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  1. Economic Partnership Agreements with ACP countries –Perspective of DG SANCO Information Seminar for EU outermost regions and overseas countries and territories - 15 June 2005 DG Health and Consumer Protection E3. W. M. Maier

  2. The main components of EPA’s • Development of Trade Opportunities • Intra-Regional Trade Facilitation • Trade between Region and EU

  3. Regional Trade • More independence from world market • Diversification, broader product range • More value added products • Regional Product Standards • Regional markets • Regional economic growth

  4. Trade between Region and EU • Compliance with International Standards • Informal Standards apply as well • Narrow product range • Consumer market • Vulnerable to market fluctuations • Market entry – cost of compliance • Strong competition

  5. Possible regional standards • Animal Health • Foot and mouth disease • Plant Health • Measures adapted to endemic situation • Plant Protection • Product authorisation, GAPs • Informal Standards • Quality parameters

  6. Elements for Standard Setting • Standard definition • Translation into national rules or equivalence agreements • Implementation – Institutional capacity • Monitoring and Enforcement • Certification • Mutual inspection and control • Dispute settlement

  7. Prioritisation • Identification of priority products for Regional and International Trade • Involvement of Private Sector • Priority setting • Identification of needs • Capacity building and technical assistance • Stepwise harmonisation of standards

  8. Documentation on the web General Information, link to FVO:http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/health_consumer/index_en.htm Standing Committee for the Food Chain and Animal Health:http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/rc/scfcah/index_en.html Lists of establishments:http://forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/sanco/vets/information Rapid Alert System Publications:http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/sfp/ras_index_en.html European Food Safety Authority:http://www.efsa.eu.int