Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries
This page provides access to information about the partnership agreements (EPAs) between the EU and ACP countries to consolidate the EU's trade and development policy, creating a climate for investment and growth in the ACP regions
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States is made up of 79 countries – 48 from Sub Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.
A special preferential trade scheme was set up from 23 June 2000 under the Cotonou Agreement – a partnership agreement between the EU and ACP countries and the world's largest and oldest financial and political framework for North-South cooperation.
This agreement was also to be the origin of a new WTO compatible framework from 2008, as the EU and ACP countries began to set up Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) to create duty-free and quota-free market access for all ACP products.
Further information about the ACP group and the seven geographical ACP regions, including EPAs:
- ACP overview [128 KB]
- South Africa [95 KB] (see also: SADC-EPA group)
- Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) [139 KB]
- Pacific [255 KB]
- West Africa [174 KB]
- Central Africa [225 KB]
- East African Community (EAC) [209 KB]
- Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) [176 KB]