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Tunisia | Brussels, 12 February 2016

EU-Tunisia Deep and Comprehensive Free trade Agreement (DCFTA)



On the 13 October 2015, EU and Tunisia launched in Tunis the negotiations of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. The aim of the agreement is to improve market access opportunities and the investment climate, and support ongoing economic reforms in Tunisia.

The agreement will build on the existing free trade area established 20 years ago by the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement. The existimng agreement focusses mainly on trade in goods. The DCFTA will include provisions on a full range of regulatory areas of mutual interest, such as trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, investment protection, public procurement and competition policy. Liberalisation of trade in services and establishment and of trade in agriculture will also be covered.

A first, preliminary round of the EU-Tunisia talks took place during the week of 19 October 2015 in Tunis. The first full round of the EU-Tunisia DCFTA negotiations is scheduled to take place during the week of 18 April 2016 in Tunis.


More information

Texts proposed by the EU, news item, 29 April 2016. (also available in French)

Report form the first round of EU-Tunisia negotiations

EU to launch trade negotiations with Tunisia, Press release, 13 october 2015

UE-Tunisie lancement des négociations de l'ALECA, speech, 13 October 2015

Tunisia website (French version)