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Economic Partnership Agreements: Redesigning trade and development among EU and ACP Countries


  • Nicolò Tomaselli

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna)


The European Union is currently engaged in redesigning its trade relations with many of its partners in the Southern hemisphere. The present study assesses the economic implications of the negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and ACP’s regional groupings. These new trade arrangements, natural evolution of the Cotonou Agreements, represent an outstanding opportunity to favour the insertion of ACP countries into the world trade system and a genuine attempt to promote economic development and regional integration in developing world. Is this project bound to fail? Which are the prerequisites to make it work? Which lessons can be drawn from empirical evidences?

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  • Nicolò Tomaselli, 2005. "Economic Partnership Agreements: Redesigning trade and development among EU and ACP Countries," DEIAgra Working Papers 5002, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering, revised Sep 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:bag:deiawp:5002

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    EPA; Trade and development; Market access; Regional integration; Cotonou agreements; Kenya and Mauritius;

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    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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