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.



Which Developing Countries have an Interest?

The WTO members that have a direct, objective commercial interest in opposing an extension of ACP preferences – both now in relation to the Cotonou waiver and subsequently over a post-Cotonou agreement – are those that export the same (or closely competitive) items to the EU. A cessation of Lomé-style preferences would provide these competitors with a relative improvement in their access terms compared with the ACP. If they are currently disadvantaged the change would give them parity of treatment.


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