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Thursday, 19 July 2018
The 2976th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 20 November 2009 adopted a regulation establishing a modernised system for inspection, monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) throughout the market chain, "from net to plate". The new regulation includes the provisions on Control and monitoring, sanctions, inspection powers, cooperation among member states and coordinating authority. The new regulation will replace the existing legal framework laid down in Council regulation No 2847/93 as from 1.1.2010 for most of its provisions and as from 1.1.2011 for certain provisions requiring implementing measures.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
The Lisbon Treaty, signed by the 27 Member States in 2007, is set to provide the European Union with modern institutions optimizing working methods to tackle today's challenges in a changing global world. The Lisbon Treaty is going to change the old relationship between EU and ACP countries, rationalizing the EU development architecture. Revisiting the Common Commercial Policy, the Lisbon Treaty changes EU trade policy, which action includes “the integration of all countries into the world economy, including through the progressive abolition of restrictions on international trade”.
'Embedded’ trade analyst helps establish a network of services –the first of its kind in continental Africa. For food producers all over the world, the French gourmet chef is perhaps the most discerning of critics. With one nod of approval deciding the fate of many a high end supplier, it is nonetheless still seen as a prize worth aspiring towards. This is certainly what Uganda is working towards with vanilla. For according to research by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, there is a niche market in countries such as France and the USA.
The governments of Mozambique, Norway and Iceland have pledged to renew their cooperation in fisheries for the period 2009-2013, seeking to improve and make sustainable the exploitation of Mozambican fisheries resources. The programme of fisheries assistance for the next four years will be co-financed by Norway and Iceland to the tune of 27.7 million US dollars in grants, under new bilateral agreements and a tripartite memorandum of understanding. The funds will be used to strengthen the capacity and skills of the fisheries administration in the areas of research, fisheries management, aquaculture, artisanal fishing, quality control and training. It will also finance measures to improve the living conditions of fishing communities, and small and medium sized business activity.
In the context of the EPA negotiations the purpose of the (October 2009) study by the GRET and the AFD is to help fuel the French authorities’ reflection on different interpretations of article XXIV by analysing examples of existing FTAs that have not attracted complaints at the WTO. France views EPAs primarily as instruments to foster the development of ACP countries. It is therefore striving for maximum flexibility with respect to the pace of liberalisation and the extent of openness of ACP markets, wishing to make full use of the "asymmetry" permitted by the EC without overstepping the bounds of WTO rules. The aim is therefore to identify precedents and highlight examples of provisions allowing flexibility with regard to all the points at issue between the ACP regions and the EU in EPA negotiations.

European Parliament (Strasbourg):
- 23-26 November: Plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 23-24 November: Climate Smart Food
- 24 November: ACP Working Party
- 25 November: Coreper I; Working Parties: Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid, International Environment Issues Climate Change, International Environment Issues Desertification, Africa, Foreign Relations Counselors (RELEX), Financial Agricultural Questions
- 26 November: Coreper II; Working Parties: Development Cooperation, Africa, External Fisheries Policy
- 27 November: Working Parties: ACP, External Fisheries Policy, Agricultural Counselors/Attachés

ACP Secretariat (Brussels, Luanda):
- 23 November: African Union; Fisheries Steering Committee
- 25 November: Meetings of ACP members: Committee on Economic Development,
Finance and Trade, Committee on Political Affairs; UNEP
- 26 November: Meeting of the ACP members of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment; MEA Steering Committee; UNEP/MEA; Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- 27 November: 18th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and ACP-EU Joint PA; Regional Consultative meetings
- 28 November: Women’s Forum; Meeting of Committees: Social Affaires and the Environment, Political Affairs; Meeting of ACP members of the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
- 29 November: Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP-EU JPA

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/
Mr Pierre Berthelot, Director Coordination Unit, All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP) & Cos-coton Secretariat, is our guest. Mr Berthelot presents the AAACP: its background and objectives, and its financial allocation. He then explains how the programme works in terms of priority sectors and activities, the role of implementing organizations and the processes that lead to projects selection. He finally stresses the key point raised by the programme’s Mid-term Review and the way forward, together with highlighting some of the positive examples and lessons learnt of the programme.
Monday, 23 November 2009
CTA in partnership with the European Commission-DG Development and EuropeAid, the EU Presidency, the ACP Secretariat, Euforic, IPS Europe and Concord organizes bimonthly Development Briefings in Brussels to raise awareness on key rural development issues with the development community based in Brussels. The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 9th December  and will discuss "From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity" in the context of the new EC policy on Food security to be released. The Briefing will be looking at the domino effects of increased speculation in food markets (How has the global food and financial crisis affected food production and distribution and the food security of the poorest? Is global food production at risk in the medium and long term and will national food security and food sovereignty be the priority over global food availability?  Is the small-scale farming more effective and resilient in times of crisis in least-developed countries?) and the on what realistic policy options can secure food supply and availability at global and local levels.  The meeting will be held on 9th December at Berlaymont from 8h30 to 13h00. You can view outcomes of previous meetings at http://brusselsbriefings.net. For registration please contact: boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int
Friday, 20 November 2009
The “banana wars”, the longestrunning dispute in the history of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is close to being settled. European and Latin American trade officials are pushing for a deal to be signed this week. As a result, the European Union would cut duties significantly on bananas and other tropical products. The move could lead to lower prices for consumers. The transatlantic dispute, which dates from 1993, arose because of the protection afforded by the EU to former British and French colonies in Africa and the Caribbean. Latin American banana exporters, such as Ecuador, complained to the WTO, as did the US, acting to protect its multinational companies, such as Chiquita.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
A new international standard was drawn up for Third Countries' organic export companies to EU by Italian Certification Body ICEA (the first to apply for the EU Commission accreditation) together with the other ACB (Accredited Certification Bodies). The new international standard "Equivalent European Union Organic Production & Processing Standard for Third Countries” drawn by ICEA with the other accredited certification bodies perfectly meets the EU Regulations about organic agriculture. The standard, clear and well organised, is to become the accurate point of reference for all the companies certified by ICEA in Third Countries that want to export their organic certified products to EU.