• 1. Starting point
  • A. Less than satisfactory results for Lomé preferences (1975-2000)
  • B. Preferences incompatible with WTO rules
  • C. Status quo not a solution
  • 2. The means: regional trade and development agreements
  • A. Gradual, controlled and mutually advantageous liberalisation
  • B. An asymmetric liberalisation
  • C. A liberalisation fully benefiting the ACP countries
  • 1. Rules of origin
  • 2. Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS)
  • D. Regional integration, a priority objective
  • E. Rules, a fundamental aspect
  • 1. Investment
  • 2. Competition
  • 3. Trade facilitation
  • 4. Public procurement
  • 5. Intellectual property
  • F. Services: at the service of development
  • 3. EPAs and development cooperation
  • A. Two pillars of the same policy
  • B. Substantial increase in development aid
  • C. The issue of lost customs revenue
  • 4. The negotiations<br´> A. A long-standing commitment, often reaffirmed
  • B. A new WTO exemption was not an option
  • C. The issue of regional configurations
  • D. Current situation and outlook
  • Annex : Situation by region on 1 January 2008