PostLomé WTOCompatible Trading Arrangements

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This report aims to stimulate a debate on the future of EU trade policy. It was written against a background of continuing uncertainty over a WTO waiver for the EUACP Cotonou Convention that would continue liberal access to the European market for ACP exports until 2007. Whilst it may have influenced the resolution of this issue, the immediate shortterm objective of the report was to help the ACP prepare for the start of negotiations on a postCotonou agreement (scheduled to begin in 2002 for completion by 2007); and in particular to set the agenda by seizing the intellectual high ground in the way that the European Commission was able to do during the final years of Lomé IV through the publication of its Green Paper.




This report is designed to stimulate a debate following the signature in Cotonou of a Framework Agreement for ACP-EU co-operation. The focus of the debate is to improve the development coherence of North-South trade policy in general, and that involving the EU in particular. It is desirable in its own right, but it is also a necessary part of preparations for a secure post-Cotonou trade regime.


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