David against Goliath: Conference on Coherence in EU Foreign Trade Policy in Berlin

On the 27 February 2007, the international Conference ”David against Goliath? The development policy coherence of future Free Trade Agreements between the EU and Africa” took place in Berlin in the framework of the VENRO Project on Germany’s EU Council Presidency. In the context of its Council Presidency in the first half of 2007, the German Federal Government has agreed to urge that the EPAs be designed in a manner conducive to development. Civil society in the ACP states and the EU has repeatedly underlined its criticism of the current EPA concept. Now time is tight: ”The EU has to adopt an interim regime now that secures the ACP states the market access they have enjoyed so far,” Klaus Schilder demanded. ”This is the only way to prevent imports from the ACP states flagging at the beginning of next year. The costs of the interim regime are low compared to the economic and social damage caused by threats to the livelihoods of many ACP exporters.” http://www.prospects-for-africa.de/newsdetails.html?&L=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=28&tx_ttnews[backPid]=8&cHash=ab48c1a9cb