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third major item in the Commission’s agenda, and a new but unspecified form of partnership between the Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries was put forward, although, surprisingly, relations with Latin American countries, but also with the US, were somewhat downgraded in the report. Debating the future of Europe 205 For the more effective intervention of the Union in international affairs, the report suggested that a more integrated approach should be built, meaning, and rightly so, that the artificial distinction between external economic

in Theory and reform in the European Union

1996; Ayuso 1996). This programme lasted for a period of four years and focused on non-associated developing countries and the distribution of funding, which was set around 75% for Asia, 20% for Latin America and 5% for African countries. When Denmark, the UK and Ireland became members of the EU in 1973, it prompted discussions about the EU’s external relations which had previously been ignored due to French pressure (Ayuso 1996; De Pablo Valenciano and Carretero Gomez 1999). However, pressure from the UK blocked the decision on the budget for ACP countries until a

in The European Union's policy towards Mercosur:

. Or the killing fields in Rwanda. Or the human misery following Hurricane Mitch. (EU–Mercosur 2000c) Despite acknowledging that the EU had not given Mercosur the same attention as other regions, the speech outlined an argument for why the EU had not done so. Patten failed to mention why other countries that were former colonies of the UK and France, such as ACP countries or the Mediterranean countries, or even ASEAN countries, had a larger share of the EU’s attention than other regions such as Mercosur. Within the EP, the view was different from the one put forward

in The European Union's policy towards Mercosur: