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Tunisia | Bussels 17 December 2018

EU and Tunisia met for the third round of negotiations for a deep and comprehensive trade agreement

The EU and Tunisian trade negotiators met in Brussels from 10 to 14 December 2018 for the 3rd full round of negotiations for an agreement on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

In this round, the teams continued their in-depth discussions of each chapter to further clarify issues, bridge gaps and highlight areas that will need more focus during the next round of talks scheduled for 2019.

Several new text proposals were presented by the EU side in advance of this round. These covered areas such as trade in goods, trade in services and investment, digital trade, and investment protection. In addition, topics such as intellectual property rights, trade facilitation, sanitary and phytosanitary standards, and trade and sustainable development were also debated in greater detail. The Tunisian side engaged on all these topics, making own proposals in several areas during the round.

Both sides agreed to proceed further in their discussions on the basis of joint texts, in view of a subsequent round to be held in Tunisia in Spring next year.

As usual, a joint EU-Tunisia report on the results of the round as well as texts tabled by the EU will be published on the EU Trade website.