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Monday, 22 October 2018

ACP Secretariat

22-24 October: ACP Senior Trade Officials
24 October: Caribbean Region
24-25 October: 21st Ministerial Trade Committee
24 October: 16th Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Committee

European Parliament

22-25 October: European Parliament plenary session

European Council

22 October: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth - Industry
22-23 October: Working Party on International Environment Issues

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Monday, 22 October 2018

ACP Secretariat

15 October: Technical Negotiating Team (Pillar 1)
16-17 October: ACP Fisheries Experts 
17-18 October: Committee of Ambassadors
18 October: Technical Negotiating Team (Pillar 3)
19 October: Joint Technical Committee

European Parliament

15 October: European Parliament Committee Meetings
17 October: Public debate on the future of development with Bill Gates

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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met on 17 October with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the shared engagement and joint work of the EU and the Foundation in support of human development in Africa in particular, including by accelerating digital development. The EU and Mr. Gates also signed an agreement to create a joint fund to invest €100 million in European companies working to stop climate change.

For the first time since 2012, the EU’s aid spending decreased in 2017. This means, at the current rate of growth, the EU would need another 40 years to meet the 0.7% ODA/GNI target, reveals CONCORD AidWatch Report 2018. While the EU remains the world’s largest aid donor, EU aid decreased by 4% compared to 2016 and inflated aid still represented 19% of the total EU aid budget in 2017.

Today (18/10/2018), the Chamber of Representatives approved an amendment of the legal framework in which the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) operates. The amendment is the final element of a thorough reform of BIO. This reform makes the investment company better embedded in the Belgian development policy, strengthens the link with the private sector, and increases the impact of the development initiatives in Belgium’s partner countries.

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