EU and Morocco start talks on free trade agreement

'Rapid progress would encourage other countries in the south'

22 April, 15:27

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, APRIL 22 - The European Union and Morocco started the first round of talks on Monday for a free trade agreement after the official launch in March, reports a European Commission statement. The aim is to upgrade the existing association agreement, which since 2000 has guaranteed tariff-free trade for many products. ''I hope the negotiations with Morocco will progress quickly and encourage other partners in the Southern Mediterranean region to start similar talks very soon,'' said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. ''These negotiations show the EU's strong commitment to further developing its trade and investment ties with Southern Mediterranean partners who are committed to political and economic reforms.'' Morocco is the first of the four countries - Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia - selected by the EU for Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas to have initiated negotiations after a year of preparatory talks. (ANSAmed).

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