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ZEI Discussion Paper C 235/2016

Ludger Kühnhardt: Maturing beyond Cotonou: An EU-ACP Association Treaty for Development. A proposal for reinventing EU relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

ZEI Discussion Paper C 235/2016

The partnership between the European Union and 79 countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific – united as the ACP group of states – is based on the Cotonou Agreement. This unique and legally binding treaty is the only existing one which includes countries on four continents. It defines EU-ACP relations in the fields of development aid, trade and political dialogue. The Cotonou Treaty will expire in 2020. ZEI Director Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt takes stock with the EU-ACP partnership and makes bold proposals for its future: He calls for a strategic maturation and the negotiation of an “EU-ACP Association Treaty for Development”. He focuses on thematic priorities, discusses regional particularities and projects a stronger global visibility, especially in the United Nations, of the EU-ACP grouping beyond 2020.

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