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Friday, 24 November 2017

One of the main building blocks of EU external relations, the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP), is set to expire in 2020. Due to EU institutional evolution and changes in the global balance of powers, a renewal 'as is' of the agreement is not an option. There is a need to streamline ACP-EU relations, with new EU strategies in the regions concerned, and to adapt to the ACP countries' new ambitions. The issue of financing is also on the table. Stakeholders have started discussions, focusing on the overlaps with other frameworks and the assets that should be kept or reformed.

The European Union is donating EUR 1 million to help developing and least-developed countries (LDCs) participate effectively in global trade. WTO Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah, EU Ambassador Marc Vanheukelen, and Denis Redonnet, director from the European Commission, attended a signing ceremony at the WTO on 13 December to mark the EU’s contribution to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF). The donation will finance trade-related technical assistance and capacity building activities for officials in Geneva and elsewhere to help them better understand and implement WTO agreements and to enhance their negotiating skills. Since the creation of the Fund in 2001, more than 2,400 training and capacity building activities have been organized.

The European Commission and EU Member States joined forces today as they agreed to redouble their efforts to tackle non-tariff measures and red tape that hamper EU exports. Today’s move represents the first concrete action taken under the Enhanced Partnership for Implementation – a joint strategy bringing together the Commission, business, and national governments to help European exporters get the most from EU trade deals. In 2014 EU action to remove trade barriers in third countries already generated additional exports of €2.4 billion, supporting about 30,000 jobs and equivalent to the benefits of a medium-sized free trade agreement. But a joint report published today by the European Commission and the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) reveals there are still problems.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

19 - 21 December: 32nd plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) (Nairobi)

European Commission

20 December: Europe’s response to sustainability challenges: Delivering the 2030 agenda

Other Events:

19 December: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference "EU Trust Fund for Africa in 2016"

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The CTA office will be closed for the winter break from Wednesday 21st December 2016 to Tuesday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.

The CTA will resume its regular activities from the 3rd January 2017. The newsletter shall resume from the week commencing 13th January 2017.

Happy holidays!

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