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EU and Australia launch talks for a broad trade agreement


On 18 June, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström together with Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo officially launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement between the EU and Australia, in the Australian capital of Canberra. The negotiations will aim at removing barriers to trade in goods and services, as well as developing trade rules to make trade easier and more sustainable.
The opening of talks with Australia is part of the EU agenda for open and fair trade. It follows the conclusion of negotiations with Japan last year and Mexico this past spring, as well the entry into force of the EU-Canada trade agreement in September of last year. The future agreement between the EU and Australia will further consolidate the EU's engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.
Whilst in Australia, the Commissioner also is also meeting Governor General of Australia Peter Cosgrove; Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop; Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud; as well as members of the opposition. On 18 June, she is also holding the 2018 Schuman Lecture at Australian National University, under the headline ’EU-Australia: A Global Alliance for Trade’.
On 19 June in Sydney, Commissioner Malmström participates in a roundtable with Australian businesses and meets European businesses active in Australia. Alongside EU Ambassador Michael Pulch, the Commissioner will also have the opportunity to meet with Australian civil society members, including representatives from climate and human rights organisations, trade unions, and academia.
Whilst in Sydney, Malmström will also visit the headquarters of Cicada Innovations, a hi-tech startup incubator, where she will meet startups involved in fields like robotics, next-generation wifi technology, and medical supplies.

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