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Trade Talks! 6th round of EU-AUS FTA negotiations

10/02/2020 - 05:45
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A team of European Union trade negotiators met their Australian counterparts in Canberra from 10-14 February for negotiations towards the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

The latest round followed an exchange of offers for services and investment and public procurement. An initial exchange for goods was made ahead of the fifth round of negotiations in October 2019. (Read more in the DG Trade report here).

The week's discussions covered most areas of the future agreement including technical barriers to trade, sustainable development, goods, geographical indications, rules of origin and exchanged market offers. Twenty two separate working groups took part.

Speaking at the opening session at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, the EU's chief negotiator Helena König said there is an expectation to "continue with the good speed of previous rounds."

Trade and Sustainability

Providing an update from Brussels, Ms König highlighted the European Commission's new Green Deal. "Sustainability and climate is a top priority of the new European Commission, the European Parliament and countries around the world."

Australia's chief negotiator Alison Burrows welcomed the exchange of initial market access offers on services and investment and public procurement.

 

There is a lot of political will to progress with the agreement she said, noting that post Brexit, the EU is the second largest source of investment in Australia and its third largest trading partner after China and Japan.

 

"This week we need to do more to go further!"

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On Thursday, the chief negotiators held a Q&A with 100+ stakeholders representing a broad range of industry and sectors. The session covered topics including: sustainable development, pharma, IPO, digital services, geographical indications, market access and more.

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Access the DG Trade report on the 6th Round of negotiations here

The next round of negotiations is expected to take place in Brussels in May.

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