Analytical Note, February 2008

EPA Negotiations: State of Play and Strategic Considerations for the Way Forward.

This Analytical Note describes the process that led to the conclusion, in the last hours of 2007, of interim EPAs between the EU and 20 ACP countries as well as of a comprehensive EPA with the 15 CARIFORUM states. It overviews the contents of these agreements and comments on some elements related to their consistency with WTO rules. On each topic, the note highlights the developmental implications of the texts that have been initialled. Finally, it overviews some of the main challenges that ACP governments face now in the EPA negotiations and provides suggestions regarding strategic options for the way forward.


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