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Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations

image of Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations
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.

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WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable Management: Introduction

After almost five years of discussion at the Committee on Trade and Environment, WTO members have embarked upon negotiations on fisheries subsidies as a result of the decision reached by ministers at the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the WTO at Doha. The ministerial decision was couched in language that explicitly recognised the importance of the sector to developing countries and clearly implied the development of appropriate special and differential treatment rules. Yet despite the language and the principal submission by Friends of Fish, the majority of which are developing countries, there has been no substantive call for special and differential treatment from developing countries.

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