CONCORD presents a list of recommendations to put in place the most effective and useful mechanisms and elements of integration and defence of the role and space of civil society in the post-2020 EU-ACP agreement. The Council has adopted the negotiating mandate for the future EU-ACP agreement. Formal negotiations will begin at the end of August 2018, as stipulated in the current agreement. On 30 May 2018, at the ACP Council of Ministers, the ACP Group adopted its own negotiating position. The main objective of a post-Cotonou agreement is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in all ACP countries, in line with the provisions of the 2030 programme and the Sustainable Development Goals, through a strengthened and thorough political and economic partnership with the ACP Group as a more effective global player. The ACP negotiating mandate includes specific objectives that should support a partnership agreement with the EU after Cotonou: ACP-EU relations beyond 2020: exploration of European perceptions October 2013, Niels Keijzer, Brecht Lein, Mario Negre and Nicola Tissi, DIE/GDI Briefing Paper 11/2013 The European Commission has published a joint communication entitled „Towards a Renewed Partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) after 2020“, based on: CONCORD, with its partners from the JAES Civil Society Steering Committe (Europe and Africa) a seminar to discuss effective mechanisms for the space of civil society in the future PILLAR-Africa. Several stakeholders from the „Eg Post-Cotonou“ task force participated. After several months of interruption due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 28-member European Union and the 79-member Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) resumed negotiations for a new agreement in June. Many African countries are calling for a new course, especially in terms of trade relations. The Cotonou agreement laid the groundwork for the controversial Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). In recent years, the EU has negotiated such agreements with various OACPS members. Essentially, both parties agree to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers and open their markets to the other party`s products.
„Agreements are seen as unfair in Africa,“ says Maré. The European Union (EU) and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) have regulated their relations since 1975 through a number of partnership agreements.