Everything But Arms (EBA) and the EU-Sugar Market Reform - Development Gift or Trojan Horse?
This paper explains how the EU's Everything But Arms (EBA) initiative from 2001 has made three notable exceptions to the general commitment for tariff and quota free access of least developed countries (LCDs) to the EU market, namely for sugar, bananas and rice. The author provides background information on the EU trade policies and discusses the general structure of trade and economic cooperation between the EU and least developed countries. The paper discusses the possible future prospects for the EBA initiative and examines the long-term outlook for trade relations between the EU and LCDs.
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