The Economic Partnership Agreements are a system for creating a free trade area between the European Union and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). This is a response to persistent criticism that the EU`s proposed non-reciprocal and discriminatory preferential trade agreements are incompatible with WTO rules. The EPAs date back to the signing of the Cotonou Agreement. EPAs with different regions are in different playing conditions. In 2016, the EPAs were to be signed with three regional economic communities in Africa (East African Community, Economic Community of West African States and Southern African Development Community), but these faced challenges.  The environmental effects for countries exporting agricultural products from tropical forests or other environmentally friendly regions, for example brazil, have been increasingly documented by environmental groups that oppose EU trade agreements.  In addition, other industries with significant environmental impacts, such as mining, are developing in areas with low regulatory burdens, such as South America and Asia. Inter-professional organisations have argued that increasing economic performance in these sectors will only strengthen standards in participating countries and that EU trade agreements should go hand in hand with efforts to harmonize environmental legislation.  Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade and development agreements negotiated between countries and regions of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). 2. the intention to establish close economic and political cooperation (more than mere cooperation); 3. the creation of administrative bodies responsible for the management of cooperation, responsible for making decisions involving the contracting parties; 4.
Offering the most favoured treatments in the nation; 5) the creation of a special relationship between the EC and its partner; 6. Since 1995, the clause on respect for human rights and democratic principles has been systematically introduced and is an essential element of the agreement; However, EU and Japanese sources point out that the “quality infrastructure” provided under the BSB is cooperation between “like-minded partners” who operate in a very similar modus operandi and which, by default, have priority over cooperation with China. The projects envisaged between the EU and Japan link transport networks, digital connectivity in cyberspace and increased exchanges between people in areas such as education, culture and tourism. The Western Balkans, the Indo-Pacific region and Africa were then identified as the geographical areas on which the EU and Japan would focus on the joint implementation of “quality infrastructure” projects.