Trade Policy Reform
The EU's common trade policy is one of its pillars.
Trade has also traditionally been a key component of the EU's development
programme. EU leading politicians claim that the EU's focus on trade
has a strong developmental dimension, but is this so?
Currently two major trade negotiation processes are being prepared
which will profoundly affect the economic and commercial opportunities
of the developing countries in the South.
The EU plays a leading role in the preparations of a next round
of negotiations in the WTO following the Doha Ministerial. in addition,
the EU tried to forged a policy of close cooperation with governments
of developing countries in these negotiations. But will the proposals
that are put on the table by the EU indeed provide new opportunities
for poverty eradication in developing countries?
The EU is also currently preparing the renegotiation of new Economic
Co-operation Agreement, the so-called "Economic Partnership
Agreements" (EPAs), with the world's poorest countries of Africa,
Caribbean and the Pacific. What is the EU attempting to achieve
and what can be expected from these negotiations?
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