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.





Press releases

Welcome speech by Vanuatu's Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade and Chair of the ACP-EU National Task Force at the Opening Ceremony of the 95th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers 11 June 2012, Port Vila VANUATU

Excellency, President of the ACP Council
Excellencies, Heads of Delegation of ACP States
Excellency Secretary General of the ACP Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas
Officials of the ACP States
Hon Dunstan Hilton, Speaker of Vanuatu Parliament
Vanuatu Government Ministers
Members of Diplomatic Corps in Port Vila
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen

PRESS RELEASE: ACP – EU Council to talk development, trade in Vanuatu

ACP-EU Council of Ministers Vanuatu Pacific Ballroom11 June 2012, Port Vila: More than 300 officials from the European Union and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States will convene this week in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for one of the most important meetings of the year between the two groups.

JOINT PRESS RELEASE: UNDP and the ACP join forces to advance sustainable human development

Brussels, 10 May 2012/ ACP/ UNDP: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) agreed today to join forces in fostering south-south cooperation, promoting inclusive economic growth as a vehicle for sustainable development in developing countries, and providing support for the a

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Group denounces military actions in Guinea-Bissau

Brussels, 13 April 2012/ ACP: The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), H.E Dr.

ACP Group welcomes Mali's return to constitutional order, backs ECOWAS efforts


The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) has been closely following developments in the political, military and humanitarian situation in Mali since the coup d'etat on 22 March 2012.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Group commends successful elections in Senegal

Brussels, 26 March 2012/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, H.E Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas has applauded the Republic of Senegal for a successful and transparent election process, which concluded Sunday 25 March with a new president-elect Mr Macky Sall.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP reacts to the coup d'etat in Mali

Brussels, 23 March 2012/ ACP: The ACP Group expresses deep concern about the coup d’état in Mali which is a major setback for constitutional democratic governance in that country and in Africa.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Parliamentary Assembly deplores attacks in Mali

Warns of possible spread of crisis to other African regions

Brussels, 22 March 2012/ ACP: The Parliamentary Assembly of the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has strongly condemned recent attacks carried out by armed groups in the north of Mali and calls for their immediate cessation and the protection of the civilian population.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Members of Parliament urge more understanding from Europe on free trade agreements

Brussels, 22 March 2012/ ACP: Spirited calls from Parliamentary Members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States have appealed for flexibility, empathy and “practical reason” from European authorities, regarding stalled free trade negotiations with their regions.

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