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Monday, 21 August 2017
The European Commission has announced phase two of the ACP-EU Water Facility, setting aside €200 million to help to tackle water and sanitation problems in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It will launch a call for proposals at the beginning of 2010. Between 2004 and 2006, the Water Facility financed 175 proposals, contributing €414.5 million out of the total project costs of €788 million. European institutions have doubled their support to the water and sanitation sector since 2002 . They are also spending more on basic water supply and sanitation for the poor - up from 22% of the aid in 2007 to 37% in 2009, and relatively less on large water supply and sanitation systems. EU donors give on average €1 billion every year to the water and sanitation sector, according to EUWI, the EU Water Initiative.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Europe's cautious approach to genetically modified crops is having a negative effect on agriculture in Africa, according to a group of farmers. A delegation of African farmers met with EU policymakers in Brussels to discuss the role of biotechnology in tackling the food crisis.
The European Commission is considering imposing an EU-wide tax on CO2 emissions on sectors such as transport and agriculture, which are currently not covered by the bloc's cap-and-trade scheme for carbon dioxide. The proposed amendment of the 2003 Energy Taxation Directive would oblige member states to levy a CO2 tax on fuels in order to cut emissions. The Commission reckons that the EU's policy framework has "changed radically" since the adoption of the existing legislation, which it wants to bring in line with the bloc's ambitious climate goals.
Under the EU’s previous Framework Programme for Research (FP6, 2002-2006), a total of 17 cooperative malaria research projects were supported to the tune of about EUR 64 million. Under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research or FP7 (2007-2013), the more structured approach to European research in the field of malaria is being consolidated and reinforced.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009

European Commission called public authorities, business, and researchers to join efforts in order to develop by 2020 the necessary technologies to address climate change, secure EU energy supply and ensure the competitiveness of our economies. In a proposal on "Investing in the development of low-carbon energy technologies", the Commission estimates that an additional investment of €50 billion in energy technology research will be needed over the next 10 years. This means almost tripling the annual investment in the European Union, from €3 to €8 billion.

Thursday, 08 October 2009

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.

Phosphorus is an essential, critical and limited nutrient in crop production with no alternative substitutes. All living organisms require phosphorus to grow and it forms part of important life sustaining molecules such as DNA and RNA.
Wednesday, 07 October 2009
The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has decided to appoint a chief scientific advisor to assist the incoming European Commission with decisions on matters such GMOs authorisation and climate change. “We need a fundamental review of the way the European institutions access and use scientific advice,” said President Barroso on 15 September, announcing his intention to institute the function of chief scientific advisor.
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 JPA will be holding its 4th Regional Meeting (West Africa) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 28 to 30 October 2009. The meeting will be chaired jointly by the two JPA Co-Presidents and will bring together 16 JPA parliamentarians from the West African region and 16 MEPs. The main issues to be discussed include the regional integration process, the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement, climate change, political stability and security, and the impact of the global food and financial crisis on the region.