Tuesday, 25 January 2005

The Commission outlines its support to ACP Sugar Protocol countries

Meeting with ministers of ACP sugar exporting countries, the Commission presented its “action plan”, aimed at mitigating potential impacts of the EU sugar reform and at accompanying the adjustment process in ACP countries signatories of the Sugar Protocol. Several ACP economies are significantly dependent on sugar exports to the EU and may experience, following the EU sugar reform, a certain disruption of their sugar sector, with consequences on their socio-economic development. The Commission proposes a partnership to support them in meeting this challenge, by means of a set of trade and development measures.