The agreement provides tariff concessions for agricultural products processed under Schedule III. Trade in agricultural commodities is covered by three bilateral agricultural agreements negotiated between the EFTA state concerned, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland/Liechtenstein and Turkey. While bilateral agricultural agreements between Norway and Turkey, as well as Iceland and Turkey, remain in force, the bilateral agricultural agreement between Switzerland and Turkey has also been modernized and will replace the existing bilateral agricultural agreement after the modernized EFTA-Turkey free trade agreement comes into force. These bilateral agricultural agreements are part of the instruments for creating the free trade area. They provide for significant concessions on both sides, taking into account the respective sensitivities. There is an agreement between the European Union and Turkey that grants special rights to Turkish nationals. In the past, the EU has entered into association agreements with countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and other countries that have joined the EU. These have enabled nationals of these countries to work independently in the United Kingdom. Nationals of these countries, including those who arrived in the UK under the old Association Agreements, now have the right to work as independents in the UK because they are members of the European Union. The modernized EFTA-Turkey Free Trade Agreement was signed on 25 June 2018 and includes trade in products (industrial products, seafood and seafood and processed agricultural products), trade in services, protection of intellectual property rights, public procurement, competition, trade and sustainable development. In addition, the updated bilateral agricultural agreements between the various EFTA countries and Turkey are still part of the instruments for creating the free trade area. The parties agree to develop a consultation procedure to ensure the coordination of their trade policies towards third countries and mutual respect for their interests in this area, particularly in the event of the subsequent accession of third countries to the Community or association with the Community. Turkey first applied for membership of the European Economic Community (EEC) in July 1959, with the EEC established in 1958.
The EEC responded by proposing the establishment of an association as an interim measure leading to full membership. This led to negotiations that culminated in the Ankara Agreement on 12 September 1963.  2. This stage lasts no more than twelve years, subject to exceptions that can be made by mutual agreement. Exceptions must not impede the final creation of the customs union within a reasonable period of time. The agreement covers trade in industrial products, fish and seafood products and processed agricultural products. The transition period ended on January 1, 1999. In addition, bilateral agricultural agreements have been concluded between the various EFTA states and Turkey, which are part of the instruments for creating the free trade area.
The parties recognize that economic development, social development and environmental protection are interdependent. In Chapter 7, they reaffirm their commitment to multilateral contracts and principles in the environment and work and commit to a level of protection by recognizing the right of each party to set its own level of environmental and labour protection. Arbitration procedures do not apply to this chapter. The rules of origin (Annex I) are governed by the regional convention on the rules of pan-European origin. This will allow materials to be accumulated from the EFTA, Turkey and other Pan-Euro Med Member States as soon as the relevant agreements between the parties concerned have been concluded. The Ankara Agreement (an association between the Republic of Turkey and the European Economic Community) is an agreement designed to pave the way for Turkey`s accession to the European Economic Community.