EFTA and Turkey hold third round of negotiations

Published 05-06-2015
From 1 to 4 June 2015, delegations from the EFTA States and Turkey met in Ankara for the third round of negotiations on the modernisation and expansion of their existing free trade agreement (FTA).

Mr Erik Andreas Underland, Chief Negotiator from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, acted as the EFTA spokesperson, while Mr Murat Yapici, Director-General for EU Affairs, lead the Turkish delegation.

During this third round, the parties made headway in respect of the update and expansion of their existing FTA. Discussions were held in several areas, including trade in goods, technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures, trade remedies, rules of origin, trade in services, intellectual property rights, trade and sustainable development, and legal and institutional issues. Whilst work was concluded in some areas, both sides will hold internal consultations on various outstanding issues with a view to taking stock after the summer break. 

Bilateral EFTA-Turkey merchandise trade has increased steadily since 2001 and reached USD 5.6 billion in 2014, with EFTA exports to Turkey of USD 3.2 billion and Turkish exports to EFTA of USD 2.4 billion. EFTA’s main exports to Turkey are machinery, pharmaceutical products and mineral fuels/oil. Merchandise imports from Turkey consist mainly of apparel articles and accessories, and vehicles.

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