The third round of negotiations was held virtually from 24 to 27 November 2020. The partners (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) made progress on the five issues already discussed in the first two rounds, namely customs and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, food safety and plant and animal health standards, rules of origin and agriculture. A first text-based discussion also took place on trade and sustainable development, including a presentation by the European Commission of a new article on Trade and Gender Equality.
The next round is foreseen for April 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed).
- Report of third negotiating round.
- More information about the EU-Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA5) EPA deepening negotiations
- Publication date
- 2 December 2020
- Directorate-General for Trade
- Country or region
- Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA)
- Trade topics
- Economic Partnerships