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Special Report: the future of the ACP-EU Relationship

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Can you think of a group of almost half of the countries in the world that delivers crucial commodities and does not have a real say in global governance? Well, it exists. And the group now wants to be heard.

The-BrokerThe future of the largest inter-regional cooperation between the EU and the ACP states in the world remains uncertain; The EU is like an old man sailing uncertain seas, is sending signals that it might not extend The ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement. However,  schemes of international cooperation are changing rapidly and the question is not necessarily whether the EU wants to extend the treaty but whether the ACP really needs the EU.Trading with non-EU countries might prove more tempting than receiving aid from Europe. And being more independent, ACP countries feel, strengthens their presence in global governance.

In the Special Report published by the Broker entitled "The old man and the seas — The future of EU-ACP relations"', Prof Mirjam van Reisen, EU External Policy Expert, discusses the future of the ACP and its relationship with the European Union.

Within the report, Prof van Reisen explores and examines the future of the ACP-EU relationship in the context of the ACP’s effort to establish a presence in global governance; the ACP's opportunities to become a stronger, more independent group; and the new relationships the ACP is building with the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and other emerging economies.

Click here to download the Special Report from the Broker website.