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.
Update: The Final Draft Agenda has been published.
The agenda includes items concerning energy & climate, environment, trade, transport and general policy.
On 13 October, the Estonian presidency organised an informal lunch event for ministers responsible for trade to discuss the Commission’s recent 2017 trade package and the trade-related elements of President Juncker’s State of the Union speech.
Potential trade deals with Australia and New Zealand must uphold high EU standards and protect vulnerable EU producers, Agriculture Committee said on Monday.