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Questionnaire on a deep and comprehensive free trade area with Tunisia

  • Policy field: Trade
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 22/02/2017

Objective of the consultation

In October 2015, the European Union and Tunisia launched negotiations in Tunis for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) as part of the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement with Tunisia that has been in force since 1998.

The following questionnaire aims to gather detailed views on the trade, investment and broader economic relationship between the EU and Tunisia. Your replies will be important in establishing priorities and taking decisions throughout the negotiating process. The questionnaire is open to all stakeholders, who are invited to express their views on the challenges and opportunities of the future trade agreement. We are also specifically interested in practical experience in doing business with and in Tunisia, so some questions are more technical.

Background

The Association Agreement already includes a Free Trade Area dismantling custom duties for industrial products and partially liberalising trade in agricultural and fisheries products.

The purpose of the DCFTA is to increase market access opportunities for both sides, and to improve the business environment in Tunisia by supporting its economic reforms. Besides further liberalisation of trade in agricultural and fisheries products, it also aims to liberalise trade in services and investment. In addition, it will include regulatory approximation in various areas of mutual interest. The EU offers Tunisia asymmetrical liberalisation, which will allow Tunisia to open its market and to approximate its legislation to that of the EU progressively.

Following an opening round in 2015, the first full round took place in April 2016. The first joint round report and all the negotiating texts proposed by the EU, and accompanying explanatory factsheets can be found on DG TRADE’s website. Supplementary information on EU-Tunisia trade relations is also available online.

A Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) was carried out, which looked specifically into the economic, social, human rights and environmental impacts of the intended DCFTA and which included stakeholder consultations. As part of the SIA, a public consultation took place on 9 of April 2013. The report is available on DG TRADE’s website.

Civil society has been involved in the run-up to and the preparation of the DCFTA negotiations, and kept duly informed of the state of play in the negotiations. Stakeholder meetings with the chief negotiators were held parallel to all rounds, with similar engagements planned for future rounds.

Information on the questionnaire

The questionnaire is structured as follows:

Transparency and confidentiality

Section 1: Information on the respondents

Section 2: Questions on trade, investment and economic relations

I. Overall Trade, Investment and Economic Relations
II. Trade in Goods
III. Services and Investment
IV. Rules and Regulatory Issues (IPR, Competition, Government Procurement)
V. Transparency
VI. Trade and Sustainable Development
VII. SMEs
VIII. Other issues

Link to the survey in EN

Link to the survey in FR

Specific privacy statement

For any question, please send an email to:

TRADE-CONSULTATION-EU-TUNISIA-DCFTA@ec.europa.eu

Results:

Report of the on-line consultation