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Press Review: ACP and the trade with the European Union

03/09/2016

AGENCE EUROPE (France, news agency)

EPA; Left-wing MEPs unhappy that ACP countries could lose EU preferential access

"ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) countries which are not among the group of least advanced countries have until 1 October to ratify an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union or their preferential access to the EU market will be withdrawn by the European Commission, by means of a delegated act under the terms of the regulation on market access (1528/2007).

“The issue of delegated acts is political. Requiring a country to ratify something is a political act”, argued Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL, Germany). “The EPA with the East African Community presents a number of weaknesses. If one refers to the EU-Africa strategy, it is clearly stated that our economic and political relations with the countries of Africa must support regional cooperation and the development of the countries concerned.” Furthermore, the treaty says that all policies must be consistent with development policy. “These delegated acts run counter to the spirit of the principles of the EU”, he said, suggesting that the October date must be considered with possibilities for dialogue. Daniel Caspary (EPP, Germany) retorted that the deadline of 1 October 2016 was “already a compromise”. ..."

The full text article was published as news agency report for Agence Europe.

 

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