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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

An informal meeting of agriculture and fisheries ministers organised by the Polish Presidency of the EU Council and chaired by Marek Sawicki, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, will be held on 11-13 September in Wrocław. The meeting will be attended by ministers for agriculture and fisheries from the EU Member States, some EU candidate countries, representatives of the European Commission and the Council, as well as the agricultural organisations.

Monday, 12 September 2011

European Parliament
-12-15 September: Plenary Session (Strasbourg)
Council of Ministers
-12/13 September: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (informal)
-16/17 September: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
-18 September: General Affairs Council
European Commission
-18 September: Weekly meeting of the college (in Strasbourg)
ACP Group
-15 September: Committee of Ambassadors
CTA
-14 September: Briefing on the Major drivers for rural transformation in Africa

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.

Friday, 09 September 2011

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled yesterday (6 September) that honey containing traces of genetically-modified (GM) products, even unintentionally, "must always be regarded as food produced from a GMO," paving the way for compensation claims to farmers whose crops were contaminated.

Thursday, 08 September 2011

The Fisheries Committee in the European Parliament approved a proposal by Swedish MEP Isabella Lövin to increase the budget for marine research in West Africa with €2m. The idea is that the money can be used to sponsor a research vessel that can provide reliable stock assessments. The EU has fisheries agreements with several countries in West Africa, but there is often insufficient information to determine the “surplus  stock” which the European vessels can access.

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on the 14 September 2011 and will be organised in partnership with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency. We will discuss the main challenges involved in rural transformation processes by sharing different perspectives on rural transformation processes across continents. We will then focus on rural employment and rural labour markets needed to create growth and economic development.

European Parliament
-8 September: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
Council of Ministers
-5/6 September: Transport Council (informal)
-11 September: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (informal)
-7 September: Coreper I
-8 September: Coreper II
European Commission
-7 September: New communication on external energy policy
-8 September: Weekly meeting of the college
Polish Presidency
-8 September: Conference: Food and nutrition in the 21st century

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.

Friday, 02 September 2011

According to directive 91/414/EEC, all phytopharmaceutical products that are used in the European Union have to be examined. The examination period started in 1993 and will elapse at the end of 2012. This examination process has allowed the Commission to establish a new list of approved active substances (which can be found in the annex of the directive 91/414/EEC). The member states may only authorise phytopharmaceutical products whose substances are mentioned in the list.

Thursday, 01 September 2011

A group of former Soviet Bloc countires have called on the European Commission to act without discrimination towards new member states in its upcoming review of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In a joint declaration, agriculture ministers from the Visegrad Four countries (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), together with Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia, called on the European Commission to implement the upcoming reform of the CAP fairly, and without discrimination towards new member states.

The European Commission today adopted a proposal that will, when implemented, further enhance food safety and better safeguard animal health in the EU. In particular, the Commission proposal provides the legal framework for the introduction, for the first time and on a voluntary basis, of an electronic identification system (EID) for bovine animals. Bovine EID is already used in several EU Member States on a private basis mainly for farm management purposes.

As World Water Week got under way last week, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs reaffirmed the EU's commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goal pledge of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.