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Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Although the region has concluded a deal on market access to the European Union, there remain fundamental disagreements on trade in services. The EastAfrican has learnt that the matter will be left out of any deals signed this year as countries want it handled at a bilateral level. Economic Partnership Agreement, deal with rules under which nationals of one country can sell their expertise in the services sector of another World Trade Organisation member country.
Friday, 12 February 2010
It is imperative for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) to move towards aligning its internal activities faster before conclusion of a final Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, says Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Jabulile Mashwama. Reports say the EU reckons EPA negotiations could be finalised by the end of the year, if there was “real political will” to settle the agreement. The EPA negotiating bloc comprising Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique is expected to meet internally in mid-February before resuming official negotiations with the EU.
The 2989th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 18 January 2010 took note of the request made by the Belgian delegation, supported by the German, Lithuanian and Austrian delegations, for the Commission to take a view on whether, under WTO rules, it could be possible to increase the quantities for export of out of quota sugar (5391/10), and of the comments made by the Portuguese delegation, as well as of the reply of the Commission representative.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
The European Commission has officially announced the winner of the EU organic logo competition.Over the past two months, some 130,000 people have voted online to choose the new organic symbol from three finalists.The winning design is by Dusan Milenkovic, a student from Germany,who gained 63 % of the overall vote for his “Euro-leaf” logo.From July 1, 2010, the organic logo of the EU will be obligatory on all pre-packaged organic products that have been produced in any of the EU Member States and meet the necessary standards.It will be optional for imported products.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The European Commission welcomes the Council Decision of 25 January 2010 fully re-establishing cooperation with Mauritania and confirms the resumption of enhanced political dialogue with Mauritania’s various political actors.This new decision means that the National Indicative Programme for Mauritania under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF),signed before the coup d’état of August 2008,can now be implemented.
Tuesday, 09 February 2010
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has urged the government to renegotiate the implementation date of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) until the country’s industry achieves further recovery. News agency New Ziana quoted the CZI president Joseph Kanyekanye on Wednesday as saying that Zimbabwe’s industry was still fragile and was unlikely to have fully recovered to be in a position to compete with goods from Europe by 2013.
Despite soaring sugar prices resulting from poor cane harvests, European beet growers are blocked from exporting their surplus sugar, despite repeated requests. Enough is enough! Europe has produced record sugar production this year, thanks to the favourable weather conditions for sugar beet cultivation. The EU thus has a sugar surplus of several million tonnes, but is currently restricted by an export ceiling of 1.35 million tonnes imposed by the WTO. For years, thanks to subsidies from Brussels, European sugar flooded the world market, despite the fact that its price was far higher than that of the market.
Harlem Désir expressed his general support for the Partnership between the European Union and ACP countries, but stated that the historically special relationship should not be lost by the need to comply with certain rules, for example, of the WTO.In particular, the partnership should maintain coherence between the Union’s policies as a whole – commercial and budgetary – and development objectives in ACP countries, including the promotion of peace, security, democracy and human rights. Rather than imposing a model, the EU should work with these countries to help create their own, sustainable development.
Friday, 05 February 2010
The three proposals for the EU organic logo, that was being until January 31, raised critical comments within the organic industry in many EU Member States, including the Flanders' organic association BioForum. The new EU logo will be displayed on all organically certified products of the European Union, and the winner will be compulsory on all organic products of the member Countries in addition to existing national ones. The organic industry, however, is very unsatisfied with the three proposals as "they have no visible link with the sector. One could ask the question whether the consumer is aware the an organic product is involved" director Leen Laenens of BioForum says in a statement.  
New GM crop trials are to be carried out in Britain after a trial by Leeds University successfully produced GM potatoes in 2009. The scientists who carried out the trial are to apply for a licence to continue testing crops in 2010 on dedicated testing farms around the UK. The government's chief scientific advisor, John Beddington, recently spoke out to the farming community advising a 'green revolution' to help combat problems of exploding population size and rising temperatures, according to the Guardian. The measures he advocated included nanotechnology and GM farming.