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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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NEWS: ACP joins EU farmers in appeal to maintain sugar production quotas

Wageningen, 6 August 2012/ CTA: In a statement at the joint ACP–EU Council meeting in Vanuatu on 14 June 2012, the Mauritian ambassador to the EU expressed the ACP group’s dismay at EC proposals to dismantle sugar production quotas in 2015, arguing that this would deprive the EC of ‘essential market management tools’, and would result in instability in EU sugar markets.

NEWS: 'Pivotal meeting' reviews Caribbean EPA progress

Greater Georgetown, GUYANA, 2 August 2012/ CARICOM/ ACP:  The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is convening a meeting of national coordinators and heads of national implementation units of the15 Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific (CARIFORUM) States under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.

 

Cameroon takes over helm for ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 1 August 2012/ ACP: The Ambassador of Cameroon to Brussels, H.E Mr. Daniel Evina Abe’e officially began his six-month term today as Chairman of one of the main decision-making bodies of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the ACP Committee of Ambassadors.

 

NEWS: Uganda illegal timber trade tracked under ACP-FLEGT programme

Kampala, UGANDA, 1 August 2012/ UO: First, it was in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Starting from the late 1990s, many Uganda dealers have raided the rich forests of that volatile eastern part of that country and cut down trees in a smuggling campaign that has helped Uganda’s overheated property market on its feet.
 

NEWS: Small Caribbean manufacturers more worried about EPA after Europe tour

Kingston JAMAICA, 1 August 2012/ JM: Trade agreements with the European Union may have little to offer small operators in the medium term, according to some local manufacturers, citing small-scale production in many Jamaican plants, which affects pricing and the ability to compete.

"We are not yet ready for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Due to economies of scale, we will not be able to compete," said Sonya Dunstan, CEO of Taste of Caribbean Limited, in the wake of a tour of European firms in June.

 

NEWS: Namibian President calls on EU to waive EPA deadline

Windhoek, NAMIBIA 30 July 2012/ TN: Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on the European Union (EU) not to implement its 2014 trade pact deadline which, if missed, will cost his country millions in export levies.
 

NEWS: EU trade reforms may 'hurt developing countries', warns report

27 July 2012/ TG: Developing countries stand to lose out from trade reforms that are pushing the EU towards more protectionist policies, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

NEWS: Pacific ACP calls for stronger regional integration

Suva, FIJI 27 July 2012/ PIFS Press Release: Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has called on the Pacific region to intensify and accelerate its efforts towards regional integration.
 

In his remarks at the inaugural Pacific ACP Officials' Meeting at the Secretariat in Suva, Fiji on Friday, Mr Slade said: "As we seek to further engage with Europe in the context of the Economic Partnership Agreement, our efforts towards regional integration should be intensified and accelerated."

NEWS: Jamaica to seek ACP-EU funding for agro-training programme

Kingston, 27 July 2012/ JIS/ ACP: Jamaica’s Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries and Education are collaborating to enhance the application of agricultural science in education curricula, including submitting a joint project proposal for ACP-EU funding that would boost training in agricultural technologies and certify graduates in agricultural engineering for subsequent employment in the sector.
 

NEWS: Fiji Gov't committed to roadmap despite public "mistrust", say ACP-EU mission

Suva, FIJI, 25 July 2012/ FT: THE visiting African Caribbean Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) fact-finding mission to Fiji has expressed confidence in the government's efforts to return Fiji to democracy by 2014.
 


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