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Monday, 24 September 2012

ACP countries “not entirely out of the woods”

Members of Parliament from the ACP met in Brussels last week to prepare the upcoming Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly,  to be held in Paramaribo, Suriname,  in November. According to the press service of the ACP Secretariat,  the meeting heard reports from the Assembly’s Standing Committees as well as special presentations by the Ambassadorial Working Group for Future Perspectives of the ACP and the Working Group on the 7th ACP Summit for Heads of States and Governments, planned for December.
The ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas took the opportunity to thank the European Parliament, as it voted to extend the deadline for the EPA negotiations by two years. "They have heard your voices not to withdraw Market Access Regulation 1528 [which would amend the list of countries with privileged access] at such short notice...I believe that provides a more conducive atmosphere for the negotiations to continue” said the Secretary General.  
 Dr Chambas added that ACP countries “were not entirely out of the woods yet” on the matter: “By the EU procedures, when the Commission’s position differs as it does now from the Parliament position, there will be a reconciliation meeting at the level of the EU Council.”

Source: ACP Sec