EU to start trade talks with New Zealand, Australia

The European Union has announced it will open trade talks with new Zealand and Australia in June.

Reuters: EU agrees to start Australia, New Zealand trade talks

European Union countries cleared the way on Tuesday for the bloc to begin free trade talks with Australia and New Zealand in a drive to forge new alliances as trade tensions with the United States increase.

The European Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the 28 EU members, said EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom would visit both countries to open talks in June before negotiators convene in Brussels in July for a first round of discussions.

The EU forecasts that ambitious and comprehensive agreements could boost its exports to the two countries by a third in the long term, although there are caveats about opening up EU markets to farm produce such as butter and beef.

The bloc is the third largest trade partner of both Australia and New Zealand.

Trade Minister David Parker: EU and New Zealand to start free trade talks

A free trade deal between New Zealand and the European Union (EU) has taken a major step forward with the announcement overnight that the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council has approved its negotiating mandate.

Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has welcomed the news, saying it opens the way for a free trade deal with one of the largest economies in the world that will boost jobs and incomes.

“Credit must go to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whose strong advocacy for New Zealand’s interests during her recent trip to Europe helped tip the balance,” David Parker said.

“It is also an endorsement of our strong backing for the talks as the next priority on our extensive free trade agenda, that includes the CPTPP, the Pacific Alliance and RCEP.

“These negotiations offer significant economic gains for New Zealand and the EU. They are an example of like-minded countries working together at a time when the world faces a rising tide of protectionism,” David Parker said.

“The EU is our third largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth more than $20 billion. Even excluding the UK, our trade with the EU is worth about $16 billion annually.

“Our recently-announced inclusive and progressive Trade for All agenda aims to benefit all citizens – an approach in line with the EU.

“At the start of negotiations, we’ll be releasing a package of information outlining our negotiating priorities for this agreement and how we will be engaging with New Zealanders as negotiations progress,” David Parker said.

A good step in the right direction with the EU on trade, but with 28 countries involved it will take some time to negotiate and approve, if successful.

23 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  May 23, 2018

    Naturally the angry left will remain silent over this trade deal, because you know… it their team doing the negotiating and not National.

    • Blazer

       /  May 23, 2018

      Labour have the runs on the board for doing trade deals.What are you on …about?

      • artcroft

         /  May 23, 2018

        Didn’t say the hypocritical left and referred to the angry left. Different subset of tossers.

        • artcroft

           /  May 23, 2018

          Oops not good england. Try again.
          Didn’t say the hypocritical left I referred to the angry left. Different subset of tossers.

          • Blazer

             /  May 23, 2018

            that’s much better…england..for you.Left embrace genuine..trade deals.

    • PDB

       /  May 23, 2018

      Trade negotiators under National did all the donkey work for this prior to Labour getting in – saying Ardern in a quick visit ‘tipped the balance’ is absurd as these things take time and nothing is guaranteed as Missy points out below.

      • Blazer

         /  May 23, 2018

        are you talking about…public servants?

  2. Missy

     /  May 23, 2018

    Don’t get too excited, after decades of trying to begin negotiations with the EU they miraculously decided to discuss it when NZ and Aus indicated they were interested in doing an FTA with the UK post Brexit – a cynic might think the two are connected. It then took 8 months for the EU to agree to begin talks. It took almost 10 years for a deal with Canada to be agreed, and their main exports aren’t industries that are protected in the EU. I think NZ and Aus will have a very long road to a FTA with the EU, they are incredibly protective of their agriculture and horticulture industries, not to mention their wine industries.

  3. alloytoo

     /  May 23, 2018

    And here I thought capitalism was broken………

    I support free trade and support this government insofar as they pursue these agreements.
    I also (as others have) gleefully point out their hypocrisy.

  4. Traveller

     /  May 23, 2018

    Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has welcomed the news, saying it opens the way for a free trade deal with one of the largest economies in the world that will boost jobs and incomes.

    “Credit must go to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whose strong advocacy for New Zealand’s interests during her recent trip to Europe helped tip the balance,” David Parker said.

    The integrity of this worst sort of cad gentleman must be taken with a grain of salt. Same light-voiced chap who arrogantly stated in childish petulance rather than eloquence, that “We Won You Lost” yesterday in Parliament. Some observers, like myself, would say that he has at times applied the same self-centred sentiment to his shabby private life. He’d do well to stop reminding us of his seedy carry-on.

    The Nasty Party are, as always, flying their venal flag. Leader’s illusionary “relentless positividy”is belied by rents soaring and petrol skyrocketing. On top of that nasty Parliamentary behaviour lays bare their true nature. It’s to be hoped at some stage that instead of another Working Group, they’ll pull their collective fingers and start governing with something that looks remotely like positivity. Hard to see how Mr Even Nastier than Their Crew/GoodLooking Horse Anyone? Peters will engender national confidence.

    Let’s just be clear that Labour, just like the TPP, had NOTHING to do with the machination, process and ultimately any successful implentation of the European Au/NZ trade deal.

    • Blazer

       /  May 23, 2018

      you are showing promise in the comedy…genre.One day ,someday you’ll have to accept…reality.National are toast…you now have a Govt you can be…proud of.

      • Gezza

         /  May 23, 2018

        Some observers, like myself, would say that he has at times applied the same self-centred sentiment to his shabby private life. He’d do well to stop reminding us of his seedy carry-on.

        Gosh, trav. Ever since the Nats got the push, you’ve got really down and dirty with the gossip. Frankly I expected better of you but you seem to be getting worse. What’s the guts? o_O

        • phantom snowflake

           /  May 23, 2018

          I guess I would see the ‘lashing out’ as a sign of progress. There is movement through the Grief Process from DENIAL (This government is not legitimate, Coalition Of Losers etc.) to ANGER (‘I’ just want to attack everything about this government.) Patience, G…

        • Traveller

           /  May 23, 2018

          You approve of his attitude and comment in Parliament then? To me it trivialises our democracy.

          Hardly gossip mate. His friend and NZ musical icon, Chris Knox, was ill and severely disabled by a stroke and he commenced a relationship with his wife. Not the sort of behaviour I associate with integrity, but completely in character with his comments yesterday. What you think of me won’t make a difference – as this is fact.

          https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10716817

          • Blazer

             /  May 23, 2018

            pssst…Queen Victoria is no longer on the…throne!

          • Gezza

             /  May 23, 2018

            Now , now trav. This isn’t about what he said yesterday, that was smarmy shit. This is about your being sleazy about a relationship you know nothing about. You don’t know what preceded it, what it involves, or anything, is my bet.

            • Please don’t tell me what I’m about. I do not need spiritual, moral or ethical analysing or guidance. Thanks anyway.

              This man’s arrogance and the flippancy he applies to Parliament and governance could well be attributed to character and integrity.

            • Gezza

               /  May 23, 2018

              I do not need spiritual, moral or ethical analysing or guidance. Thanks anyway.
              And neither does anyone need yours. Just calm down please.

  5. “And neither does anyone need yours. Just calm down please“

    Generally I “attack”or criticise public figures – not posters here.

    There is a profound difference to me in calling out and having an opinion on the actions of PUBLIC figures and attacking posters here.

    I wasn’t aware that PG had made you a MOD. Good luck with that.

    • Gezza

       /  May 23, 2018

      No I mean David Parker doesn’t need yours. My point is you are descending into personal attacks on politicians’ partners’ and personal lives. This imo is shitty stuff.

      • Traveller

         /  May 23, 2018

        I beg your pardon?

        I don’t appreciate your attempt to silence or moralise to me. I dislike Parker and always have done. Nothing about his demeanour or anything he says or does pleases me and I react to all he says and does with opprobrium. You might regard this as unhinged, but I’m sure if you really looked a yourself you’d have to admit you have your own peccadilloes

        With regards to Mr Gayford I’ve never made specific allegations. I only mentioned (in response to PG’s thread on Whaleoil) the reality of MY Auckland LIFE, which disturbingly must have parallels with Slater and co. 😩😩😩 Gayford is still very much discussed. This maybe because my circle is not favourably disposed to Ardern or her showbiz partner. You mightn’t like it, but it is what it is. I’ll let you know when it lets up.

        It’s hardly as if it’s an enormous part of my contribution here. It may piss you off but just ignore it like a good bloke will you.

        • Gezza

           /  May 23, 2018

          Trav! You used to have a bit of class! You’ve descended into the smelly pit of the chattering classes. This is a dreadful development. God only knows where you’ll end up. 😥

          It’s not too late to save yourself. Pull back from the edge. :/