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.






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

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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

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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


The Pacific reaffirms its commitment to the ACP Group of States

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Brussels 10 April 2019/ACP: Minister for National Planning and Monitoring of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Richard Maru, has assured the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group that Papua New Guinea will continue to play an active role in the affairs of the ACP Group of States.

Minister Maru met the ACP Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, at the margins of the ACP-EU Ministerial Meeting in N’Djamena, Capital of the Republic of Chad, Central Africa, on 3 April where they discussed, among other things, Papua New Guinea’s role in the current ACP-EU post-Cotonou negotiations.

Dr. Gomes expressed appreciation for the active participation of Papua New Guinea through its Ambassador in Brussels and the lead role the country is playing in the negotiations through Minister Maru and also through Prime Minister Peter O’Neill as the current Chair of the ACP Summit.

He informed Minister Maru that apart from being one of the lead negotiators in the ACP-EU negotiations, Papua New Guinea is currently in the Troika of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors where H.E Mr. Joshua Kalinoe, Ambassador of Papua New Guinea in Brussels, has been nominated by the Pacific region to be the next chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors. This means that Ambassador Kalinoe will take over as Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in July for a period of six months at a time when the ACP-EU negotiations will be finalized and endorsed by the ACP Council of Ministers.

By extension, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Rimbink Pato, will be the Chair of the ACP Council of Ministers. This means Papua New Guinea will occupy three of the top policy making organs of the ACP.

Minister Maru thanked Dr. Gomes for the confidence he has in Papua New Guinea’s involvement in advancing the interests of the ACP Group and informed him of the Pacific region’s desire to ensure that the post-Cotonou ACP-EU arrangements has a financing plan that is ring-fenced for the ACP regions and be an integral part of the new agreement.


Photo (Minister Maru presents a gift to Dr. Gomes during their bilateral Meeting in N’Djamena, Chad)



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