Free Trade Area

Free Trade Area in Europe

Description of Free trade area

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes free trade area in the following terms: [1] A free trade area differs from a customs union in that each of the member countries may have its own individual tariffs or other trading arrangements with third party states, whereas in a customs union there is a uniform external trade regime (see more in this European encyclopedia). Another feature of a free trade area, such as that constituted by NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), is that it carries no federal political implications.

A free trade zone – precisely what we have been trying to avoid for the last 25 years. Yves-Thibault de Silguy, commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, on the consequences of a delay in EMU, 1997


Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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