Press Release: Council agrees to launch negotiations to modernise association agreement with Chile

On 13 November, the Council approved a mandate to negotiate the modernisation of the existing association agreement with Chile.

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Motion for a Resolution: EP INTA Committee on multilateral negotiations in view of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, 10-13 December 2017

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) (10 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Current and Emerging Trends in Disruptive Technologies: Implications for the Present and Future of EU’s Trade Policy (9 November 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Trade Questions (14 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – State of play of the ongoing trade negotiations with Mexico (9 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Implementation of Free Trade Agreements (9 November 2017)

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Press Release: Report: EU trade agreements in place deliver tangible benefits

New Commission report highlights positive outcomes of existing EU trade agreements and identifies areas for improvement.

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Implementation of Free Trade Agreements 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016

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Amendments: EP INTA/FEMM Committees on Gender equality in EU trade agreements

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Agenda: Working Party on Forestry (17 November 2017)

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Amendments to the Report: EP INTA Committee on Protection against subsidised imports from countries not members of the European Union

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (8 November 2017)

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Event: 15th meeting of the EU DAG under the EU-Korea FTA (Brussels, 8 November 2017)

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section External Relations (7 November 2017)

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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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Trade-related agricultural issues: Report from the Commission on the state of play and Exchange of views

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Amendments: EP INTA Committee – Draft motion for a resolution on Multilateral negotiations in view of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, 10-13 December 2017

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Agenda: Africa Working Party (31 October 2017)

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Agenda: Africa Working Party (Directors) (8 November 2017)

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Industrial policy: measuring and monitoring future developments

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (27 October 2017)

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Briefing: Benefits of EU international trade agreements

Trade is the EU’s most important link to the world beyond its borders. In force since the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the transition to a common EU trade policy was completed in 1968. It is the EU’s oldest instrument influencing the bloc’s foreign relations. Today, Article 207 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) establishes the common trade policy as an exclusive EU competence. Following the procedure under that legal basis the EU negotiates, concludes and implements trade agreements. Currently, the EU is negotiating and up-dating Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with 19 countries and 2 sub-regional blocs, namely the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Southern Common Market of South American countries (Mercado Común de Sur: Mercosur). Within the EU’s latest trade strategy – the 2015 ‘Trade for All – Towards a more responsible trade and investment strategy’, FTAs are considered instruments that contribute to the EU’s objective of generating jobs and growth. About 31 million jobs in Europe depend, directly or indirectly, on the EU and its Member States’ ability to trade. In other words, EU external trade concerns almost one in every seven jobs in Europe. In France, for example, over 2.2 million jobs rely on French exports outside the EU. Around 90 % of future global growth is expected to be generated outside Europe’s borders. Figures show that the EU share of world GDP has slowly decreased in recent years (see graph below). Against this background, the EU needs to seize trade opportunities beyond its borders in order to gain higher levels of growth in Europe.

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Written Answer to a Question: Binding UN treaty on business and human rights

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