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Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Bahamas' services offer attached to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is moving "closer" to being fully accepted by the European Union. "It is not yet concluded," confirmed a source close to the ongoing negotiations last Friday. "But they say we are very close." It's good news for The Bahamas, given the offer was expected to have already been accepted by now. It follows both a spring and subsequent summer delay. Ongoing negotiations relative to finalizing a services offer are critical to The Bahamas' total EPA agreement.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009
On the 19th of October, CTA attended the conference on “Toxic pollution in the Developing World” at Aidco Infopoint, European Commission. The presentation was given by the founder of Blacksmith Institute, an entity taking action to eradicate toxic pollution in the developing world. The above mentioned institute is currently undertaking an inventory project on the worst toxic hotspots around the world, supported by the European Commission, and aims further at creating a “Health and Pollution Fund” ($500 million), composed of contributions from governments and multi-lateral donors, to fight legacy pollution in developing countries.
A draft review of the European Union's budget has shocked contributors such as France as spending priorities are shifted from farm policy to the EU's economic renewal, climate change and energy as well as foreign relations. The European Commission's draft budget review is raising eyebrows in EU circles. The proposal seeks a "root and branch reform" of the 130 billion euro annual budget, which currently devotes 45% of spending to agricultural policies. It proposes redirecting funds to policies which address key challenges such as globalisation and suggests more flexibility in allocating funds, with the current system considered to be too "rigid" and seen as leading to "inertia".
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Saturday was the final day of European Development Days. The theme was climate change. “My message to the climate change conference in Copenhagen is that our voices, the voices of the poor, the vulnerable, those who have no capacity to face the challenges of climate change, must be heard.” This was what Prime Minister of Haiti Michèle Duvivier said at the meeting in Stockholm.

“If you fail to understand the plight of my people, you will lead your own nations down a parallel course.”
President of Micronesia Emanuel Mori held an impassioned speech on the final day of European Development Days. He drew attention to the fact that his country will disappear beneath the sea if nothing is done about climate change.

In his book «Vaincre la faim. Pour en finir avec l'inacceptable...» (Eradicating Hunger, Ending the Unacceptable) former Agriculture minister François Guillaume attacks the outrage of world hunger and presents a plan to mend the North-South divide. As an alternative to the free reign of market forces he advocates market regulation and organisation.
Monday, 26 October 2009
A study released during European Development Days in Stockholm, entitled “Aid Effectiveness: benefits of a European Approach”, reveals that European donors could make efficiency gains of billions of euros each year if they worked better together.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Honourable Ms. Nita Deerpalsing, Member of Parliament of Mauritius and Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), is our guest this week. At the occasion of the JPA meeting held in Brussels, Ms. Deerpalsing shared with us the role, objectives and the functions of the JPA, a consultative assembly key in the EU-ACP cooperation. For two years, Ms. Deerpalsing is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment. From her point of view, the social impact of economic crisis and social and environmental consequences of climate change are two key issues which the ACP countries face. Mauritius in particular, although a relatively prosperous country with solid institutions, is prone to lose everything in extreme weather brought by climate change. While mitigation strategies and adaptation should be implemented, future development of less developed countries should be also sustainable. The global crisis has indeed a strong social impact in ACP countries, as today one billion people suffer hunger and therefore cannot contribute to the prosperity of their country.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
MEPs agreed to set up a special committee on the financial and economic crisis with 45 members and a 12-month mandate. It will assess the extent and impact of the crisis on Member States and propose measures to rebuild stable financial markets.

The 2009 World Food Day on 16 October is marked by an EU stronger than ever in its commitment to improve access to food around the world. With the commitment made at the G8 meeting in Aquila for more than € 2 billion, in addition to the 'EU €1 billion Food Facility', the EU is the world's biggest contributor to global food security.