International conference ACP-EU Energy Facility: Energising the ACP countries

November 4, 2009

On the 4 November 2009, the European Commission is hosting a conference with about 170 participants from ACP countries, EU Member States, international organisations, NGOs and private sector representatives. The aim is to present the results of the first Call for Proposals – with a special focus on three awarded projects (Central African region, Dominican Republic, Vanuatu) – and to announce the launch of the second Energy Facility. From 9 am, Centre ALBERT BORSCHETTE, room AB- 0A.
Go to the official website of the EU-ACP Energy Facility – click here
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Statement by Sir John Kaputin, Secretary-General of the ACP House, at the Workshop on the Lisbon Treaty and Impacts on ACP

November 4, 2009

The Secretary-General of the ACP Secretariat, Sir John Kaputin, hold a speech at the ACP House, Brussels on Friday, 16 October 2009 at the Workshop on the Lisbon Treaty and its potential impacts on the ACP Group.
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Official launch of the ACP Migration Facility

November 4, 2009

The ACP Migration Facility aims to support the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to better understand and manage the flow of migration within their borders, was officially launched on the 27th and 28th October in Brussels during a workshop organised by the ACP Secretariat in collaboration with the European Commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office (AIDCO).
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The Lisbon Treaty – Implications for ACP-EU Relations by Eleonora Koeb (ECDPM)

October 30, 2009

Following the positive result of the referendum in Ireland on 2 October 2009 – but pending ratification by one EU member state, the Czech Republic – the Lisbon Treaty is widely expected to enter into force before the end of the year.
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Weekly up-date on EPAs

October 24, 2007

Pursuing its efforts to increase the transparency of the highly sensitive EPA negotiations, ECDPM has decided to set up dedicated pages for each ACP region negotiating an EPA with the EU at www.acp-eu-trade.org/epa.

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EUROCHAMBRES – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry – tackles issues of export and investment strategies in its contribution

March 30, 2007

European Chambers of Commerce and Industry are increasingly interested in the region. On their request and in line with the 2007 Chambers’ Manifesto, EUROCHAMBRES is starting to develop a more robust role in shaping business policy with ACP countries and seeks to contribute to the development of meaningful programmes of cooperation. Particular focus is on the involvement of non-state actors and especially the private sector into policy making.

This contribution tackles the following questions:

  • What role can non-state actors play in the promotion of governance?
  • EU support to African export capacility building
  • What best can AU and EU authorities do to promote sustainable investment in Africa
  • How best can African and EU trade policies be organised and coordinated so as to effectively promote sustainable development and contribute to poverty eradication?

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See contributions by other organisations here.

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AU Declaration on EPAs

February 11, 2007

The Assembly of the African Union has adopted a Declaration on Economic Partnership Agreements stating, among others, their concern over “ political and economic pressures that have been exerted by the European Commission on African countries to initial Interim Economic Partnership Agreements” and over the impact of the current EPA negotiation process on regional integration. This follows strong statements that were made at the Lisbon Summit by some African Heads of States. The Assembly also welcomed EC President Barroso’s proposal to organize discussions on EPAs negotiations at the highest level. Also other organizations see the EPAs as a hostile to Africa’s Industrialization. Afro-flag Youth Vision and Oxfam International called upon African governments that are debating the progress of industrialization in the continent at the opening of the African Union (AU) assembly to act jointly and block the threat posed by the European Union’s (EU) Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). “The implementation of EPAs will have a critical negative impact on Africa’s industrial development and economic policies,” Abera Tola, a representative from Oxfam, said at the 10th ordinary session of heads of states and governments of the AU.

Decisions and Declarations (Assembly of the AU) – pdf

Decisions and Declarations (Executive Council)- pdf 


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