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Chile-European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
Text of the agreement
  Background and Negotiations
   

In June 2000, the EFTA Council of Ministers adopted a decision to begin negotiations towards a free trade agreement between Chile and the EFTA member states -- Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Negotiations were formally launched in December 2000 and were concluded, after six rounds, in March 2003. The Chile-EFTA free trade agreement was signed on 26 June 2003.

Documents relating to the negotiations
26 June 2003 EFTA states and Chile sign free trade agreement PDF
25 March 2003 Conclusion of negotations between Chile and EFTA SpanishOffsite link
17-23 March 2003 Geneva, Switzerland. VI round of negotiations SpanishPDF
16-24 January Santiago, Chile. Technical meetings SpanishOffsite link
02-06 September 2002 Geneva, Switzerland. V round of negotiations SpanishPDF
24-26 October 2001 Santiago, Chile. IV round of negotiations SpanishPDF
03-07 September 2001 Geneva, Switzerland. III round of negotiations SpanishPDF
07-11 May 2001 Santiago, Chile. II round of negotiations SpanishPDF
04 December 2000 Geneva, Switzerland. I round of negotiations SpanishPDF
19 June 2000 EFTA Ministerial Communiqué PDF
Source: Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON); EFTA Secretariat; ProChile

  Entry into Force
   

The Chile-EFTA free trade agreement entered into force on 1 December 2004 after approval by the Chilean Senate on 17 November 2004. The agreement includes a common text plus complementary bilateral agreements on agriculture, which also entered into force on 1 December.

 

Documents relating to entry into force

01 December 2004 EFTA-Chile Agreement enters into forcePDF
18 November 2004 Chilean Senate approved EFTA Free Trade Agreement SpanishPDF
Source: Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON); EFTA Secretariat

 

Implementation of the Agreement

   

Article 85 of the Chile-EFTA free trade agreement establishes an EFTA-Chile Joint Committee, comprised of Ministers or designated senior officials of each Party, to supervise the implementation of the agreement. The Joint Committee is to meet generally every two years.

The first meeting of the Joint Committee took place in January 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee issued a Decision adopting the rules of procedure for the Joint Committee, as well as decisions on other issues. The fourth meeting of the Chile -EFTA Joint Committee was held in November 2014, in Santiago, Chile.

Documents relating to the Chile-EFTA Joint Committee

17 November 2014 Santiago, Chile. Fourth Meeting of the Chile-EFTA Joint Committee in Spanish
08 April 2008 Decision Nº2-08. Amendment to Annex V - Fish and other marine products PDF
08 April 2008 Decision Nº1-08. Amendment to Annex IV concerning processed agricultural products PDF
31 January 2006 Decision No. 4-06. Amendments to Annex III Concerning Products Not Covered by the Agreement PDF
31 January 2006 Decision No. 3-06. Amendment to Article 12 of Annex I Concerning Direct Transport PDF
31 January 2006 Decision No. 2-06. Endorsement of Explanatory Notes Regarding the Interpretation, Application and Administration of Annex I PDF
31 January 2006 Decision No. 1 of 2006. Establishing the Rules of Procedure of the EFTA-Chile Joint Committee PDF
31 January 2006 FIrst meeting of Joint EFTA-Chile Committee PDF
Source: Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON); EFTA Secretariat

Notifications under Article 5 of Annex IV

13 May 2009 Notification on price compensation measures for processed agricultural products (Switzerland) PDF
19 January 2004 Notification to EFTA of Protocol 3. Agreement between Norway and the European Community for processed agricultural products PDF
May 1997 Basic notification by Norway. Notification concerning the Price Compensation System applied under Protocol Nº2 of the Free Trade Agreement PDF
Source: EFTA Secretariat

  Modernization of the Agreement
   

At the beginning of 2016, Chilean delegations held meetings with senior officials of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association to advance towards modernization of the trade agreements that Chile has with both blocks.

Documents relating to modernization of the FTA

15 January 2016 Chile makes progress towards modernization of current free trade agreements with the European Union and EFTA countries SpanishPDF
Source: Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON)

  Related Articles and Studies
   
December 2011 DIRECON. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales entre Chile y EFTA a siete años de la entrada en vigencia del TLC SpanishPDF
December 2009 DIRECON. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales al quinto año de la entrada en vigencia del TLC con la AELC SpanishPDF
December 2008 DIRECON. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales al cuarto año de la entrada en vigencia del TLC con la AELC SpanishPDF
September 2006 EFTA Secretariat. Chronology of EFTA's Free Trade Agreements, Declarations of Co-operation and Exploratory Talks PDF
April 2005 EFTA Secretariat. Free Trade Agreement EFTA-Chile Word
November 2004 DIRECON. Chile y la Asociación Europea de Libre Comercio SpanishPDF
August 2004 DIRECON. Documentoinformativo TLC Chile EFTA Spanish PDF

  Sources
 
 

Spanish version 
Recent Developments
  15 January 2016. Chile makes progress towards modernization of current FTAs with the European Union and EFTA countries new!
   

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