EFTA and Turkey meet for ninth Joint Committee

Published 08-12-2009
Representatives from the EFTA Member States and Turkey convened in Geneva on 2-3 December 2009 for the ninth Joint Committee meeting under their Free Trade Agreement.

Delegations assessed the coverage and functioning of the Agreement entered into force in 1992 and discussed ways to further strengthen the bilateral trade framework.

The Joint Committee adopted three decisions, including one on the addition of a new Protocol on the mutual recognition of conformity assessment of products. It also agreed to examine the extension of the scope of the Agreement to include trade in services.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Erik Andreas Underland, Chief Negotiator, from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, on the EFTA side, while Mr Omer Gucuk, Deputy Director-General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed the Turkish delegation.

Bilateral EFTA-Turkey merchandise trade reached over 4 billion USD in 2008. EFTA’s main exports to Turkey were pharmaceutical products and machinery, mineral fuels, oil and aluminum, as well as fish and crustaceans. Main imports from Turkey into EFTA consisted of vehicles, knitted and woven apparels, and clothing accessories.

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