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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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Statement by the ACP Secretary General on the Situation in Sudan

Brussels 12 June 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Carribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, expresses his deep concern about the violence in Sudan that has led to loss of lives. He recalls the need for the parties to take responsability for the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan.

The Secretary General urges all parties to refrain from any further action that could exacerbate the situation. He calls on them to pursue peaceful dialogue that provides an environment that meets the aspirations of the people of Sudan.

79-Nation ACP Moving into a New Era of Global Partnerships

Brussels 11 June 2019/ACP: To bring "Asia and the Americas into closer bonds of friendship" with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and "strengthen South-South solidarity", Secretary-General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes is keen to "build bridges with India on technical cooperation" and initiate a "new partnership" with Peru. He was speaking at the 'ACP Day' celebrations.

ACP Day 2019 Celebration

Brussels, 03 June 2019/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States will celebrate the ACP Day 2019 on Friday 7 June under the theme “The ACP Group – Deepening and Diversifying Partnerships”.
 
A stimulating event is to be held at the headquarters of the ACP Group of States in Brussels, with panel discussions, art and photo exhibitions, and cultural festivities featuring culinary specialties and musical performances from ACP regions.
 

44th Session of the ACP-EU Council of ministers

Brussels 28 May 2019/ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) - EU Council of ministers met for its annual meeting on 23-24 May. It discussed the implementation of the ACP-EU partnership agreement, known as the Cotonou agreement.
 
The Council adopted a decision to delegate its powers to the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors to adopt transitional measures until a new ACP-EU Partnership Agreement comes into force. This may be necessary in case a new agreement is not reached by the expiry date of the current legal framework (20 February 2020).
 

Media Briefing by H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes ACP Secretary General and H.E Minister Nandcoomar Bodha of Mauritius

Media Briefing by H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes ACP Secretary General and H.E Mr. Nandcoomar Bodha Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius at the 109th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, ACP House, Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

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New ACP-EU Partnership: Chief negotiators assess progress made and move talks on to next stage

Brussels, 23 May 2019/ACP: Following the recent consultations at regional level with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, Chief Negotiators Commissioner Mimica and Togolese Minister Robert Dussey, met in Brussels today to discuss the outline for the future ACP-EU agreement.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and EU's Chief Negotiator, Neven Mimica, said: “The agreement is taking shape. It is time to step up our efforts and speed up our progress to deliver as expected. Today’s discussions on the regional partnerships bring us a step closer to this new and stronger cooperation we are aiming for”.

109th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers and 44th Session of the ACP-EC Council of Ministers

Brussels 20 May 2019/ACP: The 109th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers is scheduled to begin tomorrow 21 May 2019 in Brussels, bringing together officials from 79 ACP countries to take decisions on key development issues, as well as institutional matters involving the future of the organisation.
 
Chaired by His Excellency Mr. Tjekero Tweya, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development of the Republic of Namibia, the 109th session will be the first ACP ministerial meeting of the year.
 

ACP-EU Migration Action

Brussels 16 May 2019/ACP: The ACP-EU Migration Action supports the Dialogue on Migration and Development between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European (EU) countries.The Action provides technical assistance to ACP Governments and Regional Organisations, support to grass-roots projects with/by Non-State Actor projects and produces and disseminates information on its work.

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ACP Private Sector Development Information, Knowledge Sharing and Networking Event

Mauritius 14 May 2019/ACP: The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat), is launching a series of regional meetings aimed at boosting ACP private sector information, developing knowledge sharing and networking.
 


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