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Monday, 28 May 2018
At the 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010, the Portuguese delegation, supported by Bulgaria, Finland, Romania and the United Kingdom, asked the Commission to propose exceptional measures for the sugar refinery industry, hence rebalancing the impact of the additional out-of-quota exports on the supply of raw sugar cane.
The world’s three major sugar-exporting nations – Thailand, Brazil and Australia – recently expressed their opposition to the European Union’s (EU’s) export subsidy on sugar, on the grounds that it affects prices and lowers other countries’ export volumes. The three countries have agreed on the possible filing of a case to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if the EU does not review its policy.
The Kenyan government now says structural changes within the European Union (EU) are partly to blame for derailing negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) whose set completion date was July last year. Trade Minister Amos Kimunya said that the government would meet EU officials to establish the impact of those changes to the EPA negotiations, adding, however, that the negotiations are still ongoing.
The Aid for Trade initiative highlights the support that developing countries, particularly the least developed, need to increase their capacity to benefit from the global expansion of trade. At the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong in 2005, the international community mobilised and made financial commitments in favour of Aid for Trade.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
The development of coherent and effective relations with other regions and countries is one of the most challenging tasks faced by the European Union. This original volume explores the EU’s engagement with the global South, focusing on three controversial policy areas: economic cooperation, development cooperation, and conflict management.
Jamaica is set to get another multi-million dollar grant from the European Union (EU), through the Banana Support Programme. Tomorrow, the EU Banana Support Programme through Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will officially sign four additional grant projects.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) on Tuesday announced a 15 million euro loan to Mauritius sugar producer Omnicane, as the country faces the end of preferential European Union prices. Sugar firms on the Indian Ocean island have increasingly looked to diversify their products and cut costs after the EU announced a graduated 36 percent cut in its guaranteed price for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar.
The delay in the signing of economic partnership agreements by East African Community member states has aroused the ire of the European Union. The EU has described the situation as untenable and contrary to both EU law and World Trade Organisation rules. According to Mr Timothy Clarke, head of the EU Delegation in Tanzania, the deal needs to be sealed swiftly.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010

African nations on the 25th January urged European governments to resist calls for a new round of legal ivory sales and protect the world's elephant population. Representatives of the 17-country Coalition for the African Elephant came to Brussels seeking support after Tanzania and Zambia each requested fresh authorisations from international regulators. "We are asking the European Union to take a clear stance in support of a nine-year moratorium adopted in 2007 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)," Kenyan Forest and Fauna Minister Noah Wekesa told journalists. Experts say some 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks -- out of total numbers of perhaps half a million.

Dr Jonathan Aremu, a consultant to the Common Investment Market of ECOWAS, has urged the European Union (EU) to show commitment in developing Nigeria's infrastructure before the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is signed. The EPA is a trade agreement being negotiated currently between West Africa and the EU to open up the West African market to products from Europe. Aremu said without developing the country's infrastructure, concluding the EPA negotiations would not be possible in the near future.