Legal Framework

The legal framework of EU relations with the Palestinians is provided by the Interim Association Agreement on Trade and Cooperation (the Interim Agreement).

The Interim Agreement was signed on 24 February 1997 between the European Community (EC) and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and it integrated the Palestinians in the Barcelona Process. It entered into force on 1 July 1997.

The Agreement primarily aims to establish the conditions for an increased liberalisation of trade and provide an appropriate framework for a comprehensive dialogue between the EU and the PA. To fulfill those goals, the Agreement provides for a Joint Committee for EC-PA trade and cooperation, as well as regular meetings for economic dialogue between the parties.

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