Negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the European Union will begin on October 13, 2015, said Minister of Commerce Ridha Lahouel.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, the minister noted that this agreement aims to anchor a comprehensive approach to boost Tunisian-European partnership in its different economic, social and financial dimensions, while taking the development imbalance between the two sides.
The minister added that the commitments will be implemented gradually besides the financial and technical support to be provided to Tunisia to ensure the success of this process before and after the negotiations.
Three consultative meetings were held with the civil society ahead of the start of negotiations, Lahouel noted.
He also said that meetings were held at the level of the national commission and specialised groups formed to prepare for these talks.