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- Central America
- South Africa
There is no one-size-fits-all model of a trade agreement but in most cases, the EU negotiates comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, known as FTAs. The agreements in force where the EU is party are:
The EU speaks with one voice in the WTO. Every EU country is a WTO member in their own right but work together to act as a single block. The EU itself is also a member.
The European Commission negotiates at the World Trade Organisation on behalf of the EU. The Commission coordinates with the EU Member States through the Trade Policy Committee and conducts EU policy following guidelines set down by the Member States in the Council of Ministers.
The Commission also regularly informs the European Parliament of key WTO issues. When an agreement is negotiated at the WTO, the Commission needs the formal authorisation of the Council and European Parliament to sign the agreement on behalf of the EU.
The Commission also consults with other interested groups in the formulation of policy.
Preferential trade agreements
Under these agreements, the parties exchange tariff concessions or other preferential treatment. Once a preferential arrangement is in force between the EU and your country or region, this substantially improves market access for your exports to EU as it eliminates or reduces tariffs and facilitates procedures.
But, to benefit from this, you will have proof that your product "originates" in your country. In this section of the Export Helpdesk you can find the basic concepts on Rules of origin and the ones applying to each preferential arrangement the EU has.
- Kosovo - Stabilisation and Association Agreement, 01 April 2016
- Bosnia and Herzegovina - Stabilisation and Association Agreement, 01 June 2015
- Serbia - Stabilisation and Association Agreement, 01 September 2013
- Ukraine - 27 June 2014
- Montenegro - Stabilisation and Association Agreement, 01 May 2010
- Albania - Stabilisation and Association Agreement, 01 April 2009
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Stabilisation and Association Agreement, 01 May 2004
- Faroe Islands - 01 January 1997
- Norway - 01 July 1973
- Iceland - 01 April 1973
- Switzerland - 01 January 1973
- Algeria - Association Agreement, 01 September 2005
- Egypt - Association Agreement, 01 June 2004
- Israel - Association Agreement, 01 June 2000
- Jordan - Association Agreement, 01 May 2002
- Lebanon - Interim Agreement, 01 March 2003
- Morocco - Association Agreement, 01 March 2000
- Palestinian Authority - Association Agreement, 01 July 1997
- Syria - Co-operation Agreement, 01 July 1977
- Tunisia - Association Agreement, 01 March 1998
- Chile - Association Agreement and Additional Protocol, 01 February 2003 (trade) / 01 March 2005 (full agreement)
- Mexico - Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement, 01 July 2000
- South Africa - Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement, 01 January 2000
- CARIFORUM States - Economic Partnership Agreement, Provisionally applied
- Ivory Coast - Interim Economic Partnership Agreement, Pending
- Cameroon - Interim Economic Partnership Agreement, Pending
- Korea - New Generation Free Trade Agreement, signed 06 October 2010
- Central America - Association Agreement, initialled 22 March 2011
- Peru - Colombia - Free Trade Agreement, initialled 23 March 2011