Council of the European Union Gives Its Consent to Samoa’s Accession to the iEPA Agreement

PC: Council of the EU General Secretariat

On 6th December 2018, the Council of the European Union adopted a decision to approve the signing and provisional application of Samoa’s accession to the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement.

Subsequently, Samoa deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Council of the European Union on 20 December 2018 thus allowing for undisrupted access of Samoa products to the European Union market following the expiration of duty-free and quota-free preferences for Samoa on 31 December 2018 under the Everything but Arms (EBA) scheme for LDCs.

Samoa’s Market Access Offer, approved by the European Commission on 23 April 2018, constitutes 80% of current export value to the European Union.

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