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Saturday, 15 December 2018

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
-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.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Ownership and accountability are two of the main aspects that the EU wants to stress at the 4th High-level Forum on Aid effectiveness from 29 November to 1 December in Busan, South Korea. The Foreign Affairs Council this week issued the EU’s position for the forum, after the Commission had published a communication on the subject in September and the European Parliament had outlined its position in October.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 16 November setting out its position on the forthcoming UN climate summit in Durban (COP17) and its demands for the EU position. The Greens welcomed the clear message calling for the EU to commit to continuing the Kyoto Protocol, a key issue for the forthcoming summit.

Nine non-governmental groups in Antigua & Barbuda have united to form a Non-State Actors Advisory Committee to work with the European Development Fund (EDF) and the government in formulating developmental objectives and paths, particularly as they relate to EU-funded programmes and projects.