Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations

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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.



Elements of an ACP-EU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Partnerships: Introduction

The purpose of this paper is to outline the key elements an ACP demand in future negotiations with the European Union. The paper is developed in light of the publication of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, EU Common Fisheries Policy reform proposal, the outcomes of the Johannesburg summit on sustainable development and the EU communication on fisheries partnerships. The EU communication on fisheries partnership agreements is entirely supportive of a sustainable and mutually advantageous arrangement between the EU and the ACP.


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