Even if the European Union and the United Kingdom conclude a highly ambitious partnership covering all areas agreed in the Political Declaration by the end of 2020, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU acquis, the internal market and the Customs Union, at the end of the transition period will inevitably create barriers to trade and cross-border exchanges that do not exist today.
There will be broad and far-reaching consequences for public administrations, businesses and citizens as of 1 January 2021, regardless of the outcome of negotiations. These changes are unavoidable and stakeholders must make sure they are ready for them.
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.
On behalf of the European Union, I would first like to welcome the Delegation of Thailand led by Mr. Rachavitch Piyapramote (Minister, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the WTO and WIPO, Bangkok Office). I would also like to thank the WTO Secretariat and the Government of Thailand for their reports. Let me extend also our appreciation to the Discussant, H.E. Ms Silvia Elena Alfaro Espinosa (Ambassador of Peru) for giving us her views on the main economic and trade trends in Thailand and on the opportunities and challenges ahead. The EU welcomes this opportunity to discuss developments in Thailand's trade and economic policies and business environment since its previous WTO Trade Policy Review in 2015.
29-10-2020 - HR/VP video blog - We need to strengthen our partnership because our political, economic and security future is at stake when it comes to our relations with Africa, a young and dynamic continent. The EU is still Africa’s first partner in many areas, but we are facing more and more competition.