Pulling the strings of African business - how the EU orchestrated support from African business for EPAs
In March the European Parliament hold a two-day vote in Strasbourg on the EU’s push for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The vote included several resolutions plus votes on the assent to two agreements signed with governments so far.
Information obtained by Corporate Europe Observatory through access-to-documents requests shows that the EU Commission not only relied on arm-twisting Southern governments to push these agreements forward. DG Trade also put considerable energy into orchestrating African business support for its own negotiating aims.
This included setting up the Business Trade Forum EU-Southern Africa and co-drafting with the European employers’ federation, BusinessEurope, a pro-EPAs position for the EU-Africa Business Forum. African businesses were over-ridden by
this political joint venture between European big business and the Commission.
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