The Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE) of the European Commission has commissioned an evaluation of the impact of trade chapters of the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements with six partners: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia to the Consortium consisting of CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research and Ecorys, supported by FEMISE (the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Institutes of Economic Sciences). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and coherence of the trade chapters of the Association Agreements.
The Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements were conceived to help achieve the objectives of the 1995 Barcelona Declaration, signed by 15 EU Member States and 12 Southern Mediterranean Countries (SMCs). A key policy instrument to achieve the Barcelona objectives was an eventual establishment of a free trade area (FTA) between the EU and the South Mediterranean partners. It is in this context that the new Association Agreements between each of the six SMCs and the EU were signed between 1995 and 2002 and entered into force between 1998 and 2006. The FTAs focused on liberalisation of trade in goods.
The Inception Report that has been published is the evaluation’s first deliverable. It provides an account of how the evaluation team intends to assess whether the objectives of the FTAs have been met.