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EU economic partnership agreements in Sub-Saharan Africa: avenues of compromise for a constructive outcome by September 2014

EU-Wirtschaftspartnerschaftsabkommen mit Sub-Sahara-Afrika: Kompromisslinien für ein konstruktives Verhandlungsergebnis bis September 2014

Schmieg, Evita

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract For more than ten years the European Union has been negotiating economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with regional groupings in Africa. These free trade agreements are dedicated first and foremost to the goal of sustainable development. While African governments are wary of the consequences of market opening and sceptical of restrictions of their policy space, they are also interested in gaining access to the EU market. The European Union’s decision to restrict free market access as of 1 October 2014 to countries and regions that exhibit a clear intention to ratify such agreements has injected pressure and momentum into the talks. The negotiations can be concluded constructively if both sides accept necessary compromises. That demands movement, not least at the very top. (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; Africa South of the Sahara; international economic relations; economic cooperation; economic agreement; sustainable development; free trade; economic policy; development policy
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Economic Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 08/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications