Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations

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Three papers presented at a meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific Fisheries and Trade experts in April 2003. The meeting’s primary concerns were the future of relations between the ACP and the EU, and preparing ACP countries for Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.

The first paper, ‘The Future of European UnionACP Fisheries Relations’, looks at the increasingly complex ACP/EU relationship. The second, ‘WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable Management’, outlines a possible fisheries framework agreement. The third paper, ‘Elements of an ACPEU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Arrangements’, looks at the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, considers the impact they will have on developing countries and suggests riskmitigation strategies.



The Future of European Union-ACP Countries Fisheries Relations: Introduction

In recent years much attention has been paid to the formal ‘cash for access’ fisheries agreements negotiated between the European Union and its partners in the African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ICSF, 2000). However, such agreements are really only one part - the visible tip of the iceberg - of a complex set of arrangements, formal and informal, through which EU fishery enterprises gain access to ACP fishery resources (both fishing grounds and fishery products).


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