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Development-proofing EU’s agricultural policy
Radical reforms of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy that “is bad for EU taxpayers and does not effectively address today’s emerging global challenges” are urgently needed, finds a research project led by ODI. Investigating how current and proposed CAP measures affect development, it provides policy recommendations for the upcoming reform of the EU’s agricultural policy. Two background papers by ECDPM experts involved in the research reviewed the perspectives and positions of stakeholders on the upcoming reform and proposed options for improving monitoring global effects of the CAP.  


Policy News

Three things African ministers of agriculture and trade must discuss
Originally scheduled for last month, the postponed African Union joint conference of ministers of agriculture and trade will eventually take place next week. ECDPM’s Francesco Rampa, who will participate, has identified three issues ministers have to address to jointly boost intra-African trade and enhance food security. Emphasizing the importance of building bridges between agriculture and trade policies and processes, in his new Briefing Note Rampa explains how policy makers could better explore synergies, linkages and complementarities between the two sectors.

Regional integration focus of latest issue of GREAT Insights
As regional trade agreements are currently multiplying at unprecedented pace, reasons for integration seem to be clear. But views diverge on almost everything else, like the form, breadth and depth of integration, writes Kathleen van Hove in the editorial of the latest issue of GREAT Insights. A broad range of articles in the November issue give an overview of the political dynamics driving integration processes and the way external partners support it. In an exclusive article EU Development Commissioner Piebalgs outlines Europe’s new approach to supporting Regional Economic Communities. A feature by Amanda Sunnasse Lam compares the pragmatic business-driven Asian experience with the institution-heavy African approach. This issue of GREAT Insights also includes the regular EPA update.

Time to change donor-recipient mentality in Africa and EU
The next EU-Africa summit scheduled for early 2014 provides an opportunity for a relaunch of a comprehesive inter-continental relationship which takes account of Africa’s new priorities and concerns according to a new policy briefing from Friends of Europe. For the EU, it is important to stop viewing Africa as a problem and instead look at it  as an opportunity. Discussions should move beyond questions of aid to include political and security issues, investments, infrastructure development and global challenges such as climate change and energy security. The paper also quotes ECDPM’s Geert Laporte who insists that the current “donor-recipient mentality has to change – on both sides”.

EEAS: scepticism dissipates, but no full endorsement
There is general recognition that collective European foreign policy is preferable to individual member states “going it alone”, especially in their relations with major powers, according to a new study by the Centre for European Policy Studies. The paper, which includes articles from 9 EU Member States shows, however that many still question the capacity of the EEAS to act effectively, diplomatically, and strategically, when required to do so. It cites a French observation: “the bureaucratic machinery obviates ambition and the development of strategic policies; and the right expertise is sometimes lacking.”

Mediation gains importance in EU's peace toolbox
For over a decade, the EU has had a policy framework for conflict prevention and is becoming increasingly involved in peace processes around the world. Having a number of instruments to tackle crisis and conflict situations in the world at its disposal, the EU has recently recognised the usefulness of mediation in this toolbox. A newly published comprehensive report by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looks into ways to strengthen the EU’s peace mediation capacities and a chapter authored by ECDPM’s Andrew Sherriff zooms into lessons learned from past EU engagement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Private sector for development: measuring impact
With the increasing donor focus on the role of the private sector in development, ECDPM is combining forces with BUSINESSEUROPE, DCED, and TraidCraft for a workshop on measuring development impacts in Brussels on 13 December. The workshop will bring together representatives from the private sector, donors, partner government representatives and civil society to identify a common agenda and interest and potential paths for further engagement between different stakeholders to ensure an informed discussion on how to maximise development impacts through engaging with the private sector for development. Register for this open event by 6 December. 

Vacancy: ECDPM is looking for a Communications Assistant
We are hiring a Communications Assistant (full time) to strengthen our outreach efforts. Candidates should have a degree in a relevant discipline, experience with research communications and digital media. Closing date is 12 December. 


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No 129, 23 November 2012


Dear *|FNAME|*,

     The European Summit on the multi-annual financial perspectives 2014-2020 broke up without reaching agreement this afternoon. The reports of the meeting are underway but, most likely, leaders will meet again in spring to try to agree the MFF. Yesterday, European Council president put forward a new proposal that trimmed a further €5.5bn from development aid (over his earlier proposals which cut €5bn from the European Commission’s proposals). 
     Separately, the EU Council set the ceiling for member states' contributions to the European Development Fund for 2014, the annual amount of the contribution for 2013 and the amount of the first instalment of the contribution for 2013.
     Implementation of the European Division of Labour on development cooperation was discussed at this week’s Practitioners' Network for European Development Cooperation meeting. The background documents of the meeting, including a guidance paper on delegated cooperation and a fiche for assessing cooperation are posted online.
     The European Parliament Security Committee will have a discussion with the Council, Commission and the European External Action Service on the security situation in the Sahel next week. The Human Rights Committee will also exchange views with the EU Special Representative for Human Rights. You can watch the meetings online live or recordings after here.
     The EC Development Commissioner will attend next week’s ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Suriname. Discussions will focus, inter alia, on future ACP-EU relations and the importance of access to energy for sustainable economic development.
     ECDPM's Geert Laporte and Alfonso Medinilla will participate in next week’s African Union Commission High Level Consultation on Governance and Democracy in Africa: trends, challenges and prospects in Dakar. The meeting aims to come up with practical and policy recommendations on how the African Union can strengthen governance, rule of law, human rights protection and consolidate democracy among member states.
     ECDPM Director Paul Engel and Jeske van Seters will attend the OECD Global Forum on Agriculture next week. This year, the intention is to bring together policy makers from both the Agriculture and Development/Food Security communities in OECD countries and emerging economies with policy makers from developing countries to discuss how practical improvements in policy coherence both globally and at country level can help deliver food security outcomes in developing countries.
     For more on the latest policy issues concerning international cooperation, with a focus on the EU and its relations with the developing world, see the Weekly Compass-Extended Version.

All the best,
Melissa

Melissa Julian
mj@ecdpm.org

 

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