ACP ministers review the EPA negotiations
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CTA. 2003. ACP ministers review the EPA negotiations. Agritrade, September 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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At their meeting on July 31st and August 1st...
At their meeting on July 31st and August 1st 2003 ACP trade ministers reiterated: their commitment to ending the phase 1 negotiations with a binding agreement; the need to address issues of common concern under phase 1; · the need for additional resources, and improvement of EDF disbursement procedures; · the need for a modification of WTO rules to allow flexibility in the negotiation of EPAs; · the need for ACP indebtedness to be addressed within the EPA negotiations. However, ACP Ministers also acknowledged that ACP regions and states which felt that they were in a position to do so, could commence phase 2 negotiations in September 2003. With regard to the reform of the CAP ACP ministers called for studies to be urgently undertaken on a product-by-product basis on the production and trade implications of CAP reform and on the impact of CAP reform on net-food-importing ACP countries. ACP Ministers also gave support to the West and Central African initiative around cotton and called for compensatory mechanisms to be set in place for ACP countries which suffer income losses as a result of CAP reform. Comment: The endorsement of a start to phase 2 negotiations, should some members wish it, even before phase 1 has been concluded, means that issues of common concern would have to be addressed in parallel with the conduct of phase 2 negotiations. This is likely to give the European Commission little incentive to address the substantive issues raised under phase 1, given that the Commission was always sceptical about the value of phase 1 negotiations.