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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Appeal for Freer Trade

The countries comprising the Central European Free Trade Agreement, or CEFTA, vowed to speed up the creation of a free-trade zone and called on Western Europe to tear down protectionist barriers.

Trade ministers of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic signed a declaration Friday that promised to shorten the implementation of the CEFTA agreement, signed in 1992, to five instead of the agreed eight years.

"The parties strongly believe that by the end of 1997 a free-trade area for a population of 65 million will have been created," the joint statement said.