The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and 14 Member States of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) has been provisionally applied since 2008. The EU-CARIFORUM (CF) EPA covers provisions on trade in goods, but also in services, as well as provisions on trade-related issues (including competition, innovation and intellectual property, transparency in public procurement and trade and sustainable development). Development cooperation is an integral part of the agreement.
The EU-CF EPA aims to promote trade and investment between the two regions, and as a result to enhance sustainable development and contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. The EPA also aims to strengthen regional economic integration, economic cooperation and good governance among CARIFORUM states and seeks to increase their participation in the global economy.
The Commission has launched an evaluation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and 14 Member States of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) which has been provisionally applied since 2008. The public consultation results will feed into this evaluation. The objective of the public consultation is to hear concrete examples, evidence and experiences of public authorities and other stakeholders which can complement and underpin other evaluation methods, like economic modelling. The aim is to gather material that will illustrate particular opportunities and challenges resulting from the EPA. The consultations represent a chance to hear from all concerned stakeholders where we need to focus our attention and where more evidence and research is needed.
Further information as well as the questionnaire are available on the website.