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Tuesday, 03 July 2018

ACP-EU partnership: beyond 2020

The negotiations for a new ACP-EU agreement should start after the summer break. The African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries was the first to adopt its negotiating mandate on 30 May, during the ACP Council of Ministers in Lomé. The EU mandate has been approved on 22 June, with limited substantial changes to the Commission’s proposal from December 2017. In spite of several analyses pointing to the contrary, both negotiating mandates still assume that the ACP-EU framework – which is now more than 40 years old – provides a good basis for a strong and renewed political partnership in the current volatile and multipolar world. In its negotiating mandate, the EU wants to preserve a prominent role for the ACP. At the same time, it also recognises the growing importance of the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The EU therefore proposes a hybrid formula,with an ACP foundation that applies to all EU and ACP countries (with common provisions, strategic priorities and strategic alliances for global action) complemented with three regional partnerships with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific that should be the centre of gravity in the post-Cotonou arrangement.

Source: European Think Tanks Group