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Ten Years after the French and Dutch ‘No’: How the Two Countries Reinvented their Relationship with Europe

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Ten years ago today, the French voted down the European Constitution Treaty, which was supposed to replace existing EU Treaties and institute key changes such as the appointment of a EU foreign minister. This was followed by an even stronger ‘No’ in the Netherlands three days later. These ‘No’ votes succeeded where the Danish 1992 […]

The US, the EU and IUU – Part 2

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Nobody can tackle IUU fishing alone: Will opportunities for global leadership be grasped? Those who doubted the potential of the European Union’s Council Regulation 1005/2008 (the IUU Regulation) to change the laissez faire culture that has been prevalent for too long in respect of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities inside and outside EU […]

Gorillas, baboons and the wildilfe tourist ‘You’ in Uganda

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‘Our cousins’ A furry face with a long snout and inquisitive eyes. He was not looking at us, the viewers – his attention was focused on the lush green jungle. The photo was taken in Uganda. ‘This is the baboon, our cousin,’ explained Dr. Busulwa, from the Makerere University [1]. Later I was to learn […]

Fair Trade – insights from Africa and the UK

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Fairtrade – the global success story Fairtrade celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2014. Growing from an obscure niche market to a globally recognized phenomenon, today the label is an established part of the UK commercial industry. Fairtrade International (or ‘FI’ – formally known as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International or ‘FLO’) is the international body made up of the […]

‘European ways’ threaten a shy forest giant in Uganda

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  The giant forest hog, a once abundant species in Uganda, now faces an uncertain future. ‘The giant forest hogs, they live in Uganda with us…,’ states Dr. Busulwa, a visiting scientist at Cambridge, from the Makerere University [1] . His ethical stance indicates attitude, different from the traditional conservation approaches, in which the goal has been […]

The US, the EU, and IUU

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On 17th June 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum in which some initial measures to combat illegal and unregulated fishing were established. A task force which included representatives from Environment, Commerce, Department of State, Interior, Justice and Defence was integrated with the aim of advising the White House on the design of a comprehensive […]

UK Government rejects EU food aid for Britain’s poor

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On 25 February this year, the European Parliament voted on an EU fund to provide food aid to those suffering extreme poverty in the EU.  The EU offered up to £22 million pounds to help subsidise Britain’s food banks, but the money was blocked by the UK government. Today writing for the Mail on Sunday, […]

Illegal Fishing and Europe: Control Begins At Home

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Oceana has reported on the concerning state of swordfish fisheries in the Mediterranean, highlighting in particular the indiscriminate targeting and trading of this fish by EU (particularly Italian) vessels. According to the NGO, EU inspectors recorded a series of serious incidents in Italy during March 2013. These included the widespread trading of undersize swordfish, unusually […]

Illegal Fishing of Swordfish Highlights Weaknesses in IUU Control Mechanisms

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Swordfish has been in the limelight this year, not less because of the recent ban handed by the EU to Sri Lanka, a swordfish exporter to European markets.  The ban is likely to be implemented in early 2015 and will close the Union’s doors to a substantial volume of seafood. According to the European Commission, […]

Illegal Fishing Control: Why Europe Needs a Common Software Platform

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Council Regulation 1005 / 2008 (the IUU Regulation) is a European Union (EU) legislative tool designed to reinforce and support pre-existing normative measures established by the international community to control illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The potential of the IUU regulation to disincentivise IUU fishing practices gravitates around the indisputable power of the EU as […]

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