Brussels, 4 October 2022 (TDI): The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement Civil Society Forum (CSF) met for the first time on 4 October 2022 in Brussels.

The European Commission invited all interested parties to register to participate in the first Civil Society Forum of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement (TCA).

About the Civil Society Forum

Various Civil Society Organizations representing employers’ organizations, workers’ representatives, NGOs, and academics are participating in the forum.

The agenda of the forum is to have a balanced sectoral and geographical representation of civil society organizations. Moreover, it conducts an effective dialogue on implementation issues relating to part 2 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

The first forum of the CSF focuses on trade in goods, sustainability, energy cooperation, and a level playing field. In addition, the scope of the Civil Society Forum of the EU-UK TCA covers areas of Trade, Transport, and Fisheries.

At the CSF, UK and EU participants can submit their views or recommendations on Part 2 of the Agreement. It includes trade, transport, energy, fisheries, and social security coordination.

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About the EU-UK cooperation agreement

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) has been the legal foundation of the relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom since it entered into force on 1 January 2021.

EU-UK agreement sets out arrangements in various areas. This includes trade in goods and services, digital trade, intellectual property, public procurement, aviation and road transport, energy, and fisheries.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement goes beyond traditional free trade agreements and provides a solid basis for preserving longstanding friendship and cooperation.
Moreover, the agreement also ensures a level playing field and respect for fundamental rights between European Union and the UK.