He said the talks came at a crucial moment for the ACP group
and its future.
Lome1, which was signed by 46 ACP countries and 9 European countries in 1975, marked the beginning of cooperation between the EC and ACP Group
The Cotonou Agreement must end by 31 December this year and will be replaced by a general system of preference (GSP)--a more general, less preferential agreement--unless the ACP groups
can reach an agreement with the EU.
When the 'green-room' participants emerged to consult with the ACP group
, the ACP was well prepare.
Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group
Both sides said they were "satisfied" with the final agreement, with EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs calling them "extremely constructive and positive" and Paul Bunduku-Latha, Gabonese deputy minister for economy, trade and tourism and president of the ACP group
saying the revised agreement would "enable us to reinforce and deepen our dialogue as partners".
Over the issue of trade protocols governing bananas from the ACP group
of countries, the European Parliament has been at loggerheads with the European Commission which carries out legislation.
The event is especially important for the ACP Group
of States, whose 79 member states include more than 60 that export fisheries products, both from maritime and inland fisheries and from aquaculture.
It is normal for that to arouse fears," declared the commissioner, who reiterated his faith in trade liberalisation and the need to put an end to the preferential system used between the EU and the ACP group
since the 1970s.
The second issue will be to reaffirm the identity of the ACP Group
The panel featured the results of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, an initiative of the ACP Group
of States, funded by the European Union (EU) and UNDP and implemented by UNDP, which seeks to improve the sustainable development outcomes from the mining of local minerals and materials like sand, clay and gravel used for local development in 40 countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
The force of the debate revealed the extent to which relations between the Union and the ACP group
have deteriorated in the course of the talks.