the country does not  benefit from LDC conditions, which provides free access for goods to the European market. Musikari Kombo, President of the ACP Joint Parliamentary Group, says this can be detrimental to regional integration.