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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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STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE TERROR ATTACKS IN MALI

Brussels, 22 January 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, strongly condemns the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in Aguelhok, Northern Mali. These unfortunate and barbaric attacks have led to 10 deaths of Chadian Nationals and more than 25 injured. 

STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE TERROR ATTACKS IN NAIROBI KENYA

Brussels,16 January 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, having learnt with deep shock and sadness of the terrorists attacks perpetrated in Nairobi, Kenya on 15 January 2019, conveys his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, His Excellency, the President, the Government and the Peoples of the Republic of Kenya. The Secretary General extends his best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to the injured.

EU and ACP countries conclude first round of negotiations to modernise their relations

Brussels, 14 December 2018/ACP: The two chief negotiators met today in Brussels to take stock of the progress achieved and discuss next steps.

The first series of talks between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) led to broad convergence on the structure of the future agreement and the strategic priorities.

The European list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes unilaterally established by the EU has devastating consequences for the economies and financial services of ACP States.

Brussels 14 December 2018/ACP/: The ACP countries are very concerned about the unilateral and discriminatory approach observed by the European Union in tax matters, as evidenced by its decision to publish a European list of so-called non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels 12 December 2018/ACP/: The 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers is scheduled to begin tomorrow 13 December 2018 in Brussels, bringing together officials from 79 ACP countries to take decisions on key development issues, as well as institutional matters involving the future of the organisation.

Chaired by His Excellency Dr. Issa Doubragne Minister for the Economy and Development Planning of Chad, the 108th Session will be the first ACP Ministerial meeting since the start of ACP-EU Post Cotonou negotiations which was officially launched in New York on September 28, 2018.

Eight West African Countries Commit to Preserving their Audiovisual Heritage

The Directive establishing the audiovisual legal deposit in the eight Member States of the West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA), which was published on 1 December in UEMOA's Official Journal, is the first of its kind in the world. This Directive, which is the only existing example of a common audiovisual legal deposit initiative, will facilitate the preservation of audiovisual heritage in an economic area with 112 million inhabitants, comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte dIvoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

ACP-EU: MEPs agree on a partnership tailored to the international context

During the 36th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 3 to 5 December in Cotonou (Benin), Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries debated and adopted several resolutions.
 
Parliamentarians debated the concrete involvement of the international community in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, and the political situation in Cameroon. Resolutions on the fight against cybercrime and drug trafficking, the development of small and medium enterprises in ACP countries and wildlife trafficking were adopted, as well as urgent resolutions on the impact of climate change and the rise of populism.
 

Minister Pato signs ACP Administrative Cooperative Agreement

Brussels, 29 October 2018 /ACP/: Papua New Guinea has taken steps to strengthen and deepen its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU and other ACP states that have similar trading arrangements.
 
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Rimbink Pato who attended the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 26 October 2018, signed the ACP Administrative Cooperation Agreement (ACA), making it possible for Papua New Guinea to enter into intra-ACP trade relations with the cumulation of the rules of origin.
 

Press Conference of the ACP Chief Negotiator Professor Robert Dussey, 16th October 2018 in Brussels.

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