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Economic Partnership Agreements: ACP Countries

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have received from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries unable to meet the deadline to agree economic partnership agreements or regional partnerships with the European Union; and what responses they have given.[HL1493]

Only Nigeria, which chose not to sign an economic partnership agreement (EPA), has contacted the European Commission and European Union member states to request being placed on the enhanced Generalised System of Preferences, GSP Plus.

Dr Chambas, president of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS), asked Gareth Thomas for the UK's support in this request. The UK has made clear that we would support any African, Caribbean or Pacific (ACP) country's request for GSP Plus if the country fulfilled the criteria for being granted this preferential trading regime.