Published on OXFAM uk, by Amy Barry, January 9, 2008.
We are disappointed that the EU has succeeded in pressuring so many African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to initial free trade deals, which we fear may have negative implications for development in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Developing countries were forced to choose between guaranteeing existing exports to the EU on the one hand, and safeguarding small farmers’ livelihoods and future economic growth on the other. It was an impossible choice.
Those countries that have initialed interim deals have done so under enormous pressure, with their backs against the wall. The negotiation process has been undemocratic and untransparent, with the European Commission resorting to threats and brinkmanship to get countries to fall into line. Member States that opposed the Commission did too little too late …
… For more information, contact Amy Barry on 01865 472313 or 07980 664397. (full text).