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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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CORRIGENDUM N°1 to the Call for proposals "SUPPORTING THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS IN THE ACP COUNTRIES" - EuropeAid/167697/IH/ACT/MULTI

Grants awarded under the EuropeAid call for proposals EuropeAid/164206/IH/ACT/Multi publié le 17.04.2019

Supporting the cultural and creative sectors in the ACP countries – Q&A #2 – 12/01/2020

Calls for Proposals and Tenders - ACP EU Culture Supporting the Cultural and Creative Sectors in ACP Countries

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UN, ACP, Rwandan Embassy mark genocide memory with joint ceremony

Brussels, 5 May 2012/ ACP: A commemoration to honour the estimated 800,000 to 1 million lives lost at the hands of genocidaires in Rwanda in 1994 was jointly held by the ACP Secretariat, the United Nations, and the Rwandan Embassy on Monday 30 April at the ACP House.

OPINION: Why the EU should maintain Regulation 1528 on ACP-EU free trade

Former President of Tanzania Benjamin William Mkapa gives his insight on why Regulation 1528 will hurt the efforts of developing countries to successfully integrate into the world trade system. Article originally published in The Zimbabwe Mail, 02/05/2012

 

Higher quality standards and ‘smart’ dialogue seen as potential boost for ACP-EU trade talks

Brussels, 1 May 2012/ ACP/ CPTM: An afternoon of ‘Think Tanking’ discussions at the ACP House this Wednesday will tackle some of the difficulties in ACP-EU free trade, with a focus on how “smart partnership approaches” and higher quality standards can energise trade between nations.

NEWS: Guyana, EU start negotiations for major accord against illegal timber harvesting

Georgetown, GUYANA, 23 April 2012/ KNews: Guyana has started negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a major accord that will ensure only legally harvested timber enters that market. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), once signed, will see increased monitoring to ensure that timber harvesting is in keeping with international standards.

ACP joins partners in first steps of post-Busan South-South cooperation efforts

Brussels 18 April, 2012/ ACP: An outline of initial actions aimed towards building a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been drawn up by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, after a key summit on the issue last month.
 

ACP joins partners in first steps of post-Busan South-South cooperation efforts

Brussels 18 April, 2012: An outline of initial actions aimed towards a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been finalised by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, after a key summit on the issue last month.
Among other initiatives, the Building Block on South-South and Triangular Cooperation will look at conducting a mapping exercise of current forums, models and mechanisms of SSC and TrC, with an aim of producing a “Menu of Practices” and a set of referential guidelines for SSC and TrC.

EU still needs ACP, says Secretary General

Brussels, 18 April 2012/ ACP: Opportunities for trade in natural resources and wide geopolitical influence are some reasons why the European Union should keep its current partnership with the trans-regional African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, says its top official.

ACP pays respects at death of former Malawi President

Paulo Kautoke Obadiah Mailafia ACP Group

Brussels, 11 April 2012/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) today officially conveyed its condolences to the Government of the Republic of Malawi, after the death of the country’s former President H.E Ngwazi Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika last Thursday.

NEWS: EU development aid drops with austerity

Brussels, 8 April 2012/ EuroActiv.com/ ACP: European countries reduced their overall development aid budgets in 2011, with some such as Greece and Spain implementing massive cuts in the wake of economic difficulties, according to OECD figures published last Wednesday 4 April.

Belgian Senate supports more flexibility on ACP free trade agreements

ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas with President of the Belgian Senate Mme Bethune Brussels, 5 April 2012/ ACP: The Belgian Senate has adopted a resolution urging more flexibility in free trade dealings with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), while also endorsing the negotiation of new trade relations with the European Union which take stronger consideration of the


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