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May 19, 2000

POLITICS-EU/ACP: Coup in Fiji May Delay Signing of New Partnership Agreement

The coup attempt in Fiji Friday will likely force the 71 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group and the European Union (EU) to sign a successor agreement to the Lome IV Convention elsewhere.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/05/politics-eu-acp-coup-in-fiji-may-delay-signing-of-new-partnership-agreement/
May 17, 2000

POLITICS-EU/ACP: Co-operation with Cuba at a Crossroads

The European Union (EU) is considering re- orientating its co-operation with Cuba from humanitarian aid to support for local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), said the Union's top development official this week.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/05/politics-eu-acp-co-operation-with-cuba-at-a-crossroads/
May 15, 2000

DEVELOPMENT-EU/ACP: NGOs Push for Inclusion, Poverty Eradication at Suva

The new trade and aid partnership agreement between the European Union (EU) and the 71 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group that replaces the Lome Conventions fails to safeguard the notion that poverty eradication plays a central role in ACP-EU relations or guarantee the inclusion of civil society, according to a new report.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/05/development-eu-acp-ngos-push-for-inclusion-poverty-eradication-at-suva/
May 2, 2000

TRADE: Human Rights Issue Thwarts Cuban Admission to EU-ACP Deal

Cuba withdrew its request for admission to an agreement through which the European Union (EU) provides preferential treatment to a large group of developing countries after several members of the European bloc voted in favour of a United Nations resolution condemning Havana for alleged human rights abuses.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/05/trade-human-rights-issue-thwarts-cuban-admission-to-eu-acp-deal/
April 9, 2000

DEVELOPMENT-EU/ACP: Study Criticises Past Criteria for Allocating EU Aid

The European Union (EU) has set out to "rationalise" its overall development policy, in part by shifting aid allocation to need and merit-based criteria in future agreements.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/04/development-eu-acp-study-criticises-past-criteria-for-allocating-eu-aid/
March 24, 2000

//CORRECTED REPEAT//POLITICS-DEVELOPMENT: EU-ACP Joint Assembly Envisions Enhanced Co-Operation

The twice-annual joint assembly of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group and the European Union (EU) states, meeting in the Nigerian capital of Abuja this week, ended Thursday with general promises to intensify both North-South and regional co-operation by improving the functioning of the assembly.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/03/corrected-repeat-politics-development-eu-acp-joint-assembly-envisions-enhanced-co-operation/

POLITICS-DEVELOPMENT: EU-ACP Joint Assembly Envisions Enhanced Co- Operation

The twice-annual joint assembly of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group and the European Union (EU) states, meeting in the Nigerian capital of Abuja this week, end Thursday with general promises to intensify both north-south and regional co-operation by improving the functioning of the assembly.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/03/politics-development-eu-acp-joint-assembly-envisions-enhanced-co-operation/
February 9, 2000

POLITICS-EU/ACP: Immigration Clause Under Fire

European Union (EU) officials found themselves in the uncomfortable situation of having to defend their insistance on a repatriation clause in a trade and aid pact agreed with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries last week.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/02/politics-eu-acp-immigration-clause-under-fire/
February 2, 2000

//CORRECTED REPEAT//DEVELOPMENT-EU/ACP: Trade and Illegal Immigrants Are Sticking Points

Trade and repatriation of illegal immigrants are the major issues to be tackled at the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group negotiators meeting in Brussels, Belgium, this week.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/02/corrected-repeat-development-eu-acp-trade-and-illegal-immigrants-are-sticking-points/

DEVELOPMENT-EU/ACP: Trade and Illegal Immigrants Discussed

Trade and repatriation of illegal immigrants are the major issues to be tackled at the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group negotiators meeting in Brussels, Belgium, this week.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2000/02/development-eu-acp-trade-and-illegal-immigrants-discussed/
December 10, 1999

DEVELOPMENT: EU and ACP Hammer Out New Trade and Aid Convention

After two years of talks, the 15-member European Union (EU) and 71 former European colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) agreed here Thursday as to the shape of the future relationship between the two blocs.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/12/development-eu-and-acp-hammer-out-new-trade-and-aid-convention/
November 29, 1999

TRADE-ACP: Speaking With One Voice on Trade Matters

Leaders and senior officials of the 71-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group have agreed to launch a united campaign during the next few days of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations in Seattle to ensure that the needs of poor and developing countries are recognised.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/11/trade-acp-speaking-with-one-voice-on-trade-matters/
November 27, 1999

TRADE-ACP: Leaders Settle on Good Governance Language

Leaders and senior officials of the 71-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group negotiated difficult terrain Friday when they agreed to a Summit Declaration which travelled the narrow road of good governance provisions viewed by Europe as integral to any post-Lome IV Accord.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/11/trade-acp-leaders-settle-on-good-governance-language/
November 25, 1999

POLITICS/TRADE-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Locals Show Little Interest in ACP Summit

Despite considerable media hype and an unprecedented network of security measures for this weeks meeting of 71 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, Dominicans are displaying little interest in, but much suspicion about, the proceedings planned for Thursday and Friday at a specially converted wing of the building housing the Ministry of Armed Forces.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/11/politics-trade-dominican-republic-locals-show-little-interest-in-acp-summit/

TRADE-CARIBBEAN: WTO Holds the Spotlight as ACP Summit Opens

The focus fell as much on imminent World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations as it did on a post Lome IV arrangement when the 71- member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group opened its second-ever Summit Thursday.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/11/trade-caribbean-wto-holds-the-spotlight-as-acp-summit-opens/
November 22, 1999

TRADE-CARIBBEAN: ACP States at a Crucial Juncture

Leaders and senior officials of the 71-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping meet this week on Caribbean soil for the first time with crucial negotiations involving the European Union uppermost, yet not exclusively, on their minds.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/11/trade-caribbean-acp-states-at-a-crucial-juncture/
July 10, 1999

RIGHTS-DEVELOPMENT: Next EU/ACP Agreement Must Be ‘Engendered’

The challenge for the 71 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and their partners at the European Union (EU) is to focus trade and development policies on women, youth and the poor, civil society groups agreed here Saturday.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/07/rights-development-next-eu-acp-agreement-must-be-engendered/
July 7, 1999

DEVELOPMENT-EUROPE: NGOs Debate Future of ACP-EU Agreement

Concerned about the outcome of negotiations on the future of the soon-to-expire Lome Convention IV, representatives of civil society and media in the former European colonies and the European Union (EU), are due to meet in Brussels on July 8-10.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/07/development-europe-ngos-debate-future-of-acp-eu-agreement/
May 14, 1999

TRADE: ACP, EU Negotiations Drag On At Snail’s Pace

The gap between the positions of the 71 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and the European Union (EU) looks set to expand as negotiations for a successor agreement to the Lome IV Convention drag on at snail's pace.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/05/trade-acp-eu-negotiations-drag-on-at-snails-pace/
April 12, 1999

TRADE: Banana Ruling Favours Ecuador While Protecting ACP Sales

The latest World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling against the European Union banana import regime benefits Ecuador without removing protection from former European colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), according to trade sources.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/04/trade-banana-ruling-favours-ecuador-while-protecting-acp-sales/
February 27, 1999

WEEKLY SELECTION/DEVELOPMENT-POLITICS: Good Governance Divides EU and ACP

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations and the 15 members of the European Union (EU) have fallen out over whether "good governance" should be linked to development aid in the framework of the Lome Convention, the huge trade and aid agreement that links the two blocs.
http://www.ipsnews.net/1999/02/weekly-selection-development-politics-good-governance-divides-eu-and-acp/
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