Original title: L’UE et la Tunisie vers un renforcement de leur Partenariat privilégié.
Civil society representatives from both the EU and Turkey called on Turkish authorities to undertake major reforms in the fields of rule of law and human rights as a prerequisite to resume accession negotiations with the EU. The JCC members also discussed other important aspects of the relations EU-Turkey relations, such as the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in bilateral trade. Both sides highlighted the need for specific measures to facilitate SMEs activities, particularly the liberalisation of visas for Turkish citizens, as visas constitute one of the main non-tariff barriers to trade.
The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organized a working visit of the Council’s Working Group on the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in the Republic of San Marino on March 20-22.