Press Notice 11, Session 2004-05

Further Evidence Session

Fair trade? The European Union’s trade agreements with the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

As part of its inquiry into the EU’s Trade Agreements with ACP countries, the International Development Committee will hold a second evidence session on Monday 7 February 2005. The Committee is pleased to announce that the following session has been arranged:

Time and Venue


3.00 pm, Palace of Westminster or Portcullis Hous (tbc)

Rt Hon Peter Mandelson, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission, and officials from DG trade

The evidence session will address the following key questions:

1. What options are available for ACP states under the Cotonou Agreement? Are regional Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) the most suitable developmental tool for all ACP states? What are the alternatives?

2. What are the implications for the ACP states of including the ‘new issues’ of investment, competition, government procurement and trade facilitation in the EPAs?

3. The extent to which rules of origin discourage some LDCs from using the Everything But Arms agreement and membership of an EPA will compel them to open their markets to the EU, what options are available to such states?

4. What can be done to help those ACP states heavily dependent on preferential access to the EU market in the light of changes likely to be made to the EU sugar regime over the next few years?

Detailed enquiries to Dr. Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist, on [email protected] or 020 7219 2738.


Further Information

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Mr John Bercow (Conservative), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative), Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), and Tony Worthington (Labour).

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