More particularly, measures in the area of socio-economic development will be organised around the following commitments: improving the business climate and supporting the development of the private sector and private investment, in particular through: (i) simplification and streamlining of administrative procedures for businesses, (ii) improving access to finance, and (iii) boosting public and private investment – in particular effective implementation of the 2016 law on investment and the 2017 law recasting tax benefits, taking account of harmful arrangements as regards abolition of tax advantages; there will also be an emphasis on actively promoting entrepreneurship and the development of SMEs/VSEs; defining and implementing missing sectoral strategies, for instance for tourism; improving protection of the environment and the management of natural resources (including water), in particular through implementation of the national green economy strategy and implementation of Tunisia's international commitments on climate change (determined national contribution), the blue economy and fishery resources; improving the competitiveness of traditional and growth sectors in industry and agriculture, in particular through support for innovation and ensuring sustainable resource management, and diversifying export markets; developing the energy sector, including electricity interconnections between the EU and Tunisia, and the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency; developing a safe, secure, sustainable and efficient transport system based on harmonised transport standards and an integrated multimodal network in order to facilitate south-south and north-south connections; consolidating the public finance management system through the adoption and implementation of a new organic budget law, reform of the state audit system and improving the governance of public enterprises. The Agreement entered into force on 1 July 2005. On this occasion, the two parties noted with satisfaction the progress achieved since the 12th session held on 18 April 2016, in terms of the implementation of the Privileged Partnership Action Plan for 2013-2017. Since the 2011 Revolution, the EU's total assistance to Tunisia amounted to €3,5 billion, of which €1.2 billion in grants , €800 million in macro-financial assistance and the rest in blending facilities. To make the priorities listed above more tangible, a roadmap is to be proposed by Tunisia and approved by the EU. DECISION No 1/2018 OF THE EU-TUNISIA ASSOCIATION COUNCIL, adopting the EU-Tunisia strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020. See full report. In order to respond better to the needs of young Tunisians, the various ongoing and future actions should be more consistent. Article 80 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement gives the Association Council the power to take decisions it considers appropriate for the purposes of attaining the objectives of the Agreement. Tunisia’s main natural resource, phosphate remains vital to its economy. Support for the on-going banking reforms and the 2017-2021 national financial inclusion strategy concerning access, use and quality of services are also important; implementing the decentralisation process, with a view to developing public services and social infrastructure (in particular in the fields of education, culture, health, water and sanitation) to meet the needs of local communities; and accelerating the process of development of the regions in Tunisia's interior, a commitment shared by both parties to gradually reduce socio-economic disparities. The creation of future prospects for young people will be at the core of the actions of both sides. In the context of the privileged partnership, Tunisia is fully committed to implementing the reforms necessary for the sustainable socio-economic development of the country and to ensure long-term progress in the democratic transition. A first, preliminary round of the EU-Tunisia talks took place during the week of 19 October 2015 in Tunis. An Association Agreement is the EU's main instrument to bring the countries in the Eastern Partnership closer to EU standards and norms. Complementing this commitment to youth, both sides will work on the following strategic priorities: Inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. The Council reiterates its commitment to supporting Tunisia's transition and underlines the exceptional nature of the situation in Tunisia and the EU's strategic interest in supporting the emergence of a democratic, strong and stable Tunisia in its neighbourhood, as well as the need to support political progress with economic progress on a similar scale. Go to content We use cookies in order to ensure that you can get the best … Use, Other sites managed by the Publications Office, http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2018/1925/oj, Portal of the Publications Office of the EU. This Agreement established a Free Trade Area under which all two-way trade in industrial products takes place free of any trade tariffs, while as regards agricultural, agro-food and fisheries products, the EU and Tunisia agreed to a progressive opening of their respective markets for selected products. A third full round of the EU-DCFTA negotiations was held in Brussels during the week of 10-14 October 2018. The first fully-fledged round of talks, to be led on the E U side by Sofia Albarran Muñoz, Head of Unit for Mediterranean Region at DG Trade, took place on 19-13 October in Tunis. The total trade in goods between the EU and Tunisia in 2017 amounted to €20.5 billion. The EU and Tunisia will continue to promote the modernisation of the Tunisian economy for the benefit of all, including the most disadvantaged regions and communities, and to boost job creation, particularly for young people. Having regard to the joint proposal from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission. 3. cumulation between two or more countries) between the EU, EFTA States, Turkey, the Western Balkans, the Faroe Islands, and any countries which signed the Barcelona Declaration of 1995. In March 1998, Tunisia became the first MNC to have its Association Agreement ratified by all EU members.4 The drastic measures contained in the reform program implemented under the Euro-Tunisian Association Agreement (henceforth, the Agree-ment) show that this agreement "goes well beyond the existing framework of cooperation The EU-Tunisia privileged partnership testifies to the special and dynamic bilateral relations that have been established, and the shared ambition to advance towards increasingly close links between Tunisia and the European area. Priority commitments relating to respect for and promotion of human rights will include: finalisation of the legislative harmonisation process in line with the Constitution and international standards, Tunisia's cooperation in multilateral fora and the implementation of the commitments made under the universal periodic review mechanism; support for efforts to combat all forms of discrimination, to combat torture (including the implementation of commitments made in the framework of the UN Committee Against Torture) and to protect people in vulnerable situations and to promote the rights of women, children and migrants; support for Tunisia's pioneering action to combat violence against women, to guarantee complete equality between men and women and to promote the role of women in all areas, especially in the economic and political spheres; the protection of freedom of expression and freedom of association; the right to the protection of personal data; and. In addition, other areas of the partnership relating to security/defence could be further developed. Article 80 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement gives the Association Council, established under the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, the power to take decisions it considers appropriate for the purpose of attaining the objectives of the Agreement. AA is open for … Rue du Lac Biwa, B.P. The EU is Tunisia's largest trading partner, accounting for 64% of its trade in 2017: 78,5% of Tunisia's exports went to the EU, and 54,3% of Tunisia's imports came from the EU. The EU and Tunisia concluded an Association Agreementin July 1995. The DCFTA also aims at supporting ongoing economic reforms in Tunisia and at bringing the Tunisian legislation closer to that of the EU in trade-related areas. The EU and Tunisia published a joint report, the EU-proposed negotiation texts and explanatory factsheets following the round. Both sides are aware, in this respect, of the importance of their cooperation in the context of the Union for the Mediterranean. The overall goal of the negotiations is to create new trade and investment opportunities and ensure a better integration of Tunisia's economy into the EU single market. The DCFTA will build on the existing EU-Tunisia Association Agreement, which entered into force in 1998 and created a Free Trade Area between the EU and Tunisia. The EU and Tunisia will seek to make maximum use of existing financial opportunities, including new instruments such as the EU External Investment Plan, making the most of complementarity and leverage effects between EU subsidies and loans provided by financial institutions. The long-term objective is to develop an ambitious framework for future relations post-2020, building on the progress achieved and making full use of the opportunities for closer links provided by the European Neighbourhood Policy in the period 2018-2020. A technical meeting on the DCFTA between the EU and Tunisia was held in Brussels on 6 – 10 February 2017 during which experts continued exchanging technical information on various chapters covered by the future agreement. Alongside these reductions in trade tariffs, the Association Agreement also contains provisions under which the EU and Tunisia have agreed to: The EU and Tunisia signed a bilateral protocol in 2009 on the establishment of a dispute settlement mechanism (which entered into force in September 2011.). The review of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2016 proposed a new phase of engagement with partners, allowing for a greater sense of ownership by both sides. In view of Tunisia's fragile socio-economic situation, with high youth unemployment (especially among the educated) and significant regional and social disparities, one of the key objectives will be to contribute to turning round the Tunisian economy, to making it more competitive and diversified and to transforming it in an inclusive and sustainable fashion, with due regard for international commitments on the environment and climate change. to this Agreement as well as between them and their main trading partners; From 2011 on, EU assistance to Tunisia increased substantially. Both parties will continue to promote the process of political reforms through the effective implementation of the Constitution and of international commitments entered into by Tunisia. The European Union will also continue to participate fully in the G7 + 6 group that ensures coordination between Tunisia's main partners. The association agreement initialled with Syria before the Syrian Government’s violent crackdown on public protests in 2011 was never signed. Alongside these reductions in trade tariff… It has been in force since 1998 and remains the main framework of our relations, based on a commitment to democratic values and … The EU is Tunisia's largest trading partner. From 2014, financial assistance is provided by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), which provides funds for neighbouring countries based on mutually agreed policy objectives and priorities. Those priorities should support the implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, focusing on cooperation in relation to commonly identified shared interests. By 1 January 2020, almost all industrial goods originating in the EFTA States will enjoy duty free access into Egypt (Article 6 and Annex IV). The EU's exports to Tunisia are dominated by machinery and transport equipment (€3,9 billion, 35,1%), followed by textiles and clothing (€1,3 billion, 12,3%), chemicals (€1,2 billion, 11,0%), and fuels and mining products (€1,2 billion, 11,6%). Bringing Tunisian and European societies closer together by stepping up exchanges between peoples, societies and cultures is a key pillar of the privileged partnership. The EU welcomes the progress made by Tunisia on complying with the international and European standards on combating The EU will continue to support and encourage structural reforms. More information on the Agadir Agreement. 'Stabilisation and Association Agreements' with six Western Balkan partners11, concluded between 2001 and 2016, aim to support regional integration and stability in the region and … This Decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption. Negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the EU and Tunisia were launched on 13 October 2015. The EU and Tunisia face common security challenges that require both sides to take coordinated action, and they must proceed in line with the shared values of democracy and human rights. The bodies of the Association Agreement (Association Council, Association Committee and the technical sub-committees) will continue to be the preferred fora for effective implementation of the Partnership. Starting Point for Talks. It was co-chaired by Ms Federica ... between the visa facilitation agreement and the DCFTA. Having regard to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part (1). Strengthening the EU-Tunisia privileged partnership: the strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020. On 15 May 2018, Tunisia and the European Union (EU) will hold an Association Council meeting where they are expected to adopt partnership priorities, the dedicated framework used since the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in 2015 in replacement of the former action plan. Flows of foreign direct investment to Tunisia are concentrated on the development of the infrastructure network as well as of the textiles and clothing sectors. Euro-Mediterranean Agreement Establishing an Association, Europe Agreement Establishing an Association) and need not necessarily even have the word "Association" in the title. A Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) of the DCFTA with Tunisia was carried out by an independent contractor in 2013. Unless otherwise mentioned “EU” concerns for all indicated years the current European Union of 27 Member States. The coordinated management of migration is a political priority for both Tunisia and the EU. To that end, it calls for the mobilisation of all the instruments available to the EU and the reinforced commitment of the EU and Member States in close collaboration with the Tunisian authorities. EU-Tunisia Association Council. The Agadir Agreement entered into force in July 2006 and the implementation is ensured by the Agadir Technical Unit in Amman. The EU remains Tunisia’s main trading partner, and in 2018 it was the destination for three quarters of Tunisia’s exports and the source of over half of its imports. Both sides will seek to improve the synergy between political and sectoral dialogues, and the implementation of financial cooperation. Bringing peoples closer together, mobility and migration. The DCFTA also aims at supporting ongoing economic reforms in Tunisia and at bringing the Tunisian legislation closer to that of the EU in trade-related areas. (1)  This plan advocates a new development model for sustainable and inclusive growth and is structured around five priorities: (i) good governance, public administration reform and the fight against corruption, (ii) transition from a low-cost economy to an economic hub, (iii) human development and social inclusion, (iv) realisation of regional ambitions, and (v) the green economy, which is a pillar of sustainable development. Rules and requirements for trading with Tunisia. This public document will set out the most urgent measures (legislative, strategic and operational) necessary for the socio-economic recovery of the country. The agreement aims to develop economic activities and improve living standards within the member countries, and to create an opportunity for economic integration between them. (2)  This Communication from the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council (JOIN (2016)47 final of 29 September 2016) is based on five priorities: (i) promoting good governance and public administration reform; (ii) reinforcing the role played by civil society; (iii) investing in the future: creating jobs and fostering sustainable economic development; (iv) reducing disparities throughout society; (v) support in tackling security challenges; (vi) joint efforts for better management of migration and mobility. The overall goal of the negotiations is to create new trade and investment opportunities and ensure a better integration of Tunisia's economy into the EU single market. The development of a prosperous and stable democratic Tunisia is of mutual strategic interest. To foster social progress, both parties undertake to continue to promote: employment, in particular through further reforms to ensure fair access to high quality education and vocational training in line with the needs of the labour market; in the framework of an active policy to improve opportunities for entering the labour market; an integrated and efficient Tunisian policy on social inclusion and effective social protection, in particular through strengthening the capacities of the relevant public bodies, supporting the reforms undertaken by Tunisia in the field of social cohesion, and implementing Article 67 of the EU-Tunisia Association Agreement on the coordination of social security schemes and guaranteed application of principles of fair treatment in social legislation; and. The EU has DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and is negotiating one with Tunisia. Cumulation of origin means a product coming from one partner country can be processed or added to a product of a second partner country and still be considered an “originating product” of that second partner country for the purposes of a particular trade agreement. Euromed is an essential component in the pursuit of greater economic integration in the Mediterranean region, including among Mediterranean partners themselves. Effective implementation of Tunisia's association with Horizon 2020 and its participation in Creative Europe and Erasmus+ will be the cornerstones of these efforts. The Association Council adopts the EU-Tunisia strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020 as set out in the document: ‘Strengthening the EU-Tunisia privileged partnership: strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020’ set out in the Annex and recommends that the parties implement them. The EU and Tunisia consider enhancing young people's prospects for the future to be a major objective, as shown by the EU-Tunisia partnership for youth launched by the Tunisian President and the High Representative/Vice-President on 1 December 2016. The importance attached by both sides to their relationship will continue to be reflected in the intensity of political contacts and regular visits, as part of a broader political dialogue on all topics of mutual interest, including regional and global issues. The Agreement provides for effective market access for industrial goods in terms of tariffs and rules of origin, practically creating EU parity for EFTA exports to Egypt. Flows of foreign direct investment to Tunisia are concentrated on the development of the infrastructure network as well as of the textiles and clothing sectors. See full report, During the week of 29 April – 3 May 2019 a fourth full round of the EU-DCFTA negotiations was held in Tunis. The 15th meeting of the EU-Tunisia Association Council reviewed EU-Tunisia bilateral relations, took stock of the EU-Tunisia privileged partnership and discussed next steps. In addition to the existing dialogues, both sides will work together with a view to the organisation of high-level EU-Tunisia meetings and the participation of Tunisian ministers in informal meetings with members of the Council of the European Union on certain subjects. Tunisia is the EU’s 34th trading partner representing 0.6% of the EU’s total trade with the world. New rules for … The strategic priorities developed in this document translate the privileged partnership into practical terms for the period 2018 to 2020. The EU and Tunisia concluded an Association Agreement in July 1995. The position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, with regard to the adoption of the EU-Tunisia strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020 is based on the draft Decision of the Association Council attached to this Decision. The EU and Tunisia will continue to attach particular importance to the process of democratic reform and the promotion of good governance and the rule of law, to respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and to the reinforcement of the role and participation of civil society. Tunisia's political progress can only be sustained if it is accompanied by economic progress on a similar scale. Two-way trade in services amounted to €4,8 billion in 2016 with EU imports of services representing €3,3 billion and exports €1,5 billion. Both sides remain fully committed to the process of negotiations towards a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) and have agreed on a concrete action plan for 2018 to enable progress to be made with a view to accelerating the negotiations with a view to concluding them as soon as possible. Discussions cover a wide range of issues including agriculture, services, and sustainable development. Agadir is in harmony with the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), the Barcelona Process (Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area). The first full round of the EU-Tunisia DCFTA negotiations was held during the week of 18 April 2016 in Tunis. Both sides will reinforce cooperation in the field of security and counter-terrorism, and in relation to migration and mobility with the completion of negotiations on visa facilitation and on readmission, and the increasingly active participation of Tunisia in EU programmes. The EU's exports to Tunisia are dominated by machinery and transport equipment, followed by textiles and clothing, chemicals, and fuels and mining products. European Economic Community and Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association . This Agreement established a Free Trade Area under which all two-way trade in industrial products takes place free of any trade tariffs, while as regards agricultural, agro-food and fisheries products, the EU and Tunisia agreed to a progressive opening of their respective markets for selected products. More information on the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. More information on the EU-Tunisia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). More information on Mediterranean preferential Rules of Origin, More information about accessibility options, More information on the EU-Tunisia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (, Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin, Trade defence measures in force in Tunisia, are part of the EU's overall political and economic relations with Tunisia, EU co-operation programmes for Tunisia 2014 - 2020. The Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part (1) (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Euro-Mediterranean Agreement’) was signed on 17 July 1995 and entered into force on 1 March 1998. This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website, Council Decision (EU) 2018/1925 of 18 September 2018 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union position within the Association Council set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, with regard to the adoption of the EU-Tunisia strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020, OJ L 313, 10.12.2018, p. 5–12 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV), ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2018/1925/oj, on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union position within the Association Council set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, with regard to the adoption of the EU-Tunisia strategic priorities for the period 2018-2020. 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