12 January 2013

Tunisia: EU Economic Consultative Council to Hold 1st Meeting Next January 15

Tunis — Tunisia-European Union Economic Consultative Council Meeting will hold its first meeting, next January 15 in Tunis, with attendance of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Ministers in charge of economic files, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Region Bernardino Léon.

"This Council aims to formulate proposals that will help improve the business climate in Tunisia, explore new opportunities for European enterprises in the country and consolidate economic ties, industrial co-operation and the role of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME)," according to the Prime Ministry.

The EU delegation to Tunisia, a communiqué reads, that during the meeting "the high-level representatives of European enterprises and employers' associations members of the Economic Consultative Council, will launch work avenues and will formulate concrete proposals to develop industrial co-operation between EU and Tunisia and support SME on the one hand, and improve the business climate in Tunisia, on the other."

The Council's meeting will also be an occasion, according to the European delegation, "to identify and materialise business opportunities between EU and Tunisia, by signing several trade and partnership agreements between European and Tunisian enterprises."

The Prime Ministry pointed out that "two agreement protocols will be signed at the end of the meeting, the first between Syphax Airlines/Telnet and Airbus for the purchase of ten A320 aircrafts and the conclusion of a partnership in aeronautics engineering.

The second agreement will also be signed "between Syphax Airlines/Telnet and Safran (a large French aviation group), to purchase CFM56 engines and achieve partnership projects in electronic production."

It was on the occasion of the 2012 Business and Technology Convention, organised November 28, 2012, in Tunis, that the Economic Consultative Council was launched with as mission to further boost economic co-operation between EU and Tunisia, notably by intensifying European investment in Tunisia.

The EU delegation in Tunis also announces that European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will pay an official visit, next January 15 to Tunisia.

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