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Monday, 23 October 2017
The second revision of the Cotonou Agreement governing relations between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries should be finalised in March 2010. Progress in the negotiations is assessed in a report by Development Committee Chair Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, FR).The report also proposes improvements to tackle climate change, tax havens, migration, agriculture and "land-grabbing" (government-backed foreign investors buying up arable land in developing countries), mostly on the African continent.EU policy towards developing countries must be coherent and consistent.  Policy in areas such as trade, fisheries and agriculture must be designed to have sustainable development in the ACP countries in order to fight poverty, and guarantee decent income and livelihood, which is not the case now", said rapporteur Eva Joly in the debate preceding the vote.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Since early 2008 interim trade agreements between the EU and six regions of ACP countries (respectively sub-groups within the region) are in force. These agreements could be stepping stones towards full Economic Partnership Agreements between the EU and all ACP countries. This paper written as a background paper for the World Development Report 2009, estimates the welfare effects of the interim agreements for nine African countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
New German Development Minister Dirk Niebel has begun a one-week trip to Central Africa. Deutsche Welle asked experts just how effective aid has been in the region up to now, and whether changes are necessary. Dirk Niebel's visit to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique is his first official foreign trip since taking office. It is being seen by many as a litmus test of the intentions of the Liberal Democrat, who has vowed to bring about a fundamental shift of German policy. Just a few days before his departure the development minister sparked controversy with his remarks that he did not see the ministry as a "benefit office for the world."
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
The European Union's trade commissioner-designate said on Tuesday he was unsure whether world leaders would achieve their pledge to complete the Doha round of global trade talks this year. The G20 group of rich and emerging economies pledged last year to conclude the Doha talks, aimed at liberalising global trade, in 2010 in a bid to kickstart dwindling trade flows hit by the worst financial crisis in nearly 80 years. "I'm personally confident that we are going to conclude the Doha round - whether it will be in 2010 or 2011... I am quite confident about it", Karel de Gucht told a European Parliament hearing. "We are agreeing on 90% of the topics we have to address in Doha... there is no alternative to Doha", he told the assembly, which votes on Jan. 26 on whether to approve a new European Commission line-up for a five-year term.
The Kenyan fresh produce industry is suffering from the bad weather conditions in Europe, which are causing delays in transportation for perishable goods. Flights in mainland Europe have been delayed and even cancelled, hitting the Kenyan fresh produce industry hard as they rely on aviation for most of their exports. Inland there have also been problems, with trains and lorries being delayed, causing produce to be wasted in transit or unable to be sent. Flowers, fruits and vegetable sales have also been hit by the reluctance of European consumers to leave their houses to shop.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
The organisation for the conservation of the banana sector in Suriname (SBBS), feels like it has been done for the second year in a row. Importer Univeg is buying bananas at unreasonably low prices, reports De Ware Tijd. This goes against all agreements. The last barrier to a better market price has just been removed. SBBS's two plantations now adhere to the highest food safety standards in Europe. Thus it was expected that Univeg would pay more. Since this will now not happen the plan has been changed. The partnership with Univeg will continue, but to maintain a balance a new market partner will join. SBBS will now at last make a profit after ten years of running at a loss. It must simplify the transformation from being state run to being privately run. Thirty million euros have been invested in privatisation in the last five years by the Government and the EU.
Monday, 18 January 2010
This Briefing paper previews some of the headline debates expected in 2010 and sketches the backdrop against which these will unfold. The aim is not so much to predict outcomes, but to situate and frame the EU debates on development cooperation so as to enable as wide a group of stakeholders as possible to follow and participate in them. This year’s Challenges paper includes contributions from some of ECDPM’s African partners as well as results from an ECDPM opinion survey on EU-ACP relations. The poll covered issues such as regional priorities for 2010, the role of emerging actors and the future of the ACP Group.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
In a day of Q&A in Brussels, candidates for the EU's top foreign policy, economics, budget and development Commissioner posts were quizzed by MEPs on their priorities. Catherine Ashton promised to give credibility to the EU's dealings with the world whilst Mr Rehn said growth and jobs would be a priority. Budget nominee Janusz Lewandowski said EU budget policy could focus on the environment or climate change. Development nominee Andris Piebalgs pledged that fighting poverty would remain key.
The 2988th Council meeting on Environment held in Brussels on 22 December 2009 adopted a decision with a view to put an end to the provisional application of the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) with the Republic of Guinea (16976/09). By means of this decision, the Council notifies the Republic of Guinea the EU's intention to terminate the provisional application of the FPA, in accordance with article 25(2) of the Vienna convention on the law of treaties, following the violent crackdown on political demonstrators in Conakry on 28 September 2009 and the subsequent human rights violations. A fisheries protocol to the EU/Republic of Guinea agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2009, pending the final conclusion of the agreement.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
The Committee on Development of the European Development review the Cotonou Agreement which should be an occasion to adjust it in the light of recent and current crises including climate change, soaring food and oil prices, financial crisis and abject poverty in Africa; believes that the need to address the root causes of these crises is not an option, but a necessity. It deplored the fact that the European Parliament, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the national parliaments of the ACP States as well as civil society organisations and non-state actors were - once again - not involved in the decision-making process that led to the identification of areas and articles of the Cotonou Agreement for revision and to the establishment of the negotiating mandates adopted by the Council of the EU and the ACP Council of Ministers.