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Saturday, 20 January 2018
The Council adopted conclusions on the EPA development programme for the West African region. In the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and of its partnership with the African Union, the European Union emphasises in particular regional integration as being instrumental in securing peace, stability and sustainable development. It thus welcomes the efforts which West African countries and regional institutions have made to further strengthen their regional integration.
The 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 adopted conclusions on EU actions in the area of commodities, as set out in document light of the above and bearing in mind the need to ensure supply security, the EU will enhance its comprehensive approach on commodities policy, while maintaining its focus on sustainability and commodity dependence. This will be done by promoting a balanced approach among the three pillars of sustainable development (economic, environmental and social) and working towards further reducing the commodity dependence of developing countries, especially those least developed.
Monday, 24 May 2010

The 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 adopted a decision on the signing and provisional application of two agreements on trade in bananas.

Country of origin labels should become compulsory for clothes sold in Europe so that consumers are not misled by labels suggesting they were made in an EU Member State, said the European Parliament on Tuesday when it approved an update of the EU clothes labelling scheme.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
The European Union's economic crisis will create allies for a British government seeking to streamline the bloc's farm policy in upcoming reform talks, the new UK agriculture minister said on Monday (17 May).
A campaign led by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to introduce carbon tariffs at EU borders in order to restore fair competition with freely-polluting industries in China is being revamped in Brussels to allay fears that it might trigger a trade war.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries were lobbying for greater assistance for their banana exports to Europe to compensate for the EU’s improving trade relations with Latin America at the European Parliament and Commission in Brussels, on 29 April.


The relationship between the Caribbean and the European Community could be in for another overhaul. This time it will be widened beyond economic cooperation to include matters of political security.Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Valeriano Diaz, said that trade relations between the regions did not operate in a vacuum nor were the European ties with the region just about money.

Friday, 14 May 2010

The European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, praised the Union's political commitment to fund an ambitious programme of aid for trade and economic integration in West Africa (PAPED). This programme is an essential element of the future Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with West Africa, currently under negotiation, and would ensure that the region made the most of this agreement.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos argued recently that the economic crisis justified the need to keep a strong aid policy for Europe's farmers, which developing countries slam as unfair. The economic and financial crises, which have hit consumption and led to price volatility show that the bloc's controversial Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) -- under which the farm handouts are made -- "has a more important role than ever," Ciolos told reporters just before opening a public debate on the policy's future.