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The European Union maintains close historical and cultural relations with New Zealand, with which the EU takes an approach similar to a wide range of international challenges, such as its opposition to protectionism. New Zealand is negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union, one of the world`s largest trading companies. In 2003, a veterinary agreement to simplify the trade in live animals and animal products (while protecting human and animal health) came into force and was updated in 2015. EU and Australian officials met in Brussels from 2-6 July 2018 for the first round of trade talks. The discussions took place in a very good and constructive atmosphere and showed a common commitment to the negotiation of an ambitious and comprehensive agreement. Seventeen working groups met in almost all areas of the future trade agreement. The next roundtable is scheduled for Australia in November. New Zealand`s trade minister said the negotiations would focus on removing tariffs, new approaches to non-tariff barriers, reducing customs cooperation and regulation, and trade provisions to support sustainable development (including climate change). The goal of concluding a free trade agreement in six months is extremely ambitious: most free trade agreements take several years to negotiate and conclude (for example). B, the recent EU-Canada agreement, which lasted about eight years between the start of negotiations and the ratification of CETA). In a speech to the National Press Club of Australia on Wednesday, Birmingham said Australia would try to secure better access to the agricultural market, abolish wine tariffs and high standard rules for trade and digital investment. Annual trade negotiations regularly bring together representatives from both sides to exchange views on bilateral trade relations. In 2017, the EU and New Zealand concluded a partnership agreement containing a set of rules for economic and trade cooperation.

The EU and New Zealand have also concluded a bilateral agreement on mutual recognition of certain technical certificates. This will remove technical barriers, including evaluation procedures. It includes: a Sustainable Impact Assessment (AIS) has been launched to support free trade negotiations. The ASA will assess the potential impact of the trade and trade provisions of the proposed free trade agreement on economic, social, human rights and environmental elements in any trading partner and in other countries concerned. For more information on Sia, please visit the ASA EU-New Zealand website. We agreed on the geographical indications of protection under the agreement. Learn more. In 2017, the EU and New Zealand entered into a partnership agreement containing a number of rules for economic and trade cooperation. In addition, New Zealand has been a member of the WTO since 1995.

« As our two nations begin to focus on the economic recovery of Covid-19, a free trade agreement between Britain and Australia will help expand export choices and opportunities and strengthen supply chains to better withstand future shocks, » said Mr Birmingham. The EU and Australia have concluded negotiations for a political framework agreement with a number of economic and trade cooperation agreements. In May 2018, the EU Council authorised the Commission to open trade negotiations with New Zealand and adopted the relevant negotiating guidelines. After a first round of free trade negotiations in July 2018 in Brussels, negotiations are under way. Earlier this week, Boris Johnson said the UK hoped to conclude a trade deal with the EU by the end of next month that would pave the way for bilateral free trade agreements with countries such as Australia and New Zealand.