Policy Priorities
International Trade

The Alliance is seeking an open EU and global trade agenda that benefits all stakeholders. We continue to support the European Commission’s work to secure fair market access at both multilateral and bilateral levels, and to negotiate Free Trade Agreements with key commercial partners.

We support simple and effective of Rules of Origin to improve use of trade agreements and ensure optimal benefit to all trading partners. We contribute to identifying and resolving technical barriers to trade.

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Malaysia: PM Confident EU-Malaysia FTA Talks Will Resume by End of 2016

| Malaysia is confident that EU-Malaysia free trade talks will resume by the end of 2016, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib stated during an official visit to Germany in late September.

European Commission pushing for closure of CETA

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| EU diplomats have hinted that the 17th round of talks on the EU-Japan trade agreement which concluded on 30 September could break the current deadlock.

TTIP: Textiles issues not on the agenda of the 15th negotiation round

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| As of 1st July 2016, Slovakia will take over the presidency of the European Union for the next 6 months.

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