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Development Policy 25-01-2017

Malmström put on spot by Nigeria on EU deals with ACP countries

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström came under fire from Nigeria on Tuesday (24 January) over the state of the bloc’s Economic Partnership Agreements with the developing world.

Trade & Society 31-10-2016

‘Incomplete and outdated’: Why I reject the EU-Ghana deal

The EU’s trade deal with Ghana may not have made headlines, but it threatens to undermine the Sustainable Development Goals and West African economic integration, writes Jude Kirton-Darling.

Development Policy 28-09-2016

EU wins the battle for reciprocal trade access in Africa

The six African countries threatened with losing access to the European single market have finally agreed to sign the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). But the continent’s regional integration may suffer as a result. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 10-06-2016

Brussels to end preferential trade access for uncooperative African countries

EXCLUSIVE / The EU plans to raise the pressure on six African countries to implement controversial free trade agreements by putting an end to their preferential access to the EU market. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 26-10-2015

EU Trade and Investment: A bumpy road

San Bilal, Clara Brandi and Max Mendez-Parra question whether the Commission’s new trade strategy truly is “for all”, and if it is in line with the global goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Merkel's Africa commissioner criticised the EU's Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Africa saying it contradicts development aid efforts. [Nooke}
Development Policy 07-11-2014

EU-Africa free trade agreement ‘destroys’ development policy, says Merkel advisor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Africa Commissioner, Günter Nooke issued harsh criticism of the EU’s joint free trade deal with multiple African countries, claiming the EPA counteracts Europe’s development policy efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.

In negotiations over a preferential trade agreement between Africa and the EU, Permanent Representative of the African Union to the EU Ajay Bramdeo (right) sharply criticises the behaviour of the Commission, led by José Manuel Barroso. [EC]
Development Policy 05-06-2014

African countries feel cornered in EU trade negotiations

The EU is anxious to finalise talks with Africa over a planned Economic Partnership Agreement. If negotiators do not seal the deal by 1 October, preferential access to the EU's internal market will be cut short, putting pressure on African negotiators, who feel their concerns are falling on deaf ears. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Development Policy 23-04-2013

EU pressures seven African countries to complete trade agreements

Seven African countries face paying tariffs on their exports to the European Union if they fail to honour trade agreements signed with Brussels in 2007, EURACTIV France reports.