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Special issue on the revised Lome Convention. The ACP-EU Courier, No. 155, January-February 1996

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The ACP-EU Courier No. 1 55 - January-February 1996 Special issue on the revised Lome Convention White pages 1. The finest and most complete instrument of cooperation ever 3. The signing ceremony: Relief and expectancy 8. Main innovations 14. The ACP and European Union countries 20. Coherence, coordination and complementarity Joao de Deus Pinheiro, European Commissioner for Development 22. Seeking to make the Convention more effective Carl Greenidge, acting Secretary-General of the ACP Group 24. The advantages of a multilateral approach Pear:e. and partnership : in the queSt for development. silhouetted against the flag of at the entrance to the Mahatma Institute in Reduit; where the signing ceremony for the revised lome Convention took place Blue pages: The Mauritius Agreement Yellow pages: Consolidated text of the Convention, Annexes and Protocols (see table of contents at the beginning of the yellow pages). Index of keywords The finest and most complete instrument of cooperation ever ,.,..-~~-~-- -~--~ -- -~--~--- The original Lome Convention. A partnership characterised by security and reliability As yet another milestone in ACP-EU relations is reached- with the signing of the agreement in Mauritius revising the fourth Lome Convention - we need to pause and reflect on the ground that has been covered over the years. When Lome I was concluded in February 1975, few would have anticipated that the Convention would continue for more than two decades, let alone become the finest and the most complete instrument of North-South cooperation ever. At that time, 46 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and the nine member countries of the European Community (EC) gathered in the Togolese capital to sign the document after several months of negotiations. Four years into its implementation, and despite benefiting from the experience of the two earlier Yaounde Conventions, the ACP States wanted the five-year agreement scrap

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