Consultations on Free Trade Agreements with Australia and New Zealand

The EU has launched negotiations for comprehensive and ambitious Free Trade Agreements with both Australia and New Zealand. As part of the process of engagement the EU Commission has launched targeted online consultations with EU industry regarding their interests in these negotiations.

These consultations are being carried out to provide the European Commission with information to assist it in establishing priorities and taking decisions throughout the negotiating process for Free Trade Agreements with both Australia and New Zealand. EU businesses are invited to comment on their practical experience of doing business in Australia and New Zealand.

The surveys consist of technical questions covering issues such as trade flows and opportunities, customs procedures, rules of origin, standards and technical regulations. The questionnaires are divided into the following sections:

  1. Trade in Goods

  2. Trade in Services, Investment liberalisation and Digital trade

  3. Rules (Transparency, Good Regulatory Practice and Regulatory cooperation; Intellectual Property Rights; Competition; Public Procurement; SMEs; Sustainable development)

  4. Other issues.

The European Commission is seeking as much specific information as possible (substantiated where possible by economic indicators and/or data) as to respondents' interests, prioritisation within sectors, and any proposals for solutions, where problems have been identified.

The Commission, subject to the application of the EU's rules on access to documents (Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001), will treat the information provided as confidential. EU rules on access to documents allow the Commission to withhold access to a document where disclosure would undermine the commercial interests of a natural or legal person or harm the EU's relations with third countries, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure. Businesses making a submission via the online questionnaires linked to below can also communicate their key concerns to the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation by email to

Please submit any replies by 7 September 2018.


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