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Monday, 17 December 2018

This week European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will attend in Auckland the EU-Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Meeting, along with Christian Friis Bach, Minister of Development Cooperation of Denmark, who represents the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

While the upcoming meetings in Los Cabos and Rio have been catching the attention of the development community, several ACP- EU level events, as well as fisheries opportunities encouraged discussion last week.
In the light of G-20 Group meeting, which will take place in Los Cabos, Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has stressed the need to find ways to stimulate the global economy, while ensuring inclusive green growth that drives sustainable development.  "We stand at a crossroads. Our common future is at stake", he said. He also took the opportunity to draw attention to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), as it will bring together the world community, including up to 130 heads-of-state and government to Brazil, who are expected to define steps to be taken toward a more equitable and more respectful position on world resources.
Of particular note regarding the fisheries sector, the European Commission has spelled out its intentions for fixing fishing opportunities for 2013. Through this annual document the Commission asks for the views of Member States and stakeholders on the setting of Total Allowable Catches (TACs), quotas and fishing effort (days-at-sea) for the following year. The document shows that the Commission's efforts to phase out overfishing are starting to bear fruit. There are now 20 fish stocks in European seas which are known not to be overfished, compared to only 5 stocks in 2009. Reducing TACs in the past years even made it possible to increase some TACs for 2012. This could result in at least €135 million extra income for the fishing industry. Additionaly, the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, and the Republic of Kiribati initialed a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement. This new Protocol will cover a period of 3 years and provide fishing opportunities, which include a reference tonnage of 15,000 tons.

European Parliament
-11/14 June: Plenary session
Council of Ministers
-14 June: COREPER I
-13/14 June: COREPER II
-11 June: Environment Council (ENVI),  (Horsens, Denmark) 
-12 June: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (FISH), (Horsens, Denmark)
ACP Group
-11/13 June: 95th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers  (Vanuatu)
-14/15 June: 37th Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers   (Vanuatu) 
Research events
-13 June: Market Access Conference 2012, (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 26 June from 8.30 – 13h00 on Food Losses and Food Waste. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted! This briefing wants to address the concerns revolving around global hunger, food security, sustainability and waste recovery. A variety of different actors – farmers, retailers, governments and consumers – involved in the food supply chain contribute to large amounts of global food losses and waste. Several strategies are available for the reduction of food losses and waste. However, these strategies are not always known and much action needs to be taken to reduce losses and waste at global, regional and national scale.

As we informed our readers last week, more than 300 officials from the European Union and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States will convene this week in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for  one of the most important meetings of the year between the two groups.

Monday, 11 June 2012

The Commission is publishing a Report on the 2011 developments in the areas of immigration and asylum, accompanied by a Eurobarometer on European citizens' attitudes towards cross-border mobility, migration and security.

As we reported last week, Horsens saw the 23rd ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. The meeting was held jointly by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach, on behalf of the EU Council of Ministers, who responded to questions from the assembly.

The European Commission has recently launched a public consultation on the future of the EU regime for fruits and vegetables. The responses will be added into a Commission report on the regime which will look at the 2007 reforms, with proposals for further changes if necessary, which would be applicable from 2014. The deadline for contributions is September 9th, 2012.

Thursday, 07 June 2012

According to Roeland van de Geer, head of the EU delegation to South Africa, the policy of favouring its fellow BRICS members India and China for development funding while shunning the West may backfire on South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC). “Attack us - that is fine. It does not matter. But don't say that in this economic period we don't need each other because that undermines the relationship", he states.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Horsens, Denmark, recently witnessed the latest ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA).  Apart from topics frequently discussed by the MEPs and their counterparts from the ACP Countries during previous meetings, they also took a deeper look at the consequences of the instability in Africa. While Louis Michel, Co-President of the Assembly, spoke in particular of the potentially devastating consequences of political insecurity in Mali for neighbouring states, such as Niger, Mauritania and Senegal, the side effects of the Libyan conflict on both the ACP Group and the EU were also discussed. Addressing the deputies, Mr. Michel also warned that the current crisis in the Sahel region could not be solved without both political and military intervention.
Renewed calls for flexibility on trade negotiations also echoed from the meeting. The President of the ACP members, Hon. Musikari Kombo (Kenya), demanded a withdrawal of the EU proposal to amend market access laws, which would set a deadline for finalising Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) for ACP countries, or else lose duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.
Moreover, ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas appealed for an approach based on “partnership”, with coherence between trade policies and development goals. “We will continue with the negotiations with a view of concluding EPAs that will be development-friendly – that is, EPAs which address our supply side constraints, development constraints and infrastructure constraints which do not enable us to produce and take advantage of the big European market.”