ACP views on the Phase 1 negotiations
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CTA. 2003. ACP views on the Phase 1 negotiations. Agritrade, November 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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On the eve of the joint ACP-EU Ministerial the ACP Ministers issued ...
On the eve of the joint ACP-EU Ministerial the ACP Ministers issued a statement outlining what the ACP sought from Phase 1. This statement provides many points of contrast with the joint statement issued a day later, in particular in its listing of the important issues which still needed to be addressed, including: WTO-compatibility; dispute settlements; the non-execution clause; definition of the parties to EPAs; modalities for entry into force of EPAs; trade-related areas; rules of origin; safeguards; commodity protocols; all-ACP-EU framework agreement on fisheries; fiscal, economic, balance-of-payments and social implications of EPAs; additional resources; treatment of non-LDCs not in a position to enter into EPAs; treatment of LDCs not in a position to enter into EPAs; SPS issues; regular, formal and comprehensive reviews of preparations and negotiation of EPAs; implementation mechanism for EPAs; preservation of the acquis. The statement sets out the mechanisms for the continuation of Phase 1 discussions and the mechanisms to be established on the ACP side to link Phase 1 and Phase 2 talks in order to ensure consistency. Significantly ACP ministers reiterated the point that 'no ACP State, whether or not participating in an EPA, should be worse off than it is currently.' Comment: Unlike the joint statement which highlighted the areas of convergence this ACP statement highlights the many areas of divergence still remaining.