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.






Applications for the posts of Assistant Secretaries-General at the ACP Secretariat

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

Vacancy: Head of Conference Services

Vacancy: Conference Messenger

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

Works Contract Notice - Extensive Renovation Works of the ACP Building, Brussels, Belgium

Seeking partnership under ACP Innovation Fund?

Call for Proposals for ACP Innovation Fund, Ref: EuropeAid/166663/IH/ACT/Multi

Nominations are open for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2019 Edition 

Call for Proposals of the ACP Digital Financial Services

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to Strengthen Research and Innovation Capacity in ACP Countries

Call for proposals: ACP EU CULTURE "Support for ACP audiovisual co-production”

Contract Notice of the  Call for Tenders for the Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to strengthen Research and Innovation capacity in ACP countries.

Décision d'attribution: Assistance technique au Secrétariat ACP pour la gestion du programme ACP-UE Culture

Service Contract Award Notice: Technical Assistance for a complete Architecture & Engineering Mission and Project Management Services for the extensive renovation of the ACP Building, Brussels

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: ACP-EU PSD Knowledge Management Technical Support Function / Light PSD Structure TSF, Budget 6,000,000 EUR


ACP Ambassadors pay tribute to Stefano Manservisi

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At a special Committee of Ambassadors (CoA) meeting on 5 September 2019, African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ambassadors paid tribute to outgoing Director-General (DG) of International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission, Mr Stefano Manservisi. The ambassadors warmly reflected on their relationship with the outgoing DG and thanked him for his efforts with respect to their individual countries as well as for his leadership and guidance on the joint agreements brokered between the ACP and EU.

Mr Manservisi in turn, gave insights on his personal journey, which started while still a student at University “studying the challenges of international cooperation in the seventies” when, in analysing the first Lome convention, he was struck by “The recognition of the asymmetries, for example, the recognition of the fact that we were not equal at all… The recognition of the fact that ownership…  should have been the centre of gravity, not imposing anything, but rather listening and then… putting to the service of that - knowledge, experience and money.”

Pointing out the synergies between the ACP Group in the South and the European Group of States in the North, he led his listeners on a journey through history, signaling significant points in the evolution of the relationship between the EU and the ACP, to caution – on the eve of the post-Cotonou era – to “consolidate now, into something which is totally different, which is already different,” with respect to the fact that “the two biggest blocs of the North and of the South are concluding again an agreement which is based, on what? On trying to work together for a better world.”  

As the ACP Group of States bids a fond farewell to a colleague and a friend, in the words of the Chair of the CoA, the Ambassador of Papua New Guinea, H.E. Joshua Kalinoe, we “express and convey to you our deep gratitude for your personal interest and efforts towards the success of the ACP Group of States and to its improved relationship with the European Union.”

Click here to see the Expression of Thanks by the Interim Dean of the Committee of Ambassadors,  H.E. Mr Samuel Outlule, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana.







Photo: Mr. Manservisi (centre) poses with the commemorative plaque received from the ACP Committee of Ambassadors.


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