There is only limited progress in the EPA negotiations
MetadataShow full item record
CTA. 2003. There is only limited progress in the EPA negotiations. Agritrade, June 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/52412
Reviewing progress to date an ECDPM review concludes that...
Reviewing progress to date an ECDPM review concludes that there has been 'little progress' in the EPA negotiations. A considerable divergence of views exists on: the modalities for concluding phase 1 (with the ACP wanting a formal agreement); the definition of the parties signatory to the EPAs in phase 2; additional funds beyond the EDF; a joint ACP-EU steering committee on WTO negotiations. In addition there is no agreement on either the approach or content of the discussions on development issues. The European Commission considers that the Cotonou Agreement adequately covers this dimension while the ACP believes that it is still inadequately addressed, and needs to be discussed separately. Similarly there is no agreement on discussing agricultural or service issues as distinct topics. To date no substantive issues have been discussed in phase 1, causing concern within the ACP. This situation needs to be seen in the context of the EC's opposition from the start to a substantive first phase at the all-ACP level. The paper maintains that the slow progress can also be attributed in part to the lack of capacity and experience with trade negotiations in many ACP countries. This is compounded by the sheer size of the ACP Group, which makes reaching a consensus very difficult.