The Impact of the EU's Everything but Arms Proposal: A report to Oxfam

Publication date

01 Jan 2001

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This study, commissioned from the Institute of Development Studies, provides rigorous analysis that counters the arguments of the anti-EBA (Everything But Arms) lobby. It shows that the costs to the EU of implementing the EBA are very small, in comparison to the positive benefits it will bring for the least-developed countries. Some developing countries that already benefit from preferential access to the EU market have legitimate concerns about the impact of the EBA on their trade with the EU. But these concerns can and should be addressed through positive measures, rather than an EU retreat from the EBA proposal.