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Irish Chamber

Australia - EU Free Trade Agreement Research

Friday, February 19, 2016

In his latest blog, our CEO outlines the research being undertaken to inform our submissions to DFAT regarding the prospective Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement.

The Australian Prime Minister together with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission agreed in a joint statement on 15 November 2015 to start the process towards a comprehensive and high-quality Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

As a bloc, the EU is Australia’s largest source of foreign investment and second largest trading partner. In 2014, the EU’s foreign direct investment in Australia was valued at $169.6 billion and Australian foreign direct investment in the EU was valued at $83.5 billion. Total two-way merchandise and services trade between Australia and the EU was worth $83.9 billion.

The EU is Australia’s largest services export market, valued at nearly $10 billion in 2014. Services account for 19.7 per cent of Australia’s total trade in goods and services and will be an important component of any future free trade agreement.

Australian and EU officials will now begin bilateral discussions on the next steps to launch negotiations. 

So that we can best reflect the views of our members and associates, we would invite you to participate in a quick online survey to identify the main themes and issues arising from the FTA, Australian opportunities and Ireland's role. A minute or two of your time could make all the difference. Click here to start the survey......


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