The EU Economic Partnership Agreements: A Path Leading to the Decay of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific?

  • Viera Dobošová
  • Ivan Lukáš
Keywords: Development, Economic Partnership Agreements, World Trade Organization, Regional Trade Integration, European Union


The main goal of the article is to analyse the basic problems regarding the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The negotiations so far have been controversial, and discussions about them have been inconclusive. In the first section of the article, the negotiations are set within the context of global politics and are especially examined in the context of new regionalism/inter-regionalism and international trade relations to clarify the motives behind the EPAs. Then the negotiation parties are introduced and a brief overview of the ACP economies follows, since they all have a considerable impact on the EPA discussions. Next, an analysis of possible positive and negative impacts of the EPAs on the development of ACP countries follows.

Author Biographies

Viera Dobošová



Ivan Lukáš