On 14th December 2011, the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade issues) gave the European Commission a mandate to negotiate agreements on establishing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA) between the EU and Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The session was presided over by Hanna Trojanowska, Deputy Minister of Economy.
The launch of negotiations for an agreement on free trade areas is an expression of the EU’s support for the democratic and economic transformations taking place in the countries of North Africa. Concluding DCFTA agreements with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia will facilitate the expansion of European businesses into those countries’ rapidly developing markets.
By joining the DCFTA, third countries get greater opportunities to export their goods to the EU. It is also easier for them to attract investments from the EU states. The Member States in turn gain better access to markets of the countries which are parties to the DCFTA agreement. It will be easier for EU businesses to trade on markets of countries using the same rules as those binding in the European Union.
Agreeing a negotiating mandate was one of the main priorities of the common trade policy realised by the Ministry of Economy during Poland’s EU Council Presidency. The EU Trade Policy Committee (TPC) has played a leading role in that process. Representatives of the Economy Ministry’s Trade Policy Department presided over the Committee’s work in the second half of 2011.
data publikacji: 15-12-2011