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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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)

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 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).

Friday, 16 September 2011

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.