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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Negotiations on review of the EU-Mexico FTA could start in June

| The European Commission expects a first round of negotiations for the modernisation of the EU-Mexico Global Agreement to take place before the summer 2016, potentially in June.

India: Chief Negotiator meeting planed for January 2016

| EU and Indian Chief Negotiators are expected to meet in January to assess the potential resumption of the trade talks.

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

| Negotiation teams of the European Commission and the Philippines will meet for the first round of talks in the first half of 2016.

Vietnam: The European parliament should endorse free trade deal, MEP Zaharadil says

| MEP Jan Zaharadil, rapporteur for the EU-Vietnam FTA for the International Trade Committee, urges his colleagues to confirm the deal in an interview with online news service Borderlex.

Labelling complexity a key dilemma for textile industry

| There is a desire for a supply chain with maximum flexibility and the ability to ship products into any country, which would mean a lot of languages and meeting all of the different requirements.

TTIP: Transatlantic position paper on technical barriers to trade

| Reducing technical barriers to trade is a priority for the negotiations on TTIP. The branded clothing industry in the U.S. and Europe clearly welcomes this commitment ...

Eurasian Economic Union is looking towards ASEAN for new business opportunities

| EEU leaders have made clear their objective to strengthen the trade links between their economic union and the ASEAN countries.

Indian cotton industry urges India to resume FTA talks

| R. K. Dalmia, Chairman of the Indian Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil) has requested the Indian government to take actions following the drop of cotton textile exports.

Germany supports GSP+ status for Sri Lanka

| During an official visit to Sri Lanka, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier expressed Germany’s wish to strengthen its trade relations with the South Asian country and said ...

Commissioner Malmström proposes to replace ISDS by Investment Court

| The European Commission has published a draft for the creation of an Investment Court System to replace the traditional dispute settlement model used in other trade agreements.

Thailand: General elections postponed to early 2017

| The Thai military government took the decision to postpone the democratic elections to 2017 to finalise the draft text of the new constitutional charter.

Japanese business eager to support the development of the ASEAN economy

| The Federation of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN (FJCCIA) has announced during a meeting with the ASEAN Secretary General its objective to further ...

India cancelled chief negotiators’ meeting following an EU import ban on 700 of its generic drugs

| The Indian authorities have decided to defer the resumption of the FTA talks after the EU decided to ban 700 pharmaceutical products after allegations of clinical trial manipulations.

Kyrgyzstan joined the Eurasian Economic union

| On 5 August 2015, Kyrgyzstan became the fifth member of the recent Eurasian Economic Union. The country will soon open its custom border to Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

ASEAN strengthens its relation with Norway

| ASEAN Foreign Ministers agreed to grant Norway the status of Sectorial Dialogue Partner of ASEAN during a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 5 August 2015.

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