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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Key lessons, good practices captured at EU, ACP migration programme close

Brussels – Deepened engagement between national and regional authorities on migration in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries emerged as one of the most promising practices in the concluding analysis of a five-year, intra-ACP initiative funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
 

ACP working visit to Central African Republic

Brussels 15 July 2019/ACP: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, Dr. Patrick Gomes, was in Bangui, Central African Republic, from 2 to 5 July 2019, at the invitation of the Government, for a working visit. He was accompanied by Ambassador Léonard Emile Ognimba, Assistant Secretary-General in charge of the Department of Political Affairs and Human Development.

Post-Cotonou Agreement: “The ACP Group could be the OECD of the countries of the global South”

Brussels, 11 July 2019/ACP: While the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU) are negotiating the new version of the Cotonou Agreement, Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, is calling for greater balance in this partnership. 
 

ACP concerned about non-tariff barriers on agri products by EU

GENEVA, Switzerland, 11 July 2019 (CMC): The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group is warning of “grave implications” for its members as it expressed concern at the “arbitrary adoption” of measures by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that negatively affect developing countries and go against the principles of facilitating development through trade.

ACP Group's response to recently concluded Free Trade Agreement between EU and Mercosur

Brussels, 1st July 2019

 

The EU and Mercosur announced the conclusion of a free trade agreement on 28 June 2019, twenty years in the making, now subject to "legal scrubbing" and possibly minor adjustments.

The ACP Group deeply regrets that it was not consulted fully on the context and content of this Free Trade Agreement as per Article 12 of the Cotonou Agreement. 

Revolutionizing economic diversification and empowerment through inclusive and sustainable aid for trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next Global Review of Aid for Trade will take place at the WTO under the theme “Supporting Economic Diversification and Empowerment for Inclusive, Sustainable Development through Aid for Trade”. The Event will take place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva from 3 to 5 July 2019.

Biopama launches the first call for proposals for medium grants

On 24 June 2019, BIOPAMA launched the first call for proposals for medium grants (up to € 400 000) in the frame of its "Action component", which provides funding opportunities to address protected and conserved areas, sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resource priorities for actions on the ground in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

By adopting a landscape approach, these actions will also contribute to enhancing local livelihoods through sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem services as well as increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change.

ACP Group Addresses Inequality and Vulnerability at the EDDs

The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, Dr Patrick I. Gomes met with the recently-reelected President of the Republic of Senegal, The Honourable Macky Sall on Day one of the European Development Days (EDDs) in Brussels, Belgium. Dr Gomes congratulated the President on his recent re-election and assured him of the ACP Group’s continued support. He then expressed his profound appreciation for the leadership that Senegal has consistently played in advancing the strategic priorities of the ACP Group for the new partnership agreement with the European Union (EU).

ACP statement to the G20 on eradicating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Brussels 28 June 2019/ACP: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in ACP coastal countries remains one of the greatest threats to marine ecosystems, dependent communities and the society as a whole. It undermines efforts to conserve and sustainably manage fish stocks, destroys the food security of affected coastal countries and harms their economic interests. 
 

Next Brussels Briefing n.56 “The Land-Water-Energy Nexus and the Sustainability of the Food System”

Brussels 27 June 2019/ACP: The next Brussels Development Briefing n. 56 on The Land-Water-Energy nexus and the Sustainability of the Food System organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat and Concord will be held on 3rd of July 2019, 9h00-13h00 at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C.


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