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Bilateral deal-making involving European governments.

last update: May 2012
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Rejection of free trade agreements and the demand for a decent income at the heart of farmers’ mobilizations in Europe
We demand an immediate end to negotiations on the FTA with MERCOSUR countries and a moratorium on all other FTAs currently being negotiated.
European Commission publishes model BIT clauses between EU member states and third countries
In September 2023, the European Commission has unveiled a non-paper presenting model clauses for BITs between EU member states and third countries.
A roundup of free trade deals the UK signed in 2023
While work is still underway on securing deals with the USA and India, among others, in 2023, the Australia and New Zealand deals took effect, the UK signed up to the CPTPP agreement.
Britain and Switzerland agree wide-ranging financial services trade deal
Britain and Switzerland signed a wide-ranging financial services deal granting reciprocal market access for their banks, insurers, asset managers and stock exchanges to boost trade and cut compliance costs.
Ukraine terminates agreement with Belarus on investment protection
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a draft law to terminate the Ukrainian-Belarusian intergovernmental agreement on the promotion and mutual protection of investments.
Ukraine, Türkiye ready to ratify FTA
The governments of Ukraine and Türkiye are ready to ratify the Free Trade Agreement in early 2024.
Enhanced UK-Switzerland FTA negotiations: Update December 2023
Update on the third round of negotiations for an enhanced UK-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement.
New Serbia-China trade deal violates EU accession rules, but is celebrated anyway
The free trade agreement Serbia signed with China, which is being hailed by Serbian politicians – along with all other agreements signed that day – will cease to apply on the day Serbia becomes a member of the EU.
Switzerland must defend Gruyère cheese in trade agreements
Switzerland must do more to defend Gruyère cheese and other products that have a protected status in Switzerland, according to the Swiss House of Representatives.
EU chief wants to conclude trade deals with Australia, Mexico, Mercosur this year
The European Union should seek to complete free trade agreements with Australia, Mexico and South American bloc Mercosur by the end of the year, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.


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    European business lobby group on foreign trade issues
  • Collectif Stop Tafta / CETA
    Site internet du collectif français Stop TAFTA, CETA et autres accords de libre-échange
  • ESF
    The European Services Forum (ESF) is a network of representatives from the European services sector. We are committed to actively promoting the interests of the European services sector and the liberalisation of services markets throughout the world in connection with the GATS negotiations.
  • Eurochambres
    Eurochambres, a European business lobby group, webpage on FTAs
  • FOEE: Trade
    Friends of the Earth Europe’s special web section on trade deals
  • Handelskampanjen
    The Norwegian Trade Campaign will oppose the current, neo-liberal trade policies and fundamentally reform the trade policy system.
  • Pour
    POUR est un collectif citoyen qui met à votre disposition des analyses et prises de position d’experts, de philosophes, de sociologues, de juristes, d’économistes, de représentants syndicaux, de cinéastes, d’éditeurs belges et européens sur les accords de libre-échange
  • Seattle to Brussels Network
    The S2B network was formed in the aftermath of the WTO’s 1999 Seattle Ministerial to challenge the corporate-driven agenda of the European Union and other European governments for continued global trade and investment liberalisation.
  • Trade Leaks
    Greenpeace’s leaked documents underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced.