Final ECDPM report of the Workshop for ACP Ambassadors: The implications of the Lisbon Treaty for the ACP Group

The workshop ” The implications of the Lisbon Treaty for the ACP Group ” was jointly organized by the ACP Secretariat and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) at the ACP House on the 16th of October 2009 and was held under Chatham house rules. Most of the ACP Ambassadors where present or represented at the meeting.

The overall tenor of the discussion was that there is continued uncertainty about how the EU institutional landscape will emerge post-Lisbon. The Ambassadors felt that it was important for them to follow the process closely and gain a good understanding of the new structures. A number of speakers thought that the Lisbon Treaty is likely to have a significant impact on ACP-EU relations. Even though risks for development policy and the ACP-EU relations were identified, many speakers maintained that this should not give rise to bleak projections: It was stressed that the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) – one of the most progressive cooperation frameworks and the largest North-South partnership in the world – remains a stable foundation for ACP-EU relations at least until 2020. In addition, there are also opportunities for the ACP to redefine its role vis-à-vis the EU in the new context.

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