Mar 05, 2012
Democratic Transitions and the EU ‘Deep and Comprehensive FTAs’ with MENA countries: A Possible Backlash?
At the end of 2011, the EU Foreign Affairs Council authorized the opening of new trade negotiations with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The decision provides the European Commission (EC) with a mandate to start negotiations towards establishing ‘deep and comprehensive free trade agreements’ (DCFTAs). These agreements go beyond tariff reductions to cover more extensively dimensions of investment protection, public procurement, and competition policy2.