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Evaluation of the Implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and its Member States and the Republic of Korea

Civic Consulting and Ifo Institute conducted for the European Commission an interim ex-post evaluation of the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA, provisionally applied since July 1, 2011, and formally in force since December 13, 2015. It is the first of a new generation of FTAs, characterised by its comprehensive nature and high level of ambition, and the first one concluded by the EU with an Asian country. Conducting this evaluation was particularly important, as the lessons learned will help improve the design of other EU FTAs that are currently being negotiated, as well as inform the implementation of EU FTAs that were recently concluded. In particular, the evaluation examined the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU-Korea FTA in view of achieving its objectives, the relevance of the EU-Korea FTA regarding current trade issues faced by the EU and Korea, and the coherence of the EU-Korea FTA with the EU-Korea Framework Agreement and with the objectives of the EU trade policy. In addition, the evaluation analysed the impact of the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA on sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions, as well as on human rights.

  Link to the evaluation website