Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2017/2301 of 4 December 2017 on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors as regards the implementation of Article 68 of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement

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Press Release: EU proposes a modernised partnership with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific countries

The European Commission has today presented a recommendation to the Council, including a proposal for negotiating directives. This is an important milestone towards opening negotiations with the countries of the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

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Agenda: ACP Working Party (15 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (11 December 2017)

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Press Release: Aid for trade: Council adopts conclusions on achieving prosperity through trade and investment

On 11 December, development ministers discussed and adopted conclusions on the updated strategy on aid for trade, as presented in the Commission communication of November 2017 “Achieving prosperity through trade and investment: updating the 2007 joint EU strategy on aid for trade”.

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Decision No 1/2017 of the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors of 8 December 2017 regarding the implementation of Article 68 of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement

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Draft Opinion: EP DEVE Committee on the Annual report on the implementation of the Common Commercial Policy

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Press Release: Employers discussing trade with Commissioner Malmström

The Employers believe that the business community has a crucial role to play in spreading a positive message about trade and in explaining what an ambitious trade policy can do and achieve. It is business that can tell the story of the practical benefits stemming from trade agreements. This was the main message the members of the Employers’ Group delivered to Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, during the meeting on 6 December 2017.

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Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (07 December 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – EP-PAP Parliamentary Summit, 27-28 November 2017, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (4 December 2017)

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Agenda: ACP Working Party (5 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Telecommunications Council (4 December 2017)

Update: the main results are now available.

The Council is due to agree a general approach on an updated mandate for the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC). Ministers will also look at the progress made on a proposal to update privacy rules for electronic communications (ePrivacy). They will hold a policy debate on a draft regulation on the free flow of non-personal data.  The presidency will brief ministers on the state of play of negotiations on a European electronic communications code. It will also provide information on Council conclusions on cybersecurity, from 20 November, as well as a draft Council action plan for their implementation. Lastly, the incoming Bulgarian presidency will present its work programme.

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UPDATED – Council Decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors as regards the implementation of Article 68 of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council (30 November – 1 December 2017)

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The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway.  Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.

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Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the 5th African Union-European Union summit

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (4 December 2017)

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Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) (6 December 2017)

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Opening remarks by President Donald Tusk opening the 5th African Union-European Union summit in Abidjan

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Press Release: EU – Africa trade in goods

Africa as a whole represents the fourth most important EU trading partner after the United States, China and Switzerland, accounting for 7.5% of total extra-EU trade in goods in 2016. In 2006, Africa accounted for 8.4% of EU trade and was EU’s third main trading partner. Over this 10-year time period, the share of Africa in extra-EU imports fell from 8.7% in 2006 to 6.7% in 2016, while its share in exports remained roughly stable at around 8%.

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (29 November & 1 December 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Decision No 2/2017 of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council established by the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, of 17 November 2017 as regards the establishment of a list of arbitrators [2017/2203]

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Official Journal (L Series): Decision No 1/2017 of the Joint Cariforum-EU Council established by the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, of 17 November 2017 concerning the amendment of Annex IX to Protocol I: Overseas countries and territories [2017/2202]

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‘I/A’ Item Note: ACP-EU Partnership Agreement – Implementation of Article 68 EU position in the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors

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