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Friday, 20 July 2018
The 2968th Council meeting on Environment held in Luxembourg on 21 October 2009 endorsed the outcome of the International Maritime Organisation Conference on Ship Recycling in May 2009 and the adoption of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (“Hong Kong Convention”).  The Council invited the Commission to encourage voluntary actions by maritime stakeholders, such as an EU wide public awareness campaign, an award for best practices, promotion of the use of inventories for hazardous materials and of certificates foreseen in the Hong Kong Convention, as well as the greening of existing recycling facilities, while taking fully into account the provisions in the Hong Kong Convention and its guidelines.
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
The 2970th Council meeting on General Affairs and External Relations held in Luxembourg on 26 October 2009 adopted a regulation opening and providing for the management of Community tariff quotas for imports of certain fishery products for the period 2010 to 2012. The regulation continues a similar regime to that established by regulation 824/2007 for the period 2007 to 2009, which expires on 31 December 2009, in order to guarantee the appropriate supply conditions for the EU's processing industry for the period 2010 to 2012.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
The 2966th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg, 19 October 2009 approved the sending of letters to the authorities of Equatorial Guinea and South Africa, confirming the EU's support for these countries to be granted with an observer status within the ACP/EU joint institutions. In accordance with the ACP/EU council's rules of procedure, observer status can be granted to a country from the moment it files its application for accession to the ACP/UE agreement.
At the 2966th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 19 and 20 October, the European Community and its Member States recognize that while agricultural commodity prices have decreased globally since their peak in mid-2008, they remain relatively high, especially in many developing countries, compared to the situation before 2005. The food crisis has had devastating effects on the poor and vulnerable, many of whom have been unable to secure access to adequate amounts of food.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
The 2966th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Luxembourg on 19 October 2009 reached political agreement on a regulation establishing a modernised system for inspection, monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy throughout the market chain, "from net to plate".
Thursday, 22 October 2009
WWF has expressed disappointment that despite the good progress represented by 21 out of 27 European Union Member States confirming their support for an international trade ban for endangered Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna, this majority is not enough for EU countries to sponsor a proposal to this effect. The global conservation organization calls for the support of other countries.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Africa is asking its team of trade negotiators working on the Economic Partnership Agreement to focus on economic development before deciding on opening up markets to the European Union. Mr Erastus Mwencha, the deputy head of African Union Commission, says the continent should not be tied to timelines on the deal that envisages full access to African markets by 2025. Mr Mwencha on Monday told the EU-Africa Business forum in Nairobi that the proposed date was unrealistic. Africa will wait for national incomes and the efficiency of its industries improve to compete with the EU, the official said.
A team from the European Commission delegation in Barbados was in Antigua to discuss political and economic developments in the country as part of the annual Mid Term Review of projects and programmes. The Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration is the public sector mechanism that will be the main beneficiary of 10th European Development Fund (EDF) support.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
A draft EU-Guinea fisheries partnership agreement was rejected by a small majority in the Fisheries Committee on Thursday, after the Guinean government's use of force led to the deaths of over 100 civilians in Conakry on Monday. The deal would provide €450,000 a year in EU funding to develop Guinea's fisheries sector, and allow EU boats to fish in Guinean waters.
Monday, 05 October 2009
Dr. Len Ishmael, Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is visiting Finland hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 14-15 September. Len Ishmael from St. Lucia leads the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), formed by nine island states in the Eastern Caribbean. Established in 1981, the organisation has developed the cooperation between the member states so that the countries currently have a common Currency Union and central bank, close cooperation between the respective judicial systems, and strivings for closer political collaboration.