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Monday, 15 October 2018

European Parliament (Strasbourg):
- 23-26 November: Plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 23-24 November: Climate Smart Food
- 24 November: ACP Working Party
- 25 November: Coreper I; Working Parties: Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid, International Environment Issues Climate Change, International Environment Issues Desertification, Africa, Foreign Relations Counselors (RELEX), Financial Agricultural Questions
- 26 November: Coreper II; Working Parties: Development Cooperation, Africa, External Fisheries Policy
- 27 November: Working Parties: ACP, External Fisheries Policy, Agricultural Counselors/Attachés

ACP Secretariat (Brussels, Luanda):
- 23 November: African Union; Fisheries Steering Committee
- 25 November: Meetings of ACP members: Committee on Economic Development,
Finance and Trade, Committee on Political Affairs; UNEP
- 26 November: Meeting of the ACP members of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment; MEA Steering Committee; UNEP/MEA; Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- 27 November: 18th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and ACP-EU Joint PA; Regional Consultative meetings
- 28 November: Women’s Forum; Meeting of Committees: Social Affaires and the Environment, Political Affairs; Meeting of ACP members of the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
- 29 November: Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP-EU JPA

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/
Monday, 23 November 2009
The 2974th External Relations Council meeting held in Brussels on 17 November 2009 welcomed the work done under the Swedish Presidency and calls for further work on the idea of establishing an integrated approach to maritime surveillance, through a common information sharing environment in order to promote more interoperability and make best use of existing systems on a cross-sectoral basis, and facilitate safe and secure exchange of information while ensuring complementarity of efforts, thus improving safety, security, cost effectiveness and efficiency, maritime situational awareness, and the facilitation of maritime transport calling at a European port or passing through European waters or its approaches.

The 2974th External Relations Council meeting held in Brussels on 17 November 2009 called on EU Member States and the Commission to further integrate adaptation, risk reduction, mitigation efforts, into development cooperation policies, strategies and activities, building on dialogue with partner countries and, inter alia, on the Council Conclusions on an EU strategy for Supporting Disasters Risk Reduction in Developing Countries, and the Council Conclusions on Integrating Environment in Development Cooperation. In this regard, the Council supports the OECD guidance on integrating climate change adaptation into development cooperation as well as work on developing a climate change adaptation marker. The Council noted that the 10th EDF Mid-Term Review and other relevant and similar reviews of geographic and thematic instruments provide an opportunity to enhance the integration of climate change issues into development cooperation.

Friday, 20 November 2009
Further to the modification proposal of part of the protocol on specially protected areas and biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea, which was signed in 1977 in the framework of the agreement on Marine Environment and Shore Protection in the Mediterranean (Barcelona treaty), the EU is working on the position to adopt with this regard. The Barcelona treaty is aimed to prevent, reduce and fight pollution in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as protect and improve the marine environment in the region in order to contribute to sustainable development. This inter-governamental treaty was born as a scheme within the UN Environment Progamme, ANSA news agency reported.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Over the past few years, biofuels made from organic crops have been widely touted by European leaders as a solution for reducing dependency on oil and gas in transportation and for mitigating climate change. Arguably this century’s greatest challenge. In that time, biofuels have come to dominate not only the debate on renewable fuels but government support for them as well. From financial investment to political capital, much has been expended to breathe life into a viable European biofuel industry. Yet, despite the tremendous political support, there is now strong evidence to indicate that biofuels produced from agricultural harvests are more costly than fossil fuels in several alarming ways. While the European Union alleges that its biofuels policy is a necessary and environmentally friendly measure to address the urgency of climate change and energy security worries, it has put forward little in the way of countering the mounting evidence lodged against its policy.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can benefit all EU citizens, if equipped to face new challenges such as climate change, food security and water management, but it must be maintained and supported to meet new global demands, agreed most Agriculture Committee MEPs on Tuesday, in a workshop on the CAP's future after 2013.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Mr Jean-Philippe Rapp, Director of the International Media North South Forum, is our guest. On the occasion of his participation in the Brussels Development Briefing on the importance of media in the development of ACP countries, Mr. Rapp presented to us the International Media North South Forum, which for 25 years now provides a platform to discuss development issues at the global level and the main future challenges amongst television, radio and print media specialists. After being debated in September in Geneva, Switzerland, the theme of hunger is again the focus of discussions at the next International Forum on North-South Media which should be held in 2010 in Burkina Faso.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
As expected, discussions at the European Council of 29 and 30 October ran aground on the issue of the EU’s contribution to helping developing countries tackle climate change. After two days of discussions the member states were still loath to commit funds. Finally, in spite of German reluctance, the 27 signalled their agreement with the Commission’s estimate that the cost of climate change adaptation in developing countries will reach about 100 billion Euros a year between now and 2020. However, there was no willingness to state how much the European Union will be putting on the table at the international negotiations or to be more specific about the 22 to 50 billion of the 100 billion which are to come from international public financing, despite a request to that effect from the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
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.
This paper provides a description of the EU’s biofuel policies, set in the context of its overall policy framework on renewable and bioenergy, and their interface with the WTO legal system. Although undoubtedly influenced by concerns about security of energy supplies, and a wish to find alternative market outlets for European farmers, the EU’s policy for biofuels (defined in EU legislation as liquid and gaseous fuels for transport use) is associated closely with its more generic policies to promote bioenergy, which in legislative terms is embedded in its policy on renewable energy, part of its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.