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.



WTO Approval

The need for the ACP and EU to extend their negotiating from Brussels to Geneva is a recent phenomenon: the Lomé Convention existed for two decades before its legitimacy before multilateral trade policy was challenged. Why? This section explains the changing attitude of WTO members to preferences, the ‘pegs’ on which such accords can be hung to secure their legitimacy, the extent to which the proposed post-Lomé options measure up, and the possible sources of challenge.


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