EU and ACP narrow their differences

13 May 1998

EU and ACP narrow their differences

THE European Union and the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations have agreed to try to overcome their differences and preserve their “historical partnership” in trade.

The current Lomé agreement expires in 2000, but talks to establish a successor pact begin in September this year.

Differences had previously existed over a whole range of issues but these have now been narrowed. ACP nations earlier argued that the guarantees the EU wanted in a new pact suggested “foreign dictation” of their domestic affairs.

  • Financial Times 13/05/98 page 4

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