Negotiating Economic Partnership Agreements – Fisheries
The aim of this InBrief series is to identify the key issues at stake within the various chapters of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) being negotiated between the European Union and six African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regional groupings. Each InBrief addresses one chapter, offering an overview of the trade or trade-related provisions, highlighting their relevance for the ACP and identifying a range of policy options for the negotiations.
The current non-reciprocal preferential trade relations under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU) and ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) States are due to be replaced by comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and ACP regional groupings. A vital issue for ACP negotiators is to determine the key issues in each of the chapters of these proposed EPAs, define their interests, and identify various policy options. The EPA In Brief on Fisheries aims to give an overview of the fisheries issues at stake in the EPA negotiations. It provides, in a non-technical way, an introduction to, and a synthesis of the fisheries issues to be addressed in the negotiations.