EU- ACP countries future partnership: Council adopts negotiating mandate

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On 22 June, 2018, the Council adopted the negotiating mandate for the future agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Formal negotiations will start by the end of August 2018, as provided by the current agreement, the Cotonou Agreement.

The EU will work towards a substantially revised agreement with a common foundation at ACP level combined with three regional tailored partnerships for Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The future agreement is expected to cover priority areas such as democracy and human rights, economic growth and investment, climate change, poverty eradication, peace and security and migration and mobility.

The ACP group adopted its own negotiating position on 30 May, 2018, at the ACP Council of Ministers.

Read more at: European Council

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