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.



News articles

Tanzania calls for “all hands on board” in charting ACP future

Brussels, 2 October 2012/ ACP: The new Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the European Union (EU), H.E Dr Diodorus Kamala made a plea for solidarity amongst the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States as the 79-member group weighs up options for the future on the way to reviewing its relations with the EU.

“Green Path” to sustainable economic development highlight of ACP Open Day

Brussels, 2 October 2012/ ACP: An Open Day event Brussels this week aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in the area of sustainable economic development, while promoting a “green path” to reducing poverty and building economies. 

NEWS: ACP-EU JPA fact-finding mission report on Fiji "well received"

SUVA, 1 October 2012/ GOF: A report emanating from a joint ACP & EU fact finding mission that visited Fiji this year has been well received by the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the Fijian Government.

Suriname gears up to host Joint ACP-EU Parliament meeting

Brussels, 24 September 2012/ ACP: The vibrant Caribbean locale of Paramaribo, Suriname will host the 24th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, an event that will gather more than 200 participants from Africa, the Caribbean, Pacific and Europe to discuss key issues of ACP-EU cooperation.

Brussels Development Briefing on climate change and agriculture

Brussels, 24 September 2012/ CTA/ ACP: An development seminar this week in Brussels will focus on the effects of climate change on the livelihood of farmers in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and ‘climate smart’ practices that could reduce agricultural contributions to harmful emissions.


ACP politicians talk trade, EU aid agenda in Brussels

Brussels, 22 September 2012/ ACP: Members of Parliament from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific met in Brussels this week to discuss issues pertinent to their countries and prepare for the upcoming Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly to be held in Paramaribo, Suriname in November.


EU Parliament debates ACP-EU free trade agreement deadline

Brussels, 12 September 2012/ ACP: The European Parliament is scheduled to vote this afternoon on whether to amend Council Regulation (EC) 1528/2007 – a move that may see a number of ACP countries lose duty free, quota free access to European markets if they fail to conclude trade talks by the end of 2013.

ACP trade officials tackle how to focus WTO talks on development

Nairobi KENYA, 11 September 2012/ ACP: A high level forum taking place this week in Nairobi, Kenya will allow trade officials from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific to address key issues from the WTO Ministerial Conference held last year, as well as new development challenges related to trade.


The forum is expected to yield recommendations for ACP countries to ensure development remains at the core of multilateral trade negotiations.


ACP Statement at the High Level Forum on Emerging Issues and Challenges in the Multilateral Trading System, 11-14 September 2012, Nairobi KENYA

Delivered by ACP Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, Mr Achille Bassilekin III.


Film, culture projects thrive under ACP Cultures+

Brussels, 7 September 2012/ ACP: Film makers, artists and other members of the creative and cultural industries in Europe and ACP regions gathered in Brussels to share updates on projects they manage with backing by ACP Cultures Plus – a funding programme for cultural initiativ

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