Commission Report on the fifth round of negotiations with five Eastern and Southern African countries
The European Commission has published a report summarising the progress made during the latest negotiation round (held virtually from 19 to 23 July) to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with five Eastern and Southern African partners (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe).
The report indicates progress on the negotiations about technical barriers to trade, notably on conformity assessment procedures. The discussion about rules of origin was also productive, agreeing on a number of chapters of product specific rules. Regarding negotiations on investment liberalisation and digital trade, both parties will have to complete their internal consultations before having substantial textual discuss