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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EU and ACP countries conclude first round of negotiations to modernise their relations

Brussels, 14 December 2018/ACP: The two chief negotiators met today in Brussels to take stock of the progress achieved and discuss next steps.

The first series of talks between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) led to broad convergence on the structure of the future agreement and the strategic priorities.

The European list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes unilaterally established by the EU has devastating consequences for the economies and financial services of ACP States.

Brussels 14 December 2018/ACP/: The ACP countries are very concerned about the unilateral and discriminatory approach observed by the European Union in tax matters, as evidenced by its decision to publish a European list of so-called non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Opening Ceremony of the 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

From left to right: Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assistant Secretary General for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade; ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes; H.E Dr. Issa Doubragne Minister for the Economy and Development Planning of Chad and Chair of the ACP Council of Ministers; H.E Mrs. Ammo Aziza Baroud Ambassador of Chad and Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassador, during the opening of the 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers in Brussels.

108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels 12 December 2018/ACP/: The 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers is scheduled to begin tomorrow 13 December 2018 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 Dr. Issa Doubragne Minister for the Economy and Development Planning of Chad, the 108th Session will be the first ACP Ministerial meeting since the start of ACP-EU Post Cotonou negotiations which was officially launched in New York on September 28, 2018.

Eight West African Countries Commit to Preserving their Audiovisual Heritage

The Directive establishing the audiovisual legal deposit in the eight Member States of the West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA), which was published on 1 December in UEMOA's Official Journal, is the first of its kind in the world. This Directive, which is the only existing example of a common audiovisual legal deposit initiative, will facilitate the preservation of audiovisual heritage in an economic area with 112 million inhabitants, comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte dIvoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

ACP Steps in to Rescue Africa from Climate Change Impacts

Three years ago, Lesotho, Southern Africa’s small mountain kingdom surrounded by South Africa, was hit hard by the drought that led to the driest season in the region in 35 years. In the tiny dynastic nation, the El Niño driven-phenomenon resulted in a fall in maize production, the country's staple food.
 
But now thanks to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, climate change impacts in African countries like Lesotho have met their match.
 

ACP-EU: MEPs agree on a partnership tailored to the international context

During the 36th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 3 to 5 December in Cotonou (Benin), Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries debated and adopted several resolutions.
 
Parliamentarians debated the concrete involvement of the international community in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, and the political situation in Cameroon. Resolutions on the fight against cybercrime and drug trafficking, the development of small and medium enterprises in ACP countries and wildlife trafficking were adopted, as well as urgent resolutions on the impact of climate change and the rise of populism.
 

36th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Cotonou, Benin

Brussels 05 December 2018/ACP/: His Excellency Mr. Patrice TALON, President of the Republic of Benin presided the official opening ceremony of the 52nd session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 36th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in the presence of distinguished guests and more than 350 participants from all over the world on Monday 03 December 2018.

Statement by H.E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States at the 52nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly on 30 November 2018 Cotonou, Benin.

 
Hon. Joseph Owona Kono, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly,
 
Honourable Members,
 
Excellencies ACP Ambassadors present,
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 


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