Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand Brexit & UK trade UK WTO & 3rd countries

In brief: UK Australia FTA working group

Australians do master the art of trade diplomacy.   The government of Australia has clearly embraced post-Brexit UK and promised London there would be a bilateral free trade agreement between Australia and Britain. London is jubilating: yes we have friends! From Australia, no brashness like New Zealand PM John Key’s statement that the United …

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 …