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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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Brussels briefing 27: Expert panels probe prospects and threats to small island economies

Brussels, 28 March 2012/ CTA/ ACP: The 27th Brussels Policy Briefing will be convened next week to focus on the unique vulnerabilities and opportunities facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Thirty eight SIDS (out of 52 indentified by the United Nations) are members of the ACP Group.

 

NEWS: EU team eyes new deadline for Kenya EPA

Nairobi, KENYA, 22 March 2012/ NS/ AA: The harsh reality of Kenyan horticulture exports attracting 16 percent duty in its main European market is drawing closer, as the window for negotiation between Europe and Kenya on new trade rules under Economic Partnership agreements arrangement slowly shuts.

The chairman of Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the European Parliament Vital Moreira yesterday said the EPA negotiations that have taken a decade must concluded this year.

ACP Keynote Statement at 2nd European Raw Material Conference, 20 March 2012, Brussels

Keynote address delivered by Mr Achille Bassilekin III, Assistant Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat and Head of the Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade on the occasion of the 2nd European Raw Material Conference held in Brussels, Belgium 20 March 2012.

NEWS: Kenyan flower sector in jeopardy as EU mulls over EPA deadline

Brussels, 18 March 2012/ The Standard (Kenya): Kenya’s flower exports to the European Union (EU) will be subjected to a 16 per cent duty should a proposal to impose a deadline on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations sail through the European Parliament this year.

NEWS: YoBloCo awards rewards ACP youth and institutions for agri-blogging

Brussels, 16 March 2012/ ARDYIS: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has announced the winners of the first edition of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards).

ACP holds minute of silence in honor of lives lost in coach accident

Brussels, 16 March 2012/ ACP: The Secretary General and staff of the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, today joined the Belgian nation in observing a minute of silence at 11h00 in honour of the 28 lives lost in a tragic coach crash in Switzerland on Tuesday 13 March. Amongst those killed were 22 children and six adults.

Statement by H.E. Prof Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Prime Minister of Somalia to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, 20 Feb 2012

Statement by H.E. Prof Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, the Prime Minister of Somalia Meeting with Committee of Ambassadors of ACP

Brussels, Monday, February 20, 2012

 

H.E. Mrs Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors,

Assistant Secretary General of ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Excellencies, Distinguished Ambassadors,

Ladies & Gentlemen,

ACP saddened by loss of American statesman, advocate for Africa

Brussels, 14 March 2012/ ACP: A message of condolence has been sent on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States after the recent death of U.S Representative Hon. Donald Payne earlier this month.

NEWS: EU-funded exchange programme seeks more Caribbean applicants

12 March 2012/ RP: The European Commission wants more participation of the Caribbean in a programme designed to fund exchanges of students and researchers in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

The second call of the programme gives €2m (US$2,6million) to the Caribbean and Pacific states. This is the same amount that they received in the first call of the programme, launched in December 2010.

The Intra-ACP Academic Mobility scheme which promotes higher education cooperation between countries in the ACP was issued on 10 February.

NEWS: Kenya Prime Minister pleads for time before EAC signing economic pact with EU

NAIROBI, 12 March 2012/ XinhuaKenya, on Friday appealed to the European Union to give the East African Community (EAC) states more time to come up with a unified position on trading with Europe under the Economic Partnership Agreements.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the Kenya stood to lose heavily in the current arrangement because all the other EAC states enjoy Least Developed Country status, earning their goods duty free access to Europe.


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