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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The Council on 28 November amended certain EU financial instruments for developing countries. The measures had been agreed in the conciliation committee with the European Parliament. The conciliation came in the wake of questions concerning the extent of powers given to the Commission in implementing the programmes. As a result, key parameters for the allocation of two programmes were defined by both legislators as part of the legislative procedure rather than by Commission measures.

Europeans regard helping the poor as a priority, according to a new survey. 84% of respondents to a new Eurobarometer support development aid to help people across the world out of poverty. The majority of EU citizens (84%) also support the strong focus of EU aid on good governance and human rights in developing countries, a direction proposed by Commissioner Piebalgs in his recent policy proposal, "Agenda for Change".

Co-operation between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries took a step forward with the Cotonou Agreement in 2000. Since then, MEPs and MPs from the ACP meet twice a year to debate development issues. Co-chair of this week's joint assembly meeting in Togo, Assarid Ag Imbarcaouane from Mali, agreed to answer some questions about development, the financial crisis and the Arab Spring.

Newly accredited Head of the European Union Delegation in Georgetown Robert Kopecky says there are several EU companies eager to enter Guyana with the potential for a number of “green” investments offering a way in. He made the comment to reporters last week after presenting his credentials to President Bharrat Jagdeo at the Office of the President.

Tuesday, 29 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. The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French.

European Parliament
-30 November-1 December: Mini-plenary of the European Parliament (Brussels)
-29 November/1 December: Committee Meetings (Brussels)
Council of Ministers
-30 November: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
-30 November: Coreper II, Coreper I
-30 November/1 December: Foreign Affairs Council
European Commission
-30 November: Weekly meeting of the college
-30 November: Brussels Briefing on Food Price Volatility

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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.