Negotiations for new framework for relations between EU and the ACP group

Karin Arts

A plea for continuing a binding legal framework for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) - EU Relations

On 18 September ISS Professor Karin Arts participated in a ‘Technical Seminar with EU member States Representatives’ in Brussels.

The seminar brought together some 80 to 100 EU policy makers in the run-up to negotiations of a new framework for relations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the EU. The current Cotonou Partnership Agreement will expire in 2020.

Binding legal basis for ACP-EU relations

Karin’s contribution focused on the importance of maintaining a binding legal basis for ACP-EU relations. It was based on Karin’s longstanding academic and advisory work on EU development cooperation. An example of the latter is her contribution, as co-chair, to the August 2015 Report by the Advisory Council on International Affairs, ACP-EU Cooperation after 2020: towards a new partnership?


The seminar was chaired by Prof. Maurizio Carbone (University of Glasgow). Other panelists were Prof. Stefan Keukeleire (University of Leuven) and Dr. Mark Langan (Newcastle University).

The seminar was organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).

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