EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement negotiations

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Information Guide focusing on the negotiations carried out between New Zealand and the European Union (EU) on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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The Joint Statement of 29 October 2015 by the leaders of the EU and New Zealand committed to start the process for negotiations to achieve a deep and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, following the successful conclusion of negotiations for a bilateral Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation.

In September 2017, the European Commission adopted a Recommendation for a Council Decision on launching FTA talk with New Zealand. The objective of this proposal was to create more favourable conditions for further increasing trade and investment between the EU and New Zealand. The adoption of this Recommendation coincided with the 2017 State of the Union address and was announced in the context of a Communication on Trade Policy. The European Parliament's plenary session approved a resolution on 26 October setting its guidelines on the negotiating mandate to be issued by the Council of the European Union. The Council of the European Union adopted the negotiating directives on 22 May. The negotiations were launched on 21 June 2018.

Talks took place over 12 negotiating rounds, the last of which was held in March 2022. Following a number of intersessional discussions, the talks for the trade agreement were formally concluded on 30 June 2022.

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Commentary and Analysis
London School of Economics (LSE): Ex-ante Study of the EU-Australia and EU-New Zealand Trade and Investment Agreements (April 2017)
EPRS: Briefing, October 2017: International Agreements in Progress: EU-New Zealand free trade agreement - All set for the launch of negotiations
EPRS: At a Glance, October 2017: FTA talks with Australia and New Zealand
EUObserver: Opinion, 30/10/2017: Going south? EU and Australia/New Zealand deal
EPRS: Briefing, February 2018: EU free trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
Radio New Zealand: Opinion, 24/05/2018: EU-NZ trade deal a bright spot in gloomy times
EPRS: At a Glance, June 2018: FTA negotiations to start with Australia and New Zealand
EPRS: Study, May 2019: Trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand
The Conversation, 04/09/2019: Agriculture a likely stumbling block in free trade negotiations between NZ and EU
London School of Economics (LSE): Brexit Blog, 10/09/2019: Does New Zealand provide Brexit lessons for Britain?
BKP Economic Advisors: Sustainability Impact Assessment in support of the EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Negotiations (March 2020)
EPRS: At a Glance, November 2020: State of play of EU–New Zealand FTA talks

EurActiv, 29/10/2015: EU, New Zealand launch free trade talks
The New Zealand Herald, 29/10/2015: John Key: Negotiation tactics with EU likely to be more transparent
Radio New Zealand, 30/10/2015: Talks underway for EU-NZ free trade pact
Independent (UK), 09/01/2017: New Zealand should scrap EU agricultural talks in favour of trade with post-Brexit Britain, says Kiwi MP
Politico, 09/01/2017: EU-New Zealand trade deal in ‘deep trouble’
EurActiv, 11/01/2017: EU, New Zealand seek swift trade talks
Radio New Zealand, 11/01/2017: Bill English talks free trade with EU President
The New Zealand Herald, 11/01/2017: NZ to benefit from Trump/Brexit?
EurActiv, 16/01/2017: New Zealand PM pushes for quick start to EU trade talks
Radio New Zealand, 29/10/2017: EU trade deal presents wide-ranging benefits - trade analyst
Independent (UK), 22/05/2018: EU plans to trade ‘much’ more with Australia and New Zealand after Brexit
The Guardian, 22/05/2018: EU talks with Australia and New Zealand deal blow to UK free trade plans
European Commission: Press Release, 21/06/2018: EU and New Zealand launch trade negotiations
Reuters, 30/06/2022: EU, New Zealand seal free trade deal in "geopolitical signal"
The New Zealand Herald, 30/06/2022: New Zealand wins $1.8b trade deal with EU at eleventh hour
Euronews, 30/06/2022: 'Historic moment': EU and New Zealand strike trade deal with climate and gender equality provisions
EurActiv, 30/06/2022: EU and New Zealand conclude negotiations on free trade agreement
Le Monde, 30/06/2022: EU and New Zealand seal major free trade deal
Politico, 30/06/2022: EU and New Zealand seal trade deal with tougher new green rules
Radio New Zealand, 01/07/2022: New Zealand and European Union secure historic free trade deal
Radio New Zealand, 01/07/2022: Meat and dairy industries very disappointed with New Zealand European Union trade deal

EU EEAS: Relations with the EU: The European Union and Aotearoa New Zealand
European Commission: EU trade relations: New Zealand
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade: European Union
European Commission: The EU-New Zealand trade agreement
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade:: New Zealand-European Union Free Trade Agreement
European Commission: Statement of the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and the New Zealand Prime Minister (29 October 2015)
EUR-LEX: COM(2017)469: Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand
EUR-LEX: SWD(2017)289: Staff Working Document accompanying COM(2017)469 - Impact Assessment
EUR-LEX: SWD(2017)290: Staff Working Document accompanying COM(2017)469 - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Recommendation to the Council on the proposed negotiating mandate for trade negotiations with New Zealand (2017/2193(INI))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement
European Parliament: Press Release, 26/10/2017: Parliament sets guidelines for trade talks with Australia and New Zealand
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 22/05/2018: Council gives the go-ahead to trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand
European Commission: Press Release, 22/05/2018: Commission welcomes green light to start trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand
UK Government: We support EU’s trade negotiations as well as our own - Opinion editorial by Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade Policy (May 2018)
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 25/06/2018: Trade with Australia and New Zealand: negotiating directives made public
Greens/EFA EP Group: Study, 12/07/2021: Seeking progress towards climate-supportive trade. The EU-NZ FTA negotiations
European Commission: Press Release, 30/06/2022: EU – New Zealand Trade Agreement: Unlocking sustainable economic growth
European Commission: Joint media release on the occasion of the meeting between European Commission President von der Leyen and New Zealand's Prime Minister Ardern (30 June 2022)
European Commission: Trade News, 30/06/2022: Key elements of the EU-New Zealand trade agreement
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen with New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern (30 June 2022)
European Commission: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the press point on the EU – New Zealand Trade Agreement (30 June 2022)

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