EBCA strongly welcomes the progress currently being made in EU bilateral negotiations. However, it must be remembered that an agreement is only as useful as its implementation. As more and more countries and regions sign up to Free Trade Agreements, we must become ever more vigilant about the rise of market access barriers.
The first and best line of action for all market access restrictions should be intensive dialogue armed with the full facts of the situation. A positive example of this is the Market Access Advisory Committee which informs stakeholders of problems, in advance where possible, and seeks positive resolution of challenges in third countries once notified of restrictions by industry stakeholders.
Beyond the EU institutions, regulatory dialogues with trading partners provide a useful forum for early intervention and resolution of burdensome barriers which prevent EU producers from benefitting from the full potential of EU trade relationships.