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An ACP Perspective and Overview of Article 96 Cases

September 2005

Bradley, A. 2005. An ACP perspective and overview of Article 96 cases. (ECDPM Discussion Paper 64D). Maastricht: ECDPM.

The Cotonou Agreement, often hailed as the most comprehensive partnership between a developing and developed grouping within the North-South development cooperation context, also provides a firm basis for ACP-EU political dialogue, and in particular for dialogue on the essential elements and fundamental element: respect for human rights, democratic principles, rule of law and good governance.

One of the key objectives of the Cotonou Agreement is to eradicate poverty, and it is therefore expected, within the spirit and nature of the ACP-EU Partnership, that when the Article 96 consultation procedure is invoked, it will be without any negative consequences for the aforementioned key objective of the Agreement. 

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Andrew Bradley