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Cotonou Agreement

Cotonou Agreement and the Treaties of the European Union

Description of Cotonou Agreement provided by the European Union Commission: Signed in 2000, this agreement replaced the Lomé Convention. Its main objective is to create a new framework for co-operation between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the EU. One of the major dimensions of the new agreement is trade. The new framework makes significant amendments to the existing system in order to bring it into line with WTO rules and to enable the ACPStates to play a full part in international trade. The Agreement provides for the negotiation of new trading arrangements [see EPA] with a view to liberalising trade between the two parties, putting an end to the system of non-reciprocal trade preferences from which the ACP States currently benefit. Nonetheless, the current system will remain in force for a preparatory period, up to 2008 (the date envisaged for the entry into force of the new arrangements) with a transitional period of at least 12 years. The Community’s policy will take account of these countries’ social and economic constraints in two ways: one, through social and human development policies (fight against poverty) and, two through co-operation and enhancing the capacities of ACP States in international bodies.

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Cotonou Agreement and the Treaties of the European Union

Description of Cotonou Agreement provided by the European Union Commission: Signed in 2000, this agreement replaced the Lomé Convention. Its main objective is to create a new framework for co-operation between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the EU. One of the major dimensions of the new agreement is trade. The new framework makes significant amendments to the existing system in order to bring it into line with WTO rules and to enable the ACPStates to play a full part in international trade. The Agreement provides for the negotiation of new trading arrangements [see EPA] with a view to liberalising trade between the two parties, putting an end to the system of non-reciprocal trade preferences from which the ACP States currently benefit. Nonetheless, the current system will remain in force for a preparatory period, up to 2008 (the date envisaged for the entry into force of the new arrangements) with a transitional period of at least 12 years. The Community’s policy will take account of these countries’ social and economic constraints in two ways: one, through social and human development policies (fight against poverty) and, two through co-operation and enhancing the capacities of ACP States in international bodies.

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