In December 2016, the European Commission published an assessment proposing to update and modernise the agreement, which includes services and public procurement.  The report ends with two options; Improved trade framework (ECF) or comprehensive free trade agreement (ACFTA).  Starting in 2020, the Council has not yet adapted the proposal. Since 2015, the Turkish government has held several meetings to assess the update of the agreement.  In December 2016, the Commission proposed modernising the customs union and extending bilateral trade relations to areas such as services, public procurement and sustainable development. The Commission`s proposal was based on extensive preparatory work during 2016, including a public consultation with stakeholders, a detailed impact assessment and a study by an external consultant. However, the Council has not yet adopted the mandate. In today`s world, countries tend to enter into bilateral and regional free trade agreements, as the World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved a high level of liberalization, with insufficient WTO rules under current conditions and an inefficient multilateral trading system to allow better market access. As a result of this trend, some 400 free trade agreements are being notified to the WTO. In accordance with Article 8 of The Association Council`s Decision 1/95, Turkey registers in its internal legal order, within five years of the entry into force of this decision, the Community instruments aimed at removing technical barriers to trade. The list of Community instruments was drawn up by The Association Council`s Decision 2/97, which launched efforts to adopt technical legislation.
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. On the other hand, thanks to decision 1/2000 of the CE-Turkey Customs Cooperation Committee of 25.07.2000 (JO L 200 of 25.07.2000). The customs union allows goods that meet the conditions of free movement within the customs union, but are negotiated between the EC and Turkey through other countries in the pan-European system of accumulation, provided that evidence of Community or Turkish origin is provided in one of the countries concerned.