Policy Priorities
International Trade

News |

Negotiations on a free trade agreement with the Philippines to be officially launched in the coming weeks

The European Union and the Philippines are expected to officially launch the negotiations for a free trade agreement in the coming weeks, a first negotiation round is expected in the first half of the year 2016. Following a thorough scoping exercise where both the EU and the Philippines discussed their ambitions and objectives, a formal exchange of proposals might already take place during the first round, the Commission assumes. As part of the Commission’s new transparency approach to trade policy, the EU proposals should also be made public in due time.

An ambitious agreement would be beneficial for the branded clothing industry as high tariffs are currently imposed on textiles and footwear on both sides – ranging from 10% to 20% for most of the products.

The EU is an important trading partner of the Philippines, with two-way trade of more than 10 billions per year (textiles and footwear amounting to nearly 300 million euros for the year 2014). An agreement with the Philippines would further strengthen the influence of the EU in the ASEAN region. The EU is currently negotiating with two ASEAN countries – Malaysia and Thailand – and has concluded talks with Singapore and Vietnam.

Member States decided to authorise the Commission to launch the negotiations on 16 November. The mandate has not (yet) been made public, however, a written statement said, that the Council encouraged the Commission to take an ambitious approach and that the Commission is authorised to negotiate in areas that fall within Member States’ competence.

Go back


Related

Vietnam FTA: Legal scrubbing till April

| The trade agreement between EU and Vietnam may be sent for approval by Parliament and Council in April.

CETA: Joint review of T&SD chapters

| Commission asks for joint review the enforceability of CETA’s T&SD chapters in response to promises made in October 2016 when the Walloon regional parliament threatened to derail the agreement.

Slow progress with Mexico

| he Commission published its report from the fifth round of negotiations with Mexico. Rules of origin remain sticking point.

MEPs call for Commission to rely on multilateral conventions rather than sanctions for TSD enforcement

| Following the release of the Commission’s non-paper in July, MEP Christofer Fjellner (SE, EPP) and MEP Daniel Caspary (DE, EPP), sent a letter to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, providing the

Become a Member
If you would like to know more about EBCA’s unique services or inquire about membership, please contact our secretariat.