June 21, 2010
In a joint open Letter to Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, 30 NGOs expressed their concern over the undue pressure on the government of Namibia to sign the interim EPA. The negotiations on the “SADC” EPA are still ongoing and contentious issues still remain outstanding. The NGOs urged the Commissioner to stop the pressure on Namibia, but to engage positively with the “SADC EPA” countries, and show policy flexibility in addressing the outstanding issues in the negotiations.
Full text of the letter: Namibia NGO letter 100618
Answer: De Gucht reply to NGO letter on Namibia 100712
April 15, 2010
invitation et le programme en français: invitation séminaire APE FR
The purpose of the seminar is to take stock of the EPA negotiations and implementation and to assess the EPAs in the light of the global crises.
The seminar will take place at The International Auditorium; Boulevard du Roi Albert II, N° 5/2, B-1210 Brussels on Thursday 29 April 2010 from 9:00 to 17:00.
The following civil organisations are contributing to the organisation of the event (preliminary list): ActionAid, African Trade Network, APRODEV, Africa Groups Sweden, Caribbean Policy Development Centre, ENDA, Forum Syd, ICCO, Oxfam International, Pacific Network on Globalisation, Partnership for Change, SOS Faim, Third World Network Africa, Transnational Institute, Traidcraft, and 11.11.11.
Programm: Read the rest of this entry »
April 14, 2010
In an Interview with IPS, Yash Tadon, Ugandan political economist and former Director of South Center, called for a moratorium on the EPA negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
April 12, 2010
Ablassé Ouédraogo, former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former special advisor to the President of ECOWAS for trade negotiations, explains five reasons to supend EPA negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
April 12, 2010
SAPSN STATEMENT, WINDHOEK, 25 MARCH 2010
The Southern African Peoples Solidarity Network (SAPSN) is a regional network embracing a wide range of civil society organizations, labour and social movements from all the countries of the whole Southern African region.
Amongst many concerns common to all the countries and peoples of our region, we also have to deal with the economic and political relations between the governments of our region and the European Union (EU). These have most recently been expressed in their negotiations over so-called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Read the rest of this entry »
September 24, 2009
Activists and campaigners in 30 countries demand turnaround in EPA negotiations
(Brussels, 25 September 2009): Through a collective mass fax and e-mail action, more than 80 organisations in 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Pacific have today called on decision-makers to fundamentally change the course of the ongoing negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the European Union and ACP countries. The EU approach to these negotiations is the main problem, activists say. Read the rest of this entry »