EFTA and Turkey hold tenth Joint Committee meeting

Published 01-06-2012
Representatives from the EFTA States and Turkey convened in Ankara on 30 May 2012 for the tenth Joint Committee meeting under their free trade agreement.

Twenty years after the entry into force of the EFTA-Turkey free trade agreement (FTA) in 1992, discussions focused on ways to further strengthen the bilateral trade framework. Delegations addressed possibilities for updating the FTA in areas such as intellectural property rights and for expanding it to notably cover trade facilitation, trade in services and sustainable development.

The EFTA delegation was headed by Ambassador Janis Bjørn Kanavin from Norway while the Turkish side was led by Mr Murat Yapici, Director General of EU Affairs in the Ministry of the Economy.

EFTA-Turkey merchandise trade amounted to 4.8 billion USD in 2011. EFTA’s main exports to Turkey are pharmaceutical products and machinery, mineral fuels as well as fish and crustaceans. The primary Turkish imports into EFTA consist of vehicles, apparel and clothing accessories.

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