The European Union (EU) is presently developing a new approach to the British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) in the Caribbean in order to link in with the new approach to the independent countries of the region set out in the recently concluded Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The EPA seeks closer ties with the OCT and the French Overseas Departments and some exploratory meetings have already taken place to see how this could best be done. The EU is keen to support these closer links but also argues that it needs a distinctive policy for the OCTs different to that for the independent Caribbean territories. The presentation will explore the proposals and discussion on the content of a new policy to the OCTs and examine whether the new policy may work against developing closer ties within the Caribbean rather than improving and developing them as is hoped.
Humberto Garcia-MuŮiz, Ph.D.
Director, Inst. of Caribbean Studies
Univ. of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
San Juan, PR 00931
tel. 787-764-0000 x-4212
fax 787-764-3099 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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