On 30 September 20112, the European Commission (EC) announced that countries that have entered into an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) but have not taken the necessary steps to ratify it will no longer benefit from EPO market access to Europe from 1 January 2014. If we decide to defer access, we give you reasons to delay your access. The Cotonou agreement offers EU and ACP countries the opportunity to negotiate development-oriented free trade agreements, known as Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). EPAs are firmly rooted in the goals of sustainable development, human rights and development cooperation, which are at the heart of the Cotonou agreement. If we do not decide your request for access within the allotted time, it will be deemed rejected. We will continue to process your application, but your application fees will be refunded and you may request a review of this refusal as a refusal. This does not apply if an additional time limit has been agreed or if a down payment has not yet been made. You will be notified in writing of any changes to the calendar. Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade and development agreements negotiated between the EU and countries and regions in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). We can only deny access to information if public interests outweigh general public interests in favour of disclosure.
There are no limits to the themes that we can consider when publishing information. We will inform you of the reasons if we decide not to publish any information. The current EPAs have the following characteristics, which go well beyond access to UNION markets: government information is held by an agency, a private body or the public authority to which the Agency has a direct right of access, or a protocol that is in its possession or under the control of a person in his or her capacity as an Agency official. A data set refers to any document or other source of information that is compiled, recorded or stored in writing, electronically, or by other means, or by other means or by other means. We will proactively share as much information as possible. Sometimes this is not possible, for example, if the information relates to the affairs of another party. You may wonder what other information we will provide in addition to information already available to the public. Contact the EPO office, where you think it is likely to keep the information or the information centre if you are unsure where the information can be stored. The internal review is decided within 15 business days of receipt of the internal review request.
This can be extended for up to 10 business days if we need to consult with someone else we have not consulted before or in agreement with you. EPAs with sub-Saharan Africa and other EU free trade agreements with North African countries are building blocks of the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the long-term prospect of a free trade agreement between continental countries.