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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Belgian Senate gives a hand to the ACP Group

Last week, the Belgian Senate adopted a resolution which called for EU flexibility in trade matters with the ACP Group, “taking into account the real needs of ACP countries for their development and regional integration”. In the resolution, the senate asks the Belgian government, within the framework of its international policy,  to ask the European Commission to give its full support to “the demands of the ACP Group for the renegotiation of contested clauses in the EPA-I”.
The Belgian Senate also urges that the Belgian government “support the request of the ACP in favor of holding a high-level conference bringing together the parties to the EPAs to discuss the differing points of view between EU and ACP representatives on the nature and content of the EPAs that have not been resolved despite negotiations”.
According to one article by ACP Secretariat Press Service, the text makes a further appeal to the Commission not to submit its proposal to Parliament to amend Market Access Regulation 1528/2007, which would ultimately bar ACP countries from having duty-free and quota-free access to European markets except under specific conditions.

Source: ACP