Joint Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union and New Zealand as regards the adoption of decisions on the Rules of procedure of the Joint Committee and the adoption of the terms of reference of the subcommittees and working groups

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Indicative Planning of JCCC Meetings of Bodies Set up by International Agreements

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions -reply to the Senato della Repubblica (IT) – COM(2015) 497 final

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Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) (7 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Committee on the Sustainability of Biofuels and Other Bioliquids

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At a Glance: Edging closer to a TPP-11 agreement

Following negotiations on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2017 Economic Leaders’ Week held in Vietnam on 6–11 November, the trade ministers of the remaining 11 signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (one fewer, after the USA withdrew) agreed on the core elements of its revised version – the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The revised agreement is expected to be signed by spring 2018 and to come into effect by 2019.

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In-Depth Analysis: Free and fair trade for all?

With its strategy paper entitled ‘Trade for all’ in 2015, the Commission launched an EU trade policy that focussed on values such as human rights, workers’ rights, environmental protection and sustainable development. The idea was that free trade should be fair for both consumers in Europe and for citizens elsewhere. This approach was pursued in bilateral trade negotiations and in legislative proposals on, for example, conflict minerals, dual-use goods or the investment court system. But by the end of 2016 the tenor of the debate on international trade had changed, shifting the focus to national interests and fairness for consumers and producers at home. The UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU and the election of President Trump in the US, together with the expiry of the clause recognising China’s non-market economy status, contributed to this shift.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Public Hearing Trade Policy Day (22 November 2017)

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 November 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

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Overview of FTA and Other Trade Negotiations

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Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) (17 November 2017)

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EU Fact Sheet: Pacific

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Ad hoc delegation to Australia and New Zealand (9 November 2017)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (13-16 November 2017)

Agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, trade, transport, and general policy.

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UPDATED – Recommendation & Report: EP AFET Committee on the Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and New Zealand, of the other part

Updated: the recommendation and the report are now available.

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (9 November 2017)

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: EP Plenary Session (23-26 October 2017)

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Press Release: S&Ds push for transparency and sustainability chapter in trade deals with Australia and New Zealand

The European Parliament will vote today on recommendations for the trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand. The Socialists and Democrats are especially pushing for transparent negotiations and enforceable environmental and labor standards.

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Press Release: Parliament sets guidelines for trade talks with Australia and New Zealand

Trade talks with Australia and New Zealand should aim to help the EU economy while protecting farmers and consumers, MEPs say in a resolution voted on Thursday. The EU is set to launch negotiations for new free trade agreements with the two countries, aiming to boost trade in goods and services, and investment flows. MEPs offer various proposals as their input to the Council and the Commission for future talks.

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2018 Commission Work Programme: Trade Policy

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UPDATED – Report: EP INTA Committee on the negotiating mandate for EU trade negotiations with New Zealand

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UPDATED – Report: EP INTA Committee on the negotiating mandate for EU trade negotiations with Australia

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At a Glance: FTA talks with Australia and New Zealand

On 13 September 2017, the Commission presented recommendations to the Council to authorise the launch of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. In October, the Parliament is due to debate reports by the Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) on the proposed negotiating mandate for trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.

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UPDATED – Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (23 – 26 October 2017)

Update: The Final Draft Agenda has been published.

The agenda includes items concerning energy & climate, environment, trade, transport and general policy.

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