Australia & New Zealand

Week-end round-up and week preview – G20 CETA Chile New Zealand Australia
Australia & New Zealand CETA Trade agenda

Week-end round-up and week preview – G20 CETA Chile New Zealand Australia

G20 round-up   In Saturday (8 July 2017) G20 leaders agreed on a lengthy text on trade policy that covers a commitment to keeping world trade open. Overall the final declaration focuses on the “challenges” of globalisation. It covers excess capacities in steel, sustainable value chains, trade reciprocity, and the …

Caspary reports on Australia, New Zealand FTAs: do separate investment deals
Australia & New Zealand Investment ISDS ICS

Caspary reports on Australia, New Zealand FTAs: do separate investment deals

The European Parliament’s draft recommendations for the coming Australia and New Zealand free trade negotiations contain for the first time concrete recommendations on how to structure the EU’s commercial agreements after the European Court of Justice ruling on the Singapore FTA in May 2017 which said investor state disputes are …

Australia & New Zealand

EU Australia FTA: EU business group highlights agriculture, GIs and procurement as sticking points

The EU and Australia are engaging intensely in ongoing preparations to kick-start free trade negotiations next year. The process is proving be anything but smooth sailing.   Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström met Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo late last week in Brussels. The so-called ‘scoping exercise’, an obligatory process before …

Australia & New Zealand

EU New Zealand/Australia: Trade committee does not mention investment protection in draft resolution on FTAs

The European Parliament’s trade committee is drafting a resolution on the planned EU Australia and EU New Zealand free trade agreements that already highlights the key challenges the negotiations are likely to face.   The draft paper was circulated one day after meetings between New Zealand’s Trade Minister Todd McClay …

Agriculture Australia & New Zealand

EP: dairy, sugar, beef, sheep meat, and GIs sensitive topics in EU New Zealand, EU Australia FTA

In a debate following a European Parliament’s trade committee ‘oral question’ on the planned EU Australia and EU New Zealand free trade agreements in plenary, EU agricultural sensitivities on sugar, meat (beef, sheep), and EU geographical indications surfaced as the key potential sticking points for MEPs across political parties and …