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 and LDC sugar industries call for a level playing field for all stakeholders

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Brussels, 28 February 2019/ACP:  The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Least Developed Countries (LDC) are calling for a level playing field for all sugar stakeholders after a study had been presented to the European Parliament implicating them in the substantial decline in the price and export of the commodity over the past two years.

The study was undertaken by the European Sugar Refiners Association (ESRA) on raw materials in the EU sugarcane sector.

The ACP Sugar Group, representing ACP and LDC sugar industries in 18 developing countries, contends that the current problems in the EU sugar market were caused by the over-production of subsidy-fuelled EU sugar, which has led to record low prices in European markets and to consequent reductions in demand for sugar imported from developing countries.  According to the latest data published by the European Commission, the weighted average EU domestic price has fallen to a new low of just 31.4 euro cents/kilo, and imports from ACP and LDC countries are currently less than a third of the levels recorded before quotas were abolished.  The EU over-production has also led to EU exports doubling in volume and now taking market share in ACP regional markets, displacing ACP and LDC sugar both in the EU and in ACP Sugar’s neighbouring developing country markets, contrary to the recommendations made in the Cardno report on Current and Forecast Market Developments for ACP Sugar Suppliers to the EU Market.

Price is another sensitive issue for the ACP Sugar Group in the context of the study.  The study suggests a higher cost for imported ACP/LDC sugar mistakenly using data that includes not just the price paid for raw sugar for refining but also the price paid for premium speciality sugars. 

ACP and LDC sugar producers agree with ESRA’s statement that the root cause of the decline is overproduction. However, they dispute ESRA’s proposed solutions and they ask the EU not to further erode preferences for ACP and LDC countries by increasing the supply of sugar in an already oversupplied market through additional import quotas, lower MFN tariffs and/or new free trade agreements (FTAs).  With the benefit of hindsight, ACP and LDC sugar producers further agree with ESRA that the EU market has been badly managed by policy-makers.  It has been adversely affected by domestic overproduction, in part because sugar beet in 12 Member States is directly subsidized on a per hectare basis.  The end of Voluntary Coupled Support in the EU sugar sector would give both ESRA members and ACP, LDC and other developing country sugar suppliers some respite in the EU market and enable fairer competition both in the EU and globally.  

In response to customer requirements in the EU and elsewhere, ACP and LDC sugar producers utilize several different certification schemes including Bonsucro certification. The adoption of Bonsucro certification is a private commercial decision (as is Bonsucro itself), which should not determine which countries have duty-free market access to the EU markets and/or which may wish to adopt other sustainability and good practice initiatives.


The ACP Sugar Group is a long-established association comprising the sugar industries in 18 developing countries who wish to promote the best interests of the sugar industries in all ACP and LDC countries.
For further information, please see our website at www.acpsugar.org



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