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17th February 2020
External Relations & Trade

Progress in negotiations for new Africa-Caribbean-Pacific / EU Partnership

Negotiations on a new agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP), launched in September 2018, experienced new impetus last Friday as the two chief negotiators, Jutta Urpilainen (EU) and Robert Dussey (ACP) agreed on how to move forward.

The future agreement is due to include specific, action-oriented regional partnerships focusing on each region’s needs. Consultations on regional partnerships were concluded in spring 2019, and in last Friday’s meeting both sides agreed on key chapters of the regional partnerships within the future ACP-EU agreement. In the weeks to come, EU and ACP teams will continue in negotiations, merging proposals and fine-tuning the text of the agreement.

EU-ACP relations are currently governed by the Cotonou Agreement, a comprehensive association agreement due to expire on 29 February 2020 but which will be extended until December 2020 as a transitional measure, as negotiations on the future agreement are still under way.

For more information, read the European Commission’s press release. To revisit the last developments relating to the EU-ACP relationship that EU Law Live published on, read also our post of 10 January.

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