Restart of the EU–SADC EPA Negotiation and Its Outcome

  • Simone Claar
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The chapter focuses on the reasons for the restart of the negotiations by the South African government and the final results of the Economic Partnership Agreement. The major reason for continuing was the danger to regional integration projects like the Southern African Customs Union. Another factor was the break-up of the class compromise as agricultural and manufacturing capital pushed for better access to the European market. The final outcome of the agreement solved conflict issues in trade in goods, but new issues like geographical indications were also included. Overall, the chapter demonstrates a class fragmentation of the relationship of forces in the EPA process.


Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Southern African Development Community (SADC) Southern African Customs Union Trade, Development And Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) Interim EPA 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Claar
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  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany

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