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

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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


NEWS: CARIFORUM holds inaugural EPA customs committee

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Georgetown, Guyana, 8 December 2011/CARICOM: CARIFORUM Officials met with their European Union counterparts in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on December 8, to convene the First Meeting of the Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

This Special Committee Meeting was preceded by a CARIFORUM Preparatory Meeting on December 7.


The Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation is one of five institutions established to facilitate implementation of the EPA. Established pursuant to Article 36 of the Agreement, this Committee will meet at the level of Officials.


Up for consideration at the Special Committee Meeting were the following: (i) legal issues (namely, establishment of the Rules of Procedure of the Special Committee); (ii) institutional matters (namely, the identification of Permanent Observers and Ad Hoc Observers to the Special Committee); (iii) customs cooperation and trade facilitation matters; (iv) Rules of Origin; (v) mutual administrative assistance; and (vi) tariff classification issues. 


The Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Head of the EPA Implementation Unit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Mr Branford Isaacs, said : “It marks yet another milestone on the path of EPA implementation, coming as it does on the heels of the convening this past June of the first meeting of the Trade and Development Committee under the CARIFORUM-EU EPA.” Mr Isaacs, who also serves as the Unit’s Trade in Goods Specialist, underscored that “the convening of the Special Committee Meeting is timely; it affords the CARIFORUM and EU sides an opportunity to make headway on a range of pressing matters that fall within the remit of this important Special Committee.”


The fifteen signatory Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific (CARIFORUM) States to the EPA are the independent CARICOM Member States and the Dominican Republic.


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