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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