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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso on 23 November met the President of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, to announce support for the country's forthcoming elections, as well as to help social and economic recovery. This is President's Ouattara's first ever official visit to the European Commission. A package of €125 million was formally signed on 23 November at a ceremony in Brussels.

The incoming Danish EU Presidency will try to get "as far as possible" on the next EU budget for 2014-2020, knowing that a deal is unlikely to be struck until the end of its term, the country's ambassador in Brussels said on 23 November. The EU's budget for 2014-2020 – called the multiannual financial framework, or MFF, in EU jargon – "will be the biggest single item in the agenda of the Danish Presidency," said Ambassador Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen. He was addressing a gathering organised by the European Policy Centre ahead of the Danish EU Presidency in the first half of 2012.

Friday, 25 November 2011

By decision of 23 April 2004, the Commission has set up various advisory groups, which may be consulted by the Commission on all matters relating to the common agricultural policy and to the policy of rural development and its implementation. This includes the international aspects of agriculture, such as trade and development. The Commission will set-up an Advisory Group on International Aspects of Agriculture. The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development is therefore calling for applications with a view to selecting NGOs active in the field of trade and development in relation to agriculture in order to participate in the Advisory Group International Aspects of Agriculture. The deadline for applications is the 9 December 2011.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

On 20 November, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, arrived in Togo for a two-day visit to look at the country's progress and challenges in the wake of renewed development cooperation with the EU, post-2007. The Commissioner is taking part in the 22nd Session of the ACP – EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which takes place in Lomé from 19 until 23 November and brings together Members of the European Parliament and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. He also meets President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé and Prime Minister, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, amongst others.

The European Parliament and EU Member States struck a deal on Friday night on the priorities and size of the EU Budget for 2012. The European Parliament had focussed in its proposals on growth, innovation, employment, border control, migration management and support of democratic development in the Arab world and those priorities were all taken on board by the Member States. "We were very selective with our priorities and I am glad they were accepted by the Council", said Parliament's rapporteur for most of next year's budget, Ms Francesca Balzani (S&D, IT). "This is the first budget in real support of the EU2020 strategy for growth and innovation. It means more money for research, better job qualifications and a competitive Europe."

Monday, 21 November 2011

The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 30 November 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various other partners.

European Parliament
-21-23 November: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament (Brussels)
Council of Ministers
-23 November: Coreper II, Coreper I
-24 November: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (Energy) Council
European Commission
-23 November: Weekly meeting of the college
-24 November: EU press conference ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban
ACP-EU
-16-23 November: 22nd meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Togo)
ACP Group
-16-23 November: 26th meeting of the ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Togo)

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Over the next four years Denmark will contribute more than one billion DKK to basic education through the Global Partnership for Education, and will thus be the third largest contributor. At the same time developing countries will increase their own allocations to education by more than 10 billion DKK (1.34 billion EUR) during the same period.

The 3124th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs adopted conclusions that constitute the EU position with a view to conducting the performance review of the 10th European Development Fund together with the ACP states (16461/11), adopted conclusions on the annual report concerning the EU's development and external assistance policies and their implementation in 2010 (16768/11) and considered proposals for the future approach to EU budget support to third countries (15561/11).

Lomé, the capital of Togo, will host a meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly from 16 to 23 November, the Vice-President of the Togolese National Assembly, Sélom Komi Klassou, told the press on Monday. Apart from recommendations and resolutions which are set to conclude the meeting, discussions and debates about the food situation in Africa, access to medication, the Arab Spring and its repercussions as well as the proliferation of weapons in the world are planned.