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Tough talk over medicine and cheese as Australia and Europe seek a $37b trade deal
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has promised to take a hard line with Europe on the question of cheap medicines and his counterpart Cecilia Malmström foresees “difficult” negotiations over Australian producers using European names such as "parmesan".
Australia opens free trade talks with EU as Trump tariffs rock global commerce
Australia and the European Union will strike a blow for free trade, formally opening negotiations on a pact in Canberra.
CPTPP jeopardises the future of open source software: OSIA
Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) is calling upon the federal government to scrap the CPTPP over provisions that could decimate the Australian open source community.
FTA, investments to figure in Suresh Prabhu’s visit to Australia
The talks on free trade agreement with Australia likely to be on the agenda of India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu to Canberra on June 26.
Australia’s ’hormone beef’ not to Brexit Britain’s taste: report
One of Australia’s supposed key demands for a free trade deal with the UK – their agreeing to buy our hormone-treated beef – is “almost impossible” for the UK to agree to, according to a new report by an anti-Brexit think tank.
Grain and cropping sector welcomes trade negotiations
GrainGrowers urges the Australian Government to negotiate a comprehensive and high-quality trade agreement with the EU that improves market access and facilitates efficient trade.
Trade deals with Australia and New Zealand could cause chaos for Irish agriculture
This week’s confirmation that the European Union (EU) is to commence trade talks with Australia and New Zealand has bad news written all over it from the perspective of Irish agriculture.
Australia-EU FTA an opportunity to remove tariffs on resources trade
Australian mining could also benefit from reductions in Australian tariffs on European mining-related equipment and manufactures, and in European tariffs on a number of minerals and metals commodities.
What the TPP means for dairy
With the Federal Parliament expected to ratify Australia’s involvement in a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the end of the year, it is worth having a look at what it means for the dairy industry.
Specialty cheesemakers ’worse off’ in EU trade deal
An award-winning cheese producer says a trade deal with the European Union will hurt the specialty cheese industry.
EU approves free trade negotiations with Australia and NZ
The European Union will begin free-trade agreement negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.
EU-Australia FTA: Negotiating directives (May 2018)
As released by the European Council
EU to approve free-trade negotiations with Australia and NZ
The European Union will begin free-trade agreement negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.
Japan and Australia vow to put TPP into effect soon
Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, have confirmed their countries’ commitment to putting the new Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal into effect at an early date.
Pacific Alliance, associate members enter fourth negotiating round, look to clinch deal by July
The four-country Pacific Alliance consists of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The coalition aims to achieve the goal, launched nearly a year ago, of conferring a new associate member status to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore.
France supports Australia-EU FTA: Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron has thrown his support behind Australia’s push for a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.
The EU pursues $15b free trade talks with Australia, but there’s a catch
EU’s lead trade negotiator said the agreement would serve a “strategic” purpose by creating a “circle” of allies to remove barriers
Pacific economic ministers cautioned on NZ’s PACER-Plus view
PACER-Plus will undermine the right of governments to regulate, and see the Pacific bear the burden of binding commitments in the areas of interest to Australia and New Zealand whilst getting little legal commitments in return.
Why Australia really wants a free trade deal with the EU
A free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union now looks like a viable prospect, so what’s in it for both parties?
EU trade pact must offer fair deal for farmers, says Turnbull
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is setting his sights on a big win for Australian farmers in a far-reaching trade deal with the European Union, insisting that fair access for rural produce is vital to expanding the $99.5 billion trade relationship.