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:
- South Africa (see also: SADC-EPA group)