The WTO-sanctioned waiver for the extension of the Lomé system of preferences to the African, Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries expired in December 2007. This deadline coincided with the scheduled conclusion of the EU–ACP Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations, initiated in 2002. The origins of the EU–ACP relationship stretch back to the early days of the European Community, and were formalised in 1975 with the signing of the Georgetown Agreement. However, there has been a notable ‘cooling’ of the relationship since the signing of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement in 2000. For many, the new EPA framework is perceived as a diktat rather than a true partnership agreement. This article reviews the culmination of six years of talks between the two sides and the EU's apparent ‘rationalisation’ of a decades-old partnership.
|Translated title of the contribution||The End of a 'Special Relationship'? The new EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements|
|Pages (from-to)||79 - 92|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Review of African Political Economy|
|Publication status||Published - May 2009|