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EU and ESA Close First Phase of Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations - Feb 9, 2006

European Union Trade Commissioner met with Ministers from Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) to launch the second phase of negotiations of the EU–ESA Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which is based on regional integration in the Southern and Eastern Africa region including Madagascar.

EPAs are the trade and development agreements that the European Union is currently negotiating with the 6 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. The EU has committed to ensuring that the EPAs will guarantee both the development focus and the preferential trading terms currently enjoyed by ACP countries, while complying with WTO obligations.


Full press release: http://europa-eu-un.org/articles/en/article_5671_en.htm




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