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Monday, 23 July 2018
"I note with great concern that provisional figures for farm incomes per worker in 2009 show a decline of 12.2 percent across the EU as a whole. Clearly, the economic crisis has had a very serious effect on our farmers, with lower demand and relatively high production costs. This situation highlights more clearly than ever the need for a strong, modern and effective Common Agricultural Policy. Direct payments provide a basic level of income for farmers, cushioning them from price fluctuations. They still have a crucial role to play, representing roughly a third of farm income in the EU. Market measures can act as a real safety net in times of difficulty. The rapid actions taken by the Commission during the recent dairy crisis are a perfect illustration of what the CAP can provide when necessary. Rural Development measures can also help, particularly when they are linked to restructuring or promote services like environmental protection which are not remunerated through the market.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Dairy officeholders from the UK farming unions have met to discuss the current dairy market situation and ensure that recent European developments benefit UK producers. The unions agreed a common position on ambitions for the European Commission's recently established High Level Milk Group and the urgent need for the UK to draw down its 29 million euro share of the EU's emergency dairy fund. Speaking after the meeting, NFU Dairy Board chairman Gwyn Jones said: "There is complete agreement between us that active dairy farmers should receive and benefit from this fund in the spirit that it was offered by the Commission-that is to provide some short term relief to milk producers in a year that has been dominated by falling prices".
On 10 and 11 December 2009 the 3rd ACP Civil Society Forum was held at the ACP House in Brussels. Representatives from ACP Civil Society came together to discuss how to move forward after many years of silence and inactivity. In 1997 the Forum was established by ACP Civil Society organizations from the ACP regions in Entebbe, Uganda with the aim to provide a platform for civil society actors in the ACP countries, where they could articulate views and concerns, share information and facilitate dialogue with official ACP-EU institutions in order to support and strengthen the participation of ACP Civil Society in the ACP-EU development cooperation. The follow up was an impressive and unique Conference on the Participation of Civil Society in the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement, organised in July 2001 by the Belgian EU Presidency and the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
Monday, 11 January 2010

European Parliament:
- 11 and 14 January: Committee meetings
- 12-14 January: Political groups meetings

EU Presidency:
- 11 January: Council of Agriculture and Fishing

ACP Secretariat:
- 14 January: Consultative Group on Sugar ; Committee of Ambassadors
- 15 January: W/G on Sugar + Commission

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage

Dr Hans Herren is our guest this week. Dr. Hans Herren, an internationally recognized scientist, is the President of the Millennium Institute since May 2005. On the occasion of his participation in the Brussels Development Briefing on food crisis in ACP countries, Mr. Herren is explaining to us the role played by the Institute concerning the Millenium Development Goals. M. Herren presents also the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology (IAASTD), which is an assessment of agriculture by reviewing the last 50 years in science, technology and knowledge as to better define what we should do in the next 50 years to resolve issues food security, nutrition security and also environmental issues.
Friday, 08 January 2010
Ranieri Sabatucci – who is in charge of the Pacific region at the European Commission’s Development Directorate-General – talks about how climate change will affect different parts of the developing world and the EU’s efforts to help them.
Thursday, 07 January 2010
The latest issue of Défis Sud, the newsletter published by SOS Faim, looks at the Congo - a country the size on a continent in the centre of Africa, with tremendous agricultural and rural potential. However, the rulers of the Democratic Republic of Congo need to proceed beyond a mining-based vision of the economy and strengthen the true productive forces of their country, most of which lie in the agricultural sector. At the same time, they must be careful to safeguard the Congo’s fabulous natural heritage. By drawing up an Agricultural Code, the Congolese government is declaring its ambition to find the means to revive agriculture, fisheries and livestock rearing. This dossier highlights the advantages the government possesses and the obstacles it will need to overcome.
Martinique’s banana growers have cause for concern. The European Union has signed an agreement ending the preferential tariffs they previously enjoyed. The conflict between Latin American and ACP banana producers regarding EU customs tariffs had raged for over ten years. The EU rules allowed ACP producers, and therefore Caribbean countries, to export their produce to Europe at very low tariffs. This incensed «dollar banana» growers who were obliged to pay 176 Euros per tonne of fruit. The World Trade Organisation had ruled against the measure several times.
Wednesday, 06 January 2010
Success at the Doha trade talks could stimulate economic recovery worldwide, but the European Commission must stick to its negotiating brief on market access for farm and non-farm products and services, said Parliament in a resolution approved in Strasbourg.