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Monday, 24 September 2018

Two new members, H.E Mr Badri Ali Bogoreh, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti to Brussels and H.E Mr Wilfred Eduard Christopher, Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname, have been recently welcomed by the ACP Committee of Ambassadors. They will be the new representatives of their respective countries to the ACP Group of States.

Danish ministers present this week the priorities of Denmark's Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers to European Parliament committees. Notably, economic and interior affairs minister Margrethe Vestager underlines the role of the European Parliament in promoting co-operation among the EU 27 Member States.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

European Parliament
-24/25 January: CONCORD 'PCD Report' presented to EU Parliament (Brussels).
-25 January: EP Water Group."Water priorities of the Danish Presidency" (Brussels).
Council of Ministers
-23/24 January: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Brussels).
ACP Group
-27 January: 2nd meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development (Brussels).

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The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 22 February 2012 and will be organised in partnership with the African Union Commission, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
The Briefing will provide an overview of the main challenges affecting the pastoralists, especially in the ACP countries, and the opportunities provided by existing continental and regional policy frameworks and processes. It will then focus on sharing good practices and experiences from the field across regions. We will also identify what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to increase support pastoralism.
The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French. To see the programme, to register for the Briefing and to follow the webstream on22 February (from 8h30 a.m. to13.00 p.m. CET) please visit brusselsbriefings.

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As H. E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon recently began his second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States,  has issued a message of congratulations and support.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt  recently presented the programme of her Government's 6-month Presidency of the Council.  Most of MEPs expressed their support.Ms Thorning-Schmidt focused on the programme's priorities, which are budget discipline, growth and jobs, green policies, ensuring safety of citizens and strengthening the voice of Europe in the world.

All 14 European Parliament Vice-Presidents were elected in the third round with a simple majority of the valid votes cast. Notably, Edward McMillan-Scott (ALDE, UK) was re-elected Vice-President.  Likewise, 5 Quaestors, who will deal with administrative matters directly affecting MEPs themselves, have been elected.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

According to recent updates, protected negotiations on comprehensive Economic Parntership Agreements (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) member countries and the European Union (EU) are expected to restart in a few months, and probably be concluded within this year.

Martin Schulz, will be the new European Parliament president until the beginning of the next legislature in July 2014. He has been elected with 387 votes in favour out of 670 cast. Martin Schulz (S&D, Germany) replaces the outgoing President Jerzy Buzek (EPP, Poland). Parliament's standing committees will elect their Chairs and Vice-Chairs during the week starting on Monday 23 January.

In an interview conducted by Sudan Vision, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Rahamatullah Osman, sheds light on some key questions regarding Sudan-EU relations. Speaking of the COTONOU Agreement, he underlines that Sudan did not sign amendments to this, as these clashed with the Sudan policy. “Our relations with Europe follow two tracks. Collective, that is with the EU as a group and direct, that is between us and the EU members. It is true that our relations with EU are not satisfactory and have faced some obstacles”.  At the bilateral level, however, he states that Sudan continues to interact with EU member states:  “The Foreign Minister has visited many EU countries such as Portugal, Spain, England, France, Italy, Germany and Austria”.