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EU – China cooperation

EU – China cooperation

The Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs works to address issues encountered by EU industry when operating in, or exporting to China, through dialogues with the State Administration for Market Regulation and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The EU and China also cooperate in a number of sectorial dialogues. 

These dialogues help EU companies and policymakers better understand the Chinese legal and regulatory framework, while promoting the reforms needed to improve the business environment in China.

Dialogue with the State Administration for Market Regulation 

The dialogue with the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) contributes to the free and safe circulation of goods through the promotion of convergence of regulations and standardisation in China and the EU.

It also provides a framework for EU support of open and non-discriminatory markets covering all industrial products that are subject to EU technical regulations, conformity assessment (including certification and accreditation), and standardisation. Specific working groups cover these topics. The last plenary meeting of this dialogue took place in December 2018 in Brussels.

This directorate-general also has specific working groups with 2 administrations under SAMR: the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) and the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC). The last dialogue took place in December 2018 in Brussels

Dialogue with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)

The dialogue with MIIT was established in 2009 and covers industrial policy in general, with specific working groups on: resource efficiency, SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) policy, automobiles, shipbuilding and raw materials. The last plenary took place in November 2018. During the meeting, both parties updated each other on the results of previous technical dialogues. Industry representatives also outlined what they considered key issues for the EU and China in industrial cooperation. 

Dialogue on public procurement

We have a regulatory dialogue with the Chinese Ministry of Finance on public procurement, which was established in 2006. It allows for concrete discussions on China's entry to the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Government Procurement. The last dialogue took place in November 2018 in Beijing.

Dialogue on space

This directorate-general also has a dialogue on space with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. A joint statement on cooperation was signed during the EU-China Summit in September 2012. The fifth meeting of the EU-ESA–China Space Dialogue took place in November 2018 in Brussels. 

Dialogue on sustainable tourism

We have a dialogue on sustainable tourism with the Chinese National Tourism Administration. Both administrations launched the EU-China year of tourism in 2018.

2018 EU-China tourism year website