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Jan 13, 2008

Protest in Brussels against new EU-Africa trade deals


Some African countries are still against the new set of trade deals proposed by the EU with a march against the so-called European Partnership Agreements taking place in Brussels on Friday (11 January).

The previous trade regime with African countries expired on 31 December after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) deemed the preferential trade systems illegal.

The European Partnership Agreements (EPAs) proposed by the EU offer duty-free terms for most African imports on condition that African markets gradually open up to competition.

Brussels says that if the new rules are not put in place, African countries could lose tariff-free access to European markets.

Read the EUObserver article.

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