No decision taken to end sugar quotas by 2020

The Joint Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union Council of Ministers Meeting Friday failed to make a decision on extending sugar quotas by 2020.

This was confirmed by the ACP Secretary General, Alhanji Muhammad Mumuni.

Mumuni however said the EU has taken note on the concerns expressed by ACP states and hopefully make a concrete decision sometime soon.

The European Union Agriculture Council proposed to extend the Single Common Market Organisation for sugar by only two years from 2015 – 2017 instead of 2020 as agreed to by the EU Parliament.

“The ACP has noted the development as unfortunate and has drawn attention to it. The ACP has made a passionate appeal so that the original deadline 2020 should be reinstated.

“The EU side have listened and taken note and we expect some action will be taken,” Mumuni told PACNEWS.

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