Brussels Daily
09 Jun 2015


Brussels Daily

Agriculture: Commission provides extra flexibility for Member States on unspent 2007-2013 rural development funds

The Commission has adopted a measure allowing Member States increased flexibility to use their Rural Development budget (EAFRD) commitments for the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs). Any EAFRD funds ‘committed’ in 2013 need to be spent by the end of 2015. This measure provides more flexibility for transferring unspent funds between the different areas of RDP spending (‘axes’), and an extension of the deadline for presenting such changes. Following requests from Member States for flexibility, the Commission has proposed to allow up to 5% of the total EAFRD budget (rather than 3% which is part of the current Regulation) to be transferred between the different areas of RDP spending this year. This will allow the national and regional programmes still facing difficulties in spending the existing commitments, to shift a larger volume of funds between ‘axes’ in order for unspent amounts to be better utilised. More information is available here.

EU High level Summit with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)

The EU will hold a high level Summit with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Brussels on 10 and 11 June around the theme “Shaping our common future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens”. The Summit, which brings together European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders, is the main forum for dialogue and cooperation between the two regions.  EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has also invited the Ministers of Mercosur to a meeting in Brussels on 11 June, in the margins of the EU-CELAC Summit. This is the first Ministerial meeting since January 2013 after the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement negotiations were resumed in 2010. Both sides will take stock of the current negotiations and will discuss the way forward. A press conference held by President Juncker, President Tusk and President Correa will conclude the Summit on 11 June at 13:00. The CELAC Summit will be followed by two mini summits on 11 June in the afternoon with the Forum of the Caribbean Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific states (CARIFORUM) and the Central American Integration System (SICA). A brochure on EU-CELAC relations is available here.

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