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Exploring ACP responses to the EU proposal for Regional Economic Partnership Agreements

December 1998

ECDPM. 1998. Exploring ACP responses to the EU proposal for Regional Economic Partnership Agreements. (Lomé Negotiating Brief No. 4). Maastricht: ECDPM.

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In their negotiating mandate for a successor agreement to the Lomé IV Convention, the ACP strongly adhere to a status quo position on trade, i.e. keeping the current preferential system. While this may be the best short-term option for tactical purposes, it may suffer from a lack of realism in the long-term. Alternative positions could be explored, including ways to accommodate EU proposals for free-trade agreements with ACP regions. This Brief brings together the main conclusions of a two-day seminar, in which ACP and European experts — and for the first time ACP regional bodies — met with the ACP Secretariat and Ambassadors to reflect on these issues.

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