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EDITO
Thursday, 24 January 2019
The Treaty of Lisbon will introduce a number of changes to European Union (EU) external trade policy decision making. These involve the scope of exclusive competence of the EU, the role of the European Parliament and the inclusion of trade in the common external action of the EU. This article discusses these changes but also provides an initial assessment of how the Treaty of Lisbon (ToL) might affect the role of the EU as an actor in international trade.
Thursday, 04 March 2010
By Ablassé Ouédraogo, former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former special advisor to the President of ECOWAS for trade negotiations. In September 2002, the EU began trade negotiations with 76 African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP). The negotiations were prompted by pressure from the WTO to abandon long and preferential trade relations between Europe and ACP countries.
Mauritius is currently holding talks with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in order to reach an agreement on economic and commercial cooperation, according to APA in the Mauritian capital Port Louis on Tuesday, 23 February. Sources at the Ministry of Trade and Commerce have indicated that Mauritius hopes to conclude an agreement with EFTA similar to the Economic Partnership Agreement which Mauritius signed with the European Union.
CONCORD has serious concerns on the content of the revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, but also on the lack of transparency of the process. A better involvement of the civil society in the EU and in the ACP countries in the process would not only enhance transparency and democratic participation and legitimacy, but also enable citizens to hold their governments to account.
Wednesday, 03 March 2010
Between March and June, PIP will be visiting several ACP countries to launch the new Phase. At a series of launch events the PIP team will present the extended scope of our activities, describe how to access support, and answer any questions. The team will also be available after the events to meet with individuals who require more detailed discussions or wish to explore potential support. The events will be open to a range of invited people and organisations – focusing especially on partners and potential beneficiaries.
Tuesday, 02 March 2010
At the 2995th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Brussels on 22 February 2010, the Portuguese delegation, supported by Bulgaria, Finland, Romania and the United Kingdom, asked the Commission to propose exceptional measures for the sugar refinery industry, hence rebalancing the impact of the additional out-of-quota exports on the supply of raw sugar cane.
The world’s three major sugar-exporting nations – Thailand, Brazil and Australia – recently expressed their opposition to the European Union’s (EU’s) export subsidy on sugar, on the grounds that it affects prices and lowers other countries’ export volumes. The three countries have agreed on the possible filing of a case to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) if the EU does not review its policy.
The Kenyan government now says structural changes within the European Union (EU) are partly to blame for derailing negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) whose set completion date was July last year. Trade Minister Amos Kimunya said that the government would meet EU officials to establish the impact of those changes to the EPA negotiations, adding, however, that the negotiations are still ongoing.
The Aid for Trade initiative highlights the support that developing countries, particularly the least developed, need to increase their capacity to benefit from the global expansion of trade. At the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference held in Hong Kong in 2005, the international community mobilised and made financial commitments in favour of Aid for Trade.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
The development of coherent and effective relations with other regions and countries is one of the most challenging tasks faced by the European Union. This original volume explores the EU’s engagement with the global South, focusing on three controversial policy areas: economic cooperation, development cooperation, and conflict management.