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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New Lesotho Ambassador calls for stronger intra-ACP links

Brussels, 26 July 2013/ ACP: New ambassador of Lesotho to the European Union, H.E Mrs Mpeo Mahase-Moila, urged African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to intensify ties with each other, highlighting the private sector as the main engine for cooperation.

Pacific-EU trade talks suspended

Brussels, 18 July 2013/ ACP/ PINA/ IB/ RA: The EU has suspended efforts to settle a trade deal with the 14-member Pacific ACP bloc, despite demands from the region to wrap up negotiations by the end of the year, according to Pacific media reports.

Post-2015 agenda high priority for ACP

Brussels, 15 July 2013/ ACP: A team of ambassadors will lead the 79-member ACP Group in deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda, with a view to form a common ACP position and a joint ACP-EU declaration on the issue.
 

ACP and EIB celebrate 50 years of partnership

Luxembourg, 9 July, 2013/ ACP: Marking five decades of doing business in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions, the European Investment Bank (EIB) hosted the ACP Committee of Ambassadors at its headquarters in Luxembourg to review successes, as well as areas for improvement in financing investment projects in the ACP.
 

Major fish farming potential in ACP largely untapped

Brussels, 8 July 2013/ ACP: While the global demand for fish is climbing faster than current resources can meet, fish farming or aquaculture remains a largely underdeveloped industry in African, Caribbean and Pacific regions.
 

ACP countries continue fight against child labour as TACKLE programme wraps up

Brussels, 3 July 2013/ ACP: A crucial project aimed at tackling child labour in 12 African, Caribbean and Pacific states will come to a close next month, amidst pleas for its extension from country officials.
 

Mali - a lesson in “vigilance”, says JPA co-chair

Brussels, 19 June 2013/ ACP: Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) Hon. Joyce Laboso has urged ACP members against “taking democracy for granted,” while calling for continued peace talks in Mali following a ceasefire agreement signed between the government and armed groups on Tuesday. 
 

Kenyan lawmaker speaks out on “tragic” abuse of ACP natural resources

Brussels, 17 June 2013/ ACP: Despite the world’s fixation with the abundant natural resources found in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the Co-Chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), Hon. Joyce Laboso warned of devastating effects to communities on the ground if the focus stays only on revenues and not lives. 

 

EPA trade talks to get fresh political edge

Brussels, 10 June 2013/ ACP: Trade negotiations between the European bloc and the some ACP members may move closer to a resolution now, with plans for a political panel to tackle the longstanding deadlock in talks.

Brussels Development Briefing - Linking food, geography and people

The next Brussels Development Briefing will tackle the topic of ‘Food, geography and traditions: Protecting agricultural traditional products’, by looking at the challenges and opportunities for protecting traditional knowledge and registered agricultural products in a sustainable way.


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