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EU reacts to remarks on commitment

Geraldine Panapasa
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE European Union has reacted strongly to remarks made at the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific trade and fisheries meeting pertaining to its commitment to the region and economic partnership agreement.

Delegation of the EU for the Pacific head of political trade press and information Adam Janssen said their trade policy towards the Pacific was most generous and their commitment to the region's growth and economic development should not be called into question.

"The European Union is very much aware of the specificities of Pacific States compared to the other ACP regions," Mr Janssen said yesterday.

"The EU has adopted different approaches to negotiations with different regions of the world that take full account of partners' needs and aspirations.

"We recognise that one size does not fit all and have done our utmost to accommodate Pacific countries' concerns."

He said their policies toward the Pacific region and their development co-operation underpinning those, were evidence of their wish to see the Pacific region prosper.

The EU, he said, was the second largest donor in the Pacific and an important part of their assistance was aid for trade designed to support economic development and integration.

"No other trade agreement offers full free access to the EU market combined with the level of asymmetry that the EPA offers," Mr Janssen said.

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