Update on Negotiations

On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.



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Statement by the Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Hon. Joyce Laboso at the opening of the 26th session of the ACP-EU JPA, 25 November 2013

The Right. Hon. Hailemariyam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Mr. Patrice Tirolien, Acting Co-President of the JPA
Hon. Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of People’s Representative of Ethiopia
Co-Secretaries-General of the JPA
Members of the JPA
Distinguished invited guests

ACP MPs warn of mounting instability in Central African Republic

Addis Ababa, 22 November 2013/ ACP: African Members of Parliament called for intensified support from the ACP Group and the international community for the worsening security situation in the Central African Republic, during political meetings held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Rule of law, good governance highlighted amidst calls for ACP stance against ICC proceedings

Addis Ababa, 22 November 2013/ ACP: Legislators from Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific meeting for the 34th ACP Parliamentary Assembly spoke vigorously on the rule of law and the role of judiciary in their countries, with some MPs backing a declaration against recent proceedings of the UN’s International Criminal Court involving serving African leaders.

Sustainable development, trade programmes on show at 4th ACP Open Day

Brussels, 31 October 2013/ ACP: More than 15 EU-funded programmes aimed at sustainable growth in ACP countries were showcased at the 4th Open Day of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade (SEDT) division of the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.

NEWS: Caribbean partnerships deepened to back EPA implementation

St George's. 31 October 2013/ CARICOM: A recently convened meeting of CARIFORUM States and regional partner institutions has been lauded as a significant step forward in deepening partnerships, in relation to the implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

NEWS: Mozambique plans to have taxes removed on exports to the EU

Maputo, 31 October 2013/ Macauhub/ Noticias: The Mozambican government will continue negotiating the removal of taxes it currently pays on exporting sugar to the European Union, the Minister for Industry and Trade, Armando Inroga said.

ECOWAS leaders committed to conclude development-friendly EPA with EU

Brussels, 28 October 2013/ ECOWAS/ ACP: Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) reiterated their commitment to the conclusion of an “equitable and development-oriented” Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe, following an extraordinary meeting held at Dakar, Senegal on Friday.

Award-winning women’s champion honoured at ACP

Brussels, 25 October 2013/ ACP: Ethiopian women’s rights activist Bogaletch Gebre was welcomed for a special discussion session at the ACP House on Thursday, October 24th before receiving the 2013 Jean Rey International Prize at the European Parliament the same day.

EPAs high on the agenda at West Africa summit

Dakar, 25 October 2013/ ECOWAS/ ACP: Today's Extraordinary Summit of the West Afircan economic community ECOWAS will be focusing mainly on economic issues including the the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between West Africa and the 
European Union, the finalisation of the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Community Integration Levy (CIL), says a press release by the Group.
After opening statements by President of the host country, Macky Sall, the 

Caribbean reviews key ACP-EU fisheries programme

Nassau, 21 October 2013/ ACP Fish II/ BW/ ACP - Since the inception of the ACP Fish II Programme in June 2009, Caribbean countries have benefited from close to €3 million allocated for 32 national and regional, fisheries and aquaculture projects.

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