The Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol countries (AMSP) support a number of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries that are adjusting to the 2006 reform of the EU's sugar regime
Some basic facts about these accompanying measures:
- From 2006 to 2013, the EU will be providing aid worth €1.25 billion to facilitate the adjustment.
- Specific support strategies exist for every country.
The AMSPs support a wide variety of projects that range from improving competitiveness to promoting diversification.
Background & Objectives
The Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol countries (AMSP) programme (2007-13) was set up following the reform in 2006 of the EU's sugar regime. It was designed to support the adaptation process of 18 Sugar Protocol countries traditionally exporting sugar to the EU.
Recognising the likely needs of certain Sugar Protocol countries to adapt to the new market conditions created by the 2006 reform of the Common Market Organisation (CMO) for sugar, the European Commission committed to accompanying the adaptation process through development assistance covering the period 2006-13.
The budget is distributed among the beneficiary countries according to their needs, depending on the level of impact of the reform and on the importance of the sector in their economies. These countries are Barbados, Belize, Côte d’Ivoire, Fiji, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The AMSP are temporary measures with a distinctive emphasis on restructuring initiatives along three main lines of action:
- enhancing the competitiveness of the sugar cane sector, where this is a sustainable process, taking into account the situation of the different stakeholders in the chain;
- promoting the economic diversification of sugar-dependent areas;
- addressing broader impacts generated by the adaptation process, possibly related, but not restricted to employment and social services, land use and environmental restoration, the energy sector, research and innovation and macroeconomic stability.
The Development Cooperation Instrument is the legal basis for this development programme. The Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol countries affected by the reform of the EU sugar regime laid the foundations for the present AMSP strategy.
The Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol countries (AMSP) support a number of ACP countries that are adjusting to the 2006 reform of the EU's sugar regime.
The Development Cooperation Instrument provides the legal basis for this development programme.
The total financial allocation for the period 2007-2013 is €1.2 billion.