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Tunisia | Brussels, 12 February 2016 (updated 27 July 2016)

EU-Tunisia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)



On the 13 October 2015 in Tunis, the EU and Tunisia launched negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. The overall goal of these negotiations is to create new trade and investment opportunities and bring about the better integration of Tunisia's economy into the EU single market. The DCFTA will also support ongoing economic reforms in Tunisia and bring Tunisian legislation closer to that of the EU in trade-related areas.

The agreement will build on the existing free trade area established 20 years ago by the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement. The existing agreement focusses mainly on trade in goods. The DCFTA will expand liberalisation of two-way trade in agriculture and fisheries and will also 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, competition policy and trade and sustainable development. Liberalisation of trade in services and investment will also be covered.

The Commission negotiates on behalf of the EU. It is guided by the negotiating directives issued by the Council of the European Union and also takes into account the views of the European Parliament, as most recently expressed in the Parliament's resolution on the opening of negotiations for an EU-Tunisia DCFTA of 25 February 2016.

A Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) of the DCFTA with Tunisia was carried out by an independent contractor in 2013. Further information on SIA.

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 was held during the week of 18 April 2016 in Tunis.

A technical meeting on the DCFTA between the EU and Tunisia was held in Brussels on 6 – 10 February 2017 during which experts continued exchanging technical information on various chapters covered by the future agreement.

A second full round of the EU-DCFTA negotiations was held in Tunis during the week of 28 - 31 May 2018.

More information

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

Report from 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)