EFTA’s Free Trade Agreements

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) currently has a network of 24 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with 33 countries worldwide (excluding the European Union) and signed six Joint Declarations of Cooperation as complement for this extensive network.
The next step is to revise existing EFTA-FTAs to include areas such as services and investment, intellectual property and sustainable development.
Actually, the EFTA have ongoing free trade negotiations with Bosnia-Herzegovina, with the Customs Union Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan, with India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama).
EFTA states are also looking to deepen trade relations with certain African states in the sub-Saharan region.

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  1. #1 by Wilhelmina on November 20, 2012 - 7:33 PM

    This bureaucratic double-talk of ‘free trade agreements’ is ludicrous. It’s a managed trade agreement. A free trade agreement would be simple:

    No quotas, no controls, no tariffs, duties, government fees, stamp or state inspection charges. Sign below.


    • #2 by Bogdan Marius Beleuz on November 21, 2012 - 12:07 PM

      Hi, you have some kind of right, but in reality the relations between countries and/or trade blocks aren’t always so simple. It will be better to have the utopia in mind for the future.


      • #3 by Wilhelmina on November 22, 2012 - 4:50 AM

        The only ‘issue’ is nation-state politics. The logic is quite clear. All arguments for tariffs, sanctions, minimum wage, etc. have been long exploded as errant nonsense.
        Most ‘free trade’ agreements actually increase, or attempt to increase, state management of international trade. It isn’t really ‘free trade’ so much as an ‘avoid competition with other states’ thing.


      • #4 by Bogdan Marius Beleuz on November 23, 2012 - 11:05 AM

        No doubt, but this is a political issue, and, as we all guess, the Politics is unjust and unreasonable.


      • #5 by Bogdan Marius Beleuz on November 23, 2012 - 11:14 AM

        In the end, the international trade is like a king of game for all and each country. They always try to get the best opportunities for themselves and, in the most of the cases, against the interest of the rest.


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