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Cecilia Malmstrom, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, with Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, and Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
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EU FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand – state of play report

The EU’s Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Australia and New Zealand are now fully engaged, almost a year after their official launch. The ‘mood music’ in the negotiations is positive, with all three parties consistently emphasising the desirability of an FTA, and how closely aligned the countries already are in …

Will ‘Australian prosecco’ be produced or will it go the way of ‘Australian Champagne’ and be banned?
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Prosecco and Gorgonzola wars: how Europe’s GIs are complicating FTA talks with Australia and New Zealand

The Geographical Indications issue will not prevent the European Union concluding Free Trade Agreements with Australia and New Zealand – but it is nevertheless likely to be a major complicating factor. This is the view shared by officials and stakeholders on both sides as the talks, which were launched last …

Week in Brussels: Australia and New Zealand FTAs, Cambodian textiles, US-Japan-EU trilateral
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Week in Brussels: Australia and New Zealand FTAs, Cambodian textiles, US-Japan-EU trilateral

This week was dominated by news on European trade defence policy and by a shift in sentiment in Britain over a customs union with the EU – with ramifications for the Department for International Trade. Other bits of news below. EU-Australia negotiations: third round The EU and Australia held a …

Week in Brussels: Brazil retaliates, New Zealand, FTAs, Myanmar
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Week in Brussels: Brazil retaliates, New Zealand, FTAs, Myanmar

This week’s special focus has been transatlantic trade negotiations (here and here) and Brexit-related British trade policy (here, here, here). But we also got an update on EU Taiwan relations. Below other noteworthy news or updates. Brazil retaliates against EU steel safeguards We are facing another episode in the global steel trade …

A week in Brussels – Tunisia, Mercosur, Australia, Western Sahara, Jordan
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A week in Brussels – Tunisia, Mercosur, Australia, Western Sahara, Jordan

The ratification of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement by the European Parliament on Wednesday boosted morale at a time when relationships with the United States remain ‘complicated’ and the WTO is sinking into crisis as the US rejected the EU’s WTO reform proposals during meetings in Geneva this week. But …

Passerelle between WIE and ASP building
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A Week in Brussels: INTA special, China, Australia

Below some highlights of this week’s trade committee meeting in Brussels, and a little update on the EU-Australia FTA talks. In case you missed them, check out our other articles this week on no-deal Brexit here and here, the EU’s food export bonanza, trilateral EU-Japan-US discussions on China and WTO, CETA, and the …

Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP
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Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP

One of the more eye-catching aspects of the UK government’s recently launched consultation on its post-Brexit trading future was its stated ambition to ‘potentially’ join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as CPTPP. The 11-nation pact was identified as a priority for the UK in negotiating new …

Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body
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Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, New Zealand, Brexit, China, Japan, Appellate Body

This is a week of summits and negotiations: the EU will start talks with New Zealand, continue discussions with Mercosur and hold high-level meetings with China and Japan (delayed from last week). And toward the end of the week, when the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body meets, we might …