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Thursday, 1 December 2016 - Brussels Revised edition

EU-Ghana Stepping Stone Economic Partnership Agreement (A8-0328/2016 - Christofer Fjellner)
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  Marian Harkin (ALDE), in writing. ‒ With the signature of the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) taking additional time, in August 2016 Ghana (and subsequently Côte d’Ivoire) has decided to proceed with ratification of its Stepping Stone Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. I voted in favour of this interim agreement, which will open doors to its provisional application. Although neither Ghana nor the EU expected that the IEPA would need to be resuscitated, a slow pace of the final steps towards a regional EPA forced us do it. The IEPA will allow Ghanaian exporters to preserve the duty-free preferences on the European market as Ghana moves up and consolidates its status as a middle-income country. Furthermore, if the regional EPA comes into place without excessive delays, any discrepancies in the IEPA tariff liberalisation schedules and tariff lines would be solved without a need for additional adaptation to the regional processes.

 
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