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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.

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Integrating the GSP into a Coherent Trade Policy for Development

Section 4 has identified the countries that have a potential objective interest in opposing a continuation of ACP preferences; this section and the next examine possible improvements in EU trade policy that, if linked to the Cotonou and post-Cotonou package, could sway their opinion. Evidently, any changes that removed the ACP's preference margin would undermine the purpose of the exercise.

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