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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, informed agriculture ministers that a High Level Expert Group on Milk will begin work next week to discuss medium and long-term arrangements for the dairy sector given the expiry of milk quotas on 1 April 2015. The Commissioner told a lunch meeting of ministers that the HLG will study whether new arrangements should be put in place which can further contribute to stabilising the market and producers' incomes, reducing price volatility and enhancing market transparency. The Commissioner also briefed ministers on the most recent package of proposals the Commission is preparing to support the dairy market and gave an update on the market situation, which shows that prices for dairy products are picking up.

NGOs and trade unions met with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso at a Brussels conference held by the Spring Alliance, the EU’s largest civil society coalition. The meeting came with high expectations in the social and environmental fields as well as on the international scene, as the world enters a critical phase: deep in economic crisis, with EU unemployment at a ten-year high and climate change an indisputable reality.
Wednesday, 07 October 2009
- The European Union and its member states are fully committed to comprehensive policies and practice that promote sustainable economic, social and human development, aim to address the causes of poverty, and are based on human rights, gender equality, justice and democracy;
- The rights and responsibilities of citizens and organised civil society, to influence those representing them in governments and EU institutions, are promoted and respected.
Tuesday, 06 October 2009

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, today signed a €165 million Regional Strategy Paper/Regional Indicat ive Programme (RSP/RIP) for Central Africa. Central Africa was represented by Antoine Ntsimi, President of the Commission of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CAEMC) and Louis Sylvain-Goma, Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The programme will help support regional and economic integration in this part of Africa.

The Commission has issued a call for proposals with a total budget of 3.25 million which intends, among other things, to raise the general public's awareness of the CAP (including rural development dimension) in the States members, to discuss the EU policy on agricultural product quality and deal with farming communities and the medium and long term development prospects for the CAP with agricultural stakeholders and the general public. TV and radio campaigns; exchanges and information visits; visual, radio and audiovisual productions and distribution thereof; Information stands at agricultural fairs; activities at schools and universities, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. will be funded by this call.
Monday, 05 October 2009
Mr. Vincenzo Galastro of the African Agriculture Fund (AAF) is our special guest this week. Mr Galastro, was in Brussels for the 13th Development Briefing on the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries, and he talked to us about the African Agriculture Fund.
Thursday, 01 October 2009
Ministers and National Authorising Officers of ACP member States of COMESA, EAC, IGAD and IOC, their chief executives, and high level Officials of the European Commission held a two-day high level meeting in Zambia’s capital Lusaka on 14th to 15th September, 2009. The joint high-level meeting was held under the theme “Enhancing delivery on the regional integration agenda in the ESA-IO region”. Key issues The meeting discussed latest developments on regional integration in the Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region, and more specifically concerning the use of EC funding for regional integration.
Dr. Len Ishmael, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is visiting Finland hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 14-15 September. Len Ishmael from St. Lucia leads the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), formed by nine island states in the Eastern Caribbean. Established in 1981, the organisation has developed the cooperation between the member states so that the countries currently have a common Currency Union and central bank, close cooperation between the respective judicial systems, and strivings for closer political collaboration.

The European Union is sticking to its guns that the integrated rum programme, which funds the modernisation of the rum producing plants in Cariforum countries and prepares regional producers for full liberalisation of the EU rum market, will not be extended after the planned end date of June 2010. This is despite continuing lobby efforts by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Association (WIRSPA) for the seven-year-old programme to be rolled over.

European Union Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnick, paid a visit to African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the framework of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership signed by the African Union (AU) and the EU at the Lisbon Summit in December 2007. Commissioner Potočnick had a meeting with the AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology to discuss the ongoing partnership on science and technology, Mr Jean Pierre Ezin. They reviewed the major fields of cooperation and focused on space research, earth science, environment monitoring as well as peace building partnership. To this regard, Commissioner Potočnick has been briefed on the Department of Peace and Security Continental Early Warning System (CEWS).