On Thursday, 10th of November the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament voted on the draft recommendation for consent for the EU-Ghana interim EPA. The draft recommendation for consent was adopted by 27 votes in favor, 9 against and 1 abstention.
This is an important step required before the plenary session of the European Parliament on 1stDecember, where the iEPA between Ghana and the European Union will be voted.
Although several members of the committee voted against this example of trade liberalization (like in other places in the world) the decision of the committee, with 78% in favor, 19% against and 3% abstentions can be considered as a great result.
A strong support has been provided by several members of EBO including a joint letter in support of the iEPA between Ghana and the European Union, which was sent previously to the Trade Committee members and several lobbying institutions.
EBO, Barry-Callebault, Thai Union Europe, the alliance of Pineapple and Banana Exporters and Blue Skies signatories are indeed very pleased with the outcome of this first voting.
We will keep you updated on the next steps taken by the European Parliament.