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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Six member States refuse to allow funds from the Common Agricultural Policy to be used as food aid to the poor. On 1 January 2012, the budget for assistance to 18 million Europeans may drop from 480 to 113.5 million euros.

Kenya's Prime Minister was the first world leader to sign a ground-breaking Charter that would make deadly food crises like the one gripping East Africa a thing of the past. The document, A Charter to End Extreme Hunger, was launched on Saturday as heads of state and other delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in New York focused on the East Africa crisis.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Rio+20 must rise to the challenge of paving the way for a new economic order, where sustainability and not just GDP is a key concept, argued the European Economic and Social Committee during a debate with Janez Potočnik, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, and Ricardo Neiva Tavares, Head of the Mission of Brazil to the EU. The Commissioner made it clear that the Rio+20 could not succeed without the constructive input of civil society.

London and Warsaw have put themselves firmly on a collision course with France over the upcoming reform of the EU's farm policy, calling for a "modernisation of European agriculture" which they claim currently "protects outdated practices of the past." The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which currently absorbs about 40% of the EU's €130 billion annual budget, should be radically overhauled to focus on competitiveness and protecting the environment, the two countries said in a statement.

Monday, 26 September 2011

European Parliament
-26-29 September: European Parliament Plenary Session (Strasbourg)
-26-29 September: Committees in the European Parliament (Strasbourg)
Council of Ministers
-26 September: Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
-28 September: Coreper I, Coreper II
European Commission
-27 September: Weekly meeting of the college (Strasbourg)

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The ACP Sugar Group has recently been made aware through media reports of an “impact study” made by and for the European Commission.  This study refers to proposals for changes in the European sugar regime. Though Commission consultations appear to be on-going, the press presents these proposals as those the Commission favours. It is hoped that this is not accurate as some of the key assumptions and results are more than questionable.

A new study assessing the availability and stability of food supplies in 196 countries has rated the food security of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the lowest in the world, while countries in the drought stricken Horn of Africa are also at “extreme risk”.

Friday, 23 September 2011

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reformed in 2014 and the proposals for the reform will be published in October, but some leaks have already occurred. Over the summer, information has been circulated according to which Brussels plans to cap and phase down agricultural aid. Recently, the European agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos announced that 30% of all subsidies will be conditional upon environmental criteria.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

European Parliament
-19/22 September: Committees in the European Parliament
Council of Ministers
-19/20 September: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
-19/20 September: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (informal)
-19-25 September: General Affairs Council
European Commission
-21 September: Weekly meeting of the college
ACP Group
-20 September: Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors

You can also read our newspaper “CTA Brussels Daily” (fed by our Twitter account), follow our new Facebook group CTABrussels and our Twitter account CTABrussels to receive up-to-date information on EU-ACP events.

The promotion of goat milk production will get under way in Knockpatrick, Manchester, next month under a project being funded by the European Union (EU) and executed by two other international agencies, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).