Ecuador-European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
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  Background and Negotiations

On 22 June 2015, in Schaan, Liechtenstein, ministers of Ecuador and the EFTA member states --Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland-- signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC). The objectives of the Joint Declaration are to further enhance bilateral economic relations and to establish a framework for the expansion, diversification and liberalisation of trade and investment. The Declaration establishes a Joint EFTA- Ecuador Committee to review cooperation in areas referred to in the Declaration, to discuss issues of mutual interest and to formulate recommendations on any relevant subject by consensus.

A year later the signature of the JDC, on 27 June 2016, ministers of Ecuador and the EFTA States formally announced the lanuch of free trade negotiations between Ecuador and the trade bloc.

The first round of negotiations took place on November 14, 2016. The second round of negotiations was in Geneva, Switzerland on February 23-March 3, 2017. The third round of negotiations took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from July 3 to 6, 2017. The fourth round concluded in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 13, 2017. The fifth round of negotiation of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement took place in Geneva, Switzerland on December 11-15, 2017. Ecuador and EFTA expect to sign the agreement in June 2018. Ecuador and EFTA signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on June 25, 2018 in Sauđárkrókur, Iceland.

Documents relating to the negotiations
01 November 2020 The EFTA-Ecuador Comprehensive Economic Partnerhsip Agreement (CEPA) enters into force PDF
25 June 2018 Sauđárkrókur, Iceland. Ecuador and EFTA sign Comprehensive Partnership Agreement CEPA PDF
21 February 2018 Ecuador and EFTA to sign Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in June PDF
11-15 December 2017 Geneva, Switzerland. Ecuador and EFTA hold fifth round of negotiations PDF
09-13 October 2017 Geneva, Switzerland. Fourth round of round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) PDF
03-06 July 2017 Guayaquil, Ecuador. Third round of trade negotiations PDF
23 February-03 March 2017 Second round of trade negotiations PDF
14 November 2016 First Round of negotiations PDF
27 June 2016 EFTA member states and Ecuador lauch free trade negotiations PDF
22 June 2015 EFTA and Ecuador sign Joint Declaration on Cooperation PDF
  bullet  Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Republic of Ecuador and the EFTA States PDF
Source : EFTA Secretariat; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana, República del Ecuador


    On December 14, 2021, the first meeting of the Joint Committee was held virtually, a scenario in which decision 1/2021 was adopted, which establishes the internal regulations of the committee; and 2/2021, which modifies Annex I of the Agreement regarding matter of origin.

Documents Relating to the Implementation
15 December 2021 First meeting of Joint Committee new!
Source: EFTA

25 June 2018 Text of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement 

Spanish version  
Recent Developments
  15 December 2021. First meeting of Joint Committee new!