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Opening Market – Setting New Rules: Free Trade Agreements of the EU

The EU is negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) with many third countries, including Japan, Mexico, and the Mercosur states. Draft mandates for negotiating with Australia and New Zealand were submitted to the Council of Ministers in September 2017. Together with the liberalization of multilateral trade under the World Trade Organization (WTO), preferential trade agreements are a central pillar of the EU’s trade strategy.

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Preferential Trade Agreements

CETA moves one step forward

- Preceded by controversial political and legal debates in a range of EU Member States, the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in October 2016. The Belgian federal government long lacked the support of some regional governments needed to add its essential... more
Preferential Trade Agreements

Bundestag gives green light for CETA

- Following the positive vote at the SPD party convention, the German parliament has now also cleared the way for Germany’s approval of the CETA agreement. more