Beyond Lomé IV: Exploring options for future ACP-EU cooperation
New approaches in the search for common interests between ACP countries and the EU as well as the involvement of new actors are needed to shape the future of ACP-EU cooperation. This was the main conclusion of a Conference organised by the ECDPM in Maastricht in June 1996. The Conference brought together a unique group of specialists on the Lomé Convention, including ambassadors and researchers, officials from EU member states and NGO representatives, entrepreneurs and parliamentarians. Prior to this meeting, ECDPM had launched, with special support from the French Government, a consultation process with a wide variety of actors in more than 20 ACP countries.