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Monday, 16 July 2018
The challenges awaiting the EU at the forthcoming UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen were presented by Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas to MEPs of the Environment Committee on Wednesday. Members then quizzed the Commissioner on the financing and efficiency of new measures to combat climate change.
Responding to the Commission’s Communication and report on Policy Coherence for Development, CONCORD released a report appealing for Europe to stop harming developing countries with its policies. The “Spotlight on Policy Coherence” report looks at the damaging impact that EU policies such as trade and agriculture are having on developing countries, effectively undoing all of the potential achievements of its development aid.
The Routledge GARNET series, Europe in the World, provides a forum for innovative research and current debates emanating from the research community within the GARNET Network of Excellence "Global Governance, regionalisation and Regulation: The Role of the EU", a project supported by the 6th Research Framework Programme of the European Commission. The Routledge GARNET series will provide an outlet for research on a wide range of issues related to regulation in the context of regional and global governance, the representation and participation of the EU in global governance, and regionalism in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
The European Commission announced the launch of a second phase of the ACP-EU Energy Facility under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2009-2013. Following a first successful implementation phase, the European Union and the ACP Group of States agreed to set aside € 200 million to continue activities to improve access to sustainable and affordable energy services for the poor while contributing to the fight against climate change by focusing on renewable energy solutions and energy efficiency measures.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
For the first time since the Commitment to Development Index was published in 2003, Sweden ranks first in the annual assessment of wealthy countries' policies that boost prosperity in the developing world. Index architect David Roodman released the 2009 rankings at the European Development Days in Stockholm on October 22.
Three to six billion Euros of European ODA is wasted each year due to the lack of implementation of existing aid effectiveness commitments. This is the main finding of the new report “Aid Effectiveness Agenda. Benefits of a European Approach” which has been released by the European Commission at the European Development Days in Stockholm. The report investigates the costs of five dimensions of aid ineffectiveness: the lack of division of labour, tied aid, volatility and unpredictability, and finally the cost incurred when recipient country public financial systems are not used and government ownership is weak.
The European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) project has engaged with a local cocoa exporting company based in Honiara to support communities and provide an alternative source of livelihood. Direct Management Limited (DML) is one of the 14 enterprises the FACT project is supporting. By engaging with this company, the project aims to improve the entire cocoa supply chain in order to benefit the industry as a whole. The FACT project is managed within the Land Resource Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community with the goal of increasing agricultural and forestry trade within the region and exports from it by ensuring a consistent and quality supply.
Monday, 09 November 2009
The report and the Reader prepared for the Briefing on “Upgrading to compete in a globalised world: What opportunities and challenges for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries?” held on 23rd September 2009 give a summary of the subject as well as resources and references available online. All the relevant documents from the speakers, the audio and video material (in English and French) on this subject are online at: http://brusselsbriefings.net.
Friday, 06 November 2009
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors have expressed concerns to the European Union on the threats of climate change to the ACP countries, and urged the Europeans to help them combat the threats. The ACP Committee of Ambassadors was given the opportunity to raise their concerns to Swedish Ambassador, H.E Mr. Christian Danielsson, and the Director General for Development of the European Commission, Mr. Stefano Manservisi, in a meeting at the ACP House. Sweden holds the presidency of the EU at present. Besides, climate change, both parties also exchanged views on the recently ratified Lisbon Treaty and its effects on the ACP-EU relations and the global financial and economic crisis.
Thursday, 05 November 2009
The video recordings of the 14th Brussels Briefing session "ACP rural development: why media matters?" are now available online.