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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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Political talks kick off ACP parliamentary sessions in Suriname

Paramaribo, Suriname, 22 November 2012/ ACP: ACP parliamentary sessions opened today with the Committee of Political Affairs hearing updates on critical situations in ACP states, including the crises in Somalia, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Resolutions on these topics are expected at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) next week.

 

Mixed progress for ACP-EU trade agreements

Brussels, 31 October 2012/ ACP: Long-running talks on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between some members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union move ahead at a mired pace, despite best efforts on both sides.
 

At last week’s joint ministerial trade meeting in Brussels, the ACP Co-Chair, Fiji’s Minister of Trade and Industry Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum called for a review of European ambitions, after nearly a decade of negotiations.
 

ACP preferences to erode as EU trade with third countries thrive

Brussels, 30 October 2012/ ACP: Trade preferences traditionally enjoyed by the ACP Group from the EU are now under threat, as the major 27-member bloc wraps up even more free trade deals with non-ACP third countries.

ACP's "instrumental role" in trade debate: WTO Director-General

Brussels, 24 October 2012/ WTO/ ACP: Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Pascal Lamy stressed the ACP’s “instrumental role” in moving the trade debate forward at the meeting of ACP Ministers of Trade in Brussels today at the ACP House in Brussels.
 

Spotlight on trade agendas in lead up to ACP-EU Joint Trade meeting

Brussels, 22 October 2012/ ACP: Senior officials and Ministers for Trade from ACP governments convene in Brussels this week to tackle crucial issues regarding trade relations between their countries and the European Union.
 

The series of high level meetings culminates with the annual ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Committee this Friday.
 

Brussels Declaration on culture calls for stronger capacity building, information flows

Brussels, 22 October 2012/ ACP: ACP Ministers of Culture have launched an appeal for a renewed commitment to the development of the cultural sector in their regions. Dubbed the Brussels Resolution, the 32-point document comes after several days of active deliberations at the 3rd Meeting for ACP Ministers of Culture held last week.
 

Malabo Summit to reaffirm ACP solidarity, says Gabonese Head of State

Brussels, 16 October 2012/ ACP: The President of the Republic of Gabon has invited political peers from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) to focus seriously on the future course of the ACP Group as an international alliance during a major leaders’ conference this December.

 

ACP Secretariat remembers Zambia's former First Lady

Brussels, 16 October 2012/ ACP: The Zambian Embassy communicated the passing of Her Excellency the former First Lady of Zambia Mrs. Betty Kaunda, which occurred on Tuesday 18 September.
 

President Ali Bongo lays out road map towards thriving Gabon

Brussels, 16 October 2012/ ACP: The Republic of Gabon is on due course to achieving socio-economic success, assured President Ali Bongo Ondimba on Tuesday while briefing the ACP Committee of Ambassadors on the nation’s 15-year Strategic Plan for an Emerging Gabon (SPEG).
 

High level talks revive focus on ACP cultural sector

Brussels, 15 October 2012/ ACP: Senior officials from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) in charge of cultural matters are rallying in Brussels for two days this week in the lead up to the 3rd ACP Ministers of Cultures meeting on 17 and 18 October.
 


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