Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda

In July 2017, The Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies issued a new book focused on Australia and the European Union entering a new phase in the bilateral relationship.

“Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda” examines issues relating to the prospective Australia–EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA), highlighting potential points of difficulty and possible gains from the agreement. The book also provides a snapshot of current issues in trade policy – the ‘new trade agenda’ – which is more complex and politically visible than ever. The book is available electronically (free) or in print through ANU Press.

The EU Centre for Global Affairs is in the process of completing its own book “Potential Benefits of an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement: Key Issues and Options”. This book is also focused on and makes a clear and robust case for the prospective Australia–EU FTA, expected to be launched before the end of 2017.

Topics covered include Business-to-Business Relationships in the Era of Global Value Chains, Government Procurement, Regulatory Cooperation, Services in the Digital Age, Agriculture, Geographic Indications, Investment and Innovation and Investor/State Dispute Settlement. This forthcoming University of Adelaide publication will also examine how BREXIT might affect the game.

The findings of both books, as well as other publications from the EU Centres across Australia, will be showcased at the Joint EU Centres Conference “Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures” in Melbourne 16-19 October 2017. More details about the Conference can be found HERE.

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