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International Trade Developments

FoodDrinkEurope welcomed the agreement reached at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali. The Bali package or ‘Doha lite’ deal consists of a selection of issues from the Doha Round negotiations: trade facilitation, agriculture, and issues related to development. The commitment shown in Bali sends a positive signal that the WTO can deliver on trade liberalisation. Europe’s food and drink manufacturers remain strong supporters of a balanced multilateral rules-based trading system which provides a level playing field for all countries.

In November 2013, the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, met Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo for the twenty-first EU-Japan Summit. FoodDrinkEurope, COPA-COGECA  and CELCAA, the EU agri-food chain organisations representing European farmers, agri-cooperatives, food and drink manufacturers and agri-food traders,  reaffirmed their strong support for a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Japan.

In a joint position published on 8 November, Copa-Cogeca and FoodDrinkEurope supported on-going negotiations on the proposed EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. This agreement provides a unique opportunity to eliminate regulatory obstacles, which is a key priority for the European agri-food industry.

FoodDrinkEurope also welcomed the political agreement reached between the EU and Canada on the key elements of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). With Canada being the eighth most important export destination for EU food and drink products, FoodDrinkEurope looks forward to the final details of the agreement and the conclusion of negotiations.

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