ACP-EU: Cotonou agreement is extended to December 2020

Economic governance
Monday, 17 February 2020 13:32
ACP-EU: Cotonou agreement is extended to December 2020

(Togo First) - Initially set to expire this month (February 29), the Cotonou partnership agreement will finally expire in December 2020. 

The decision to extend the expiry date of the ACP-EU agreement was reached last Friday. It was the conclusion of the first session of talks between the two chief negotiators of the two parties concerned, Robert Dussey (who is also Togo’s minister of foreign affairs) for the ACP, and Jutta Urpilainen, for the EU. 

The agreement which was effective since June 2000, will, therefore, remain in vigor with no amendment.  

In the meantime, “EU and ACP teams will continue negotiations, merging proposals and fine-tuning the text of the agreement. These include the general provisions, means of cooperation, institutional framework and final provisions,” they said. 

Let’s recall that talks for a new agreement began in September 2018, in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly. The new agreement should redefine terms of the existing partnership agreement between ACP countries and the European Union

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