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ActionAid response to biofuels vote in European Parliament

ActionAid have issued a response to the European Parliament vote on Wednesday 11 concerning the Commission’s proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive, and limit the amount of food and land that is used to produce Europe’s transport fuel. The main points of the vote are as follows:

1) The 5% cap: MEP’s narrowly voted through a 6% cap (on energy crops that can count towards the Renewable Energy Directive/RED and Fuel Quality Directive/FQD)
2) Indirect Land Use Change: It will be fully accounted for by 2020 in the FQD and only reported on from now on in the RED
3) Delay in agreement on biofuels:  The draftsperson of the EP report, Corinne Lepage had wanted to get a mandate to start negotiating this now with Council and Commission and to try and get an agreement before the end of the EP mandate next May. MEPs voted against this proposal by one single vote.

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G20 leaves out developing countries in new tax deal

The rich club of G20 countries met last week in Russia, announcing new tax measures which will deny developing countries access to a new system of automatic exchange of tax information. The club cited developing countries’ lack of “administrative efficiency” as a reason behind the move.

Several NGOs challenged the G20’s proposal.

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EU turns to development banks to boost private investments

The European commission is pushing for greater private-public collaboration though closer involvement of development banks in the financing of larger projects.

The EU is looking to move closer to such banks as the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in order to maintain its place as the largest provider of development aid according to EurActiv.

This closer partnership will allow the EU to continue to finance larger projects, such as energy and transport, without incurring additional expenses which would likely make these projects unfeasible.

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EU in new €124m security deal for Somalia

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will benefit from EU funding worth €124, the EU Commissioned announced ahead of a High Level Conference on "A New Deal for Somalia" in Brussels on 16 September 2013 to sustain the positive momentum in Somalia. The Conference will bring together the international community and the Somali people to endorse this framework - a "Compact" for Somalia for the next three years.

Commenting on the new funding, Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development said: "A safer and more secure environment in Somalia will benefit the Somali people and development of the country as a whole. AMISOM plays an essential role in supporting Somalia on its path towards stability and lasting peace until the country can assume full responsibility for its own security.”

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70 million people connected to drinking water thanks to EU aid

Credit:World Bank
Between 2004 and 2012, financial aid from the European Union has helped 70 million people gain access to clean drinking water in developing countries, and has improved access to sanitation facilities for a further 24 million people.

In all, the EU has allocated a total of almost €2 billion (€1 919 billion) to the water and sanitation sectors in 62 countries over the period 2008-2013, and now 9 out 10 people have access to clean drinking water.

As part of World Water Week, this achievement was recognized, as it was part of the Millennium Development Goals, in section 7.c. However, the work is not finished, as 768 million people still lack access to this basic resource, and furthermore, 2.5 billion are still without adequate sanitation.

To meet these challenges, the EU has 105 additional projects planned in 35 countries to supply drinking water to 7.7 million people. These projects will also aim to provide sanitary installations for 2.8 million people and make hygiene education programmes available to 4.9 million people

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Global calls

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In country calls

 Status  Type  Geographical Zone  Programme
134853 - Support to reinforce the independence of the judiciary
Open » 16/12/2013  Action Grants   Lebanon  Neighbourhood
135069 - Appui à l’Instance Nationale des Télécommunications
 Open » 5/11/2013  Action Grants   Tunisia   Neighbourhood
135063 - Support for production and dissemination of Audiovisual programmes about EU intergration process of Albania
 Open » 10/10/2013  Action Grants   Albania   PreAccession Countries / New Member States

Public consultations

Consultation on the policy options for market-based measures to reduce the climate change impact from international aviation- Environment- Ends: 13/09/2013

The EU's list of public consultations can be found here

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