Radio New Zealand | 13 June 2015
ACP calls EU’s EPA deferral unacceptable
The organisation of African, Carribean and Pacific countries says the European Union’s decision to defer negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement unacceptable.
The EU last month proposed a three year deferral after negotiations for the region-wide deal reached a stalemate after 11 years of discussions.
But the Fiji Times reports the ACP’s secretary-general, Dr Patrick Gomes, saying the deferral was unrealistic, and the he hopes to resolve it next week at a joint ACP-EU parliamentary assembly.
Mr Gomes says such an agreement would be important to the ACP’s economic goals in terms of investment and financing to move their developing countries forward.