Malaysia: Discussions on the establishment of a free trade agreement between the EU and Malaysia started in October 2010. Negotiations have stalled since the end of the 7th round in 2012. The European Commission is working to revive these discussions. These large-scale agreements can take several years of detailed negotiations. The committee examined the agreement on a closer economic partnership between Hong Kong, China, and Macao, China, which immediately liberalized all bilateral trade in goods on 1 January 2018. Both sides have also improved the scope and depth of their obligations on trade in services. Hong Kong, China, said the agreement provides the framework for economic cooperation that promotes the long-term economic growth of the two sides. Macau, China, added that Hong Kong, China, is an important trade and investment partner and that the agreement will contribute positively to their bilateral relations. There are a number of negotiations with countries in the hope that a future free trade agreement can be concluded. Among the most important are Australia, New Zealand and Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) The European Union and Japan have signed the Economic Partnership Agreement, comprising a Comprehensive Trade Agreement comprising goods, services and investment, tariffs, non-tariff barriers to trade and other trade-related issues, such as government procurement, regulation, competition and sustainable development. The EU`s first free trade agreements with Latin American countries were the 2000 Global Agreement with Mexico and the 2005 Association Agreement with Chile. Well beyond the framework of an outright free trade agreement, the Association Agreement and the Comprehensive Agreement also provide a broad contractual basis for political dialogue, economic relations and economic cooperation. On 21 April 2018, the EU and Mexico reached an agreement in principle on the key elements of a trade component of a modernised global agreement between the EU and Mexico.

Among the details is the future exemption from customs duties for 99% of trade between the EU and Mexico. Transitional periods and quotas are first provided for certain agricultural goods. A total of 340 EU foods are protected by geographical designations of origin. Disputes between investors and states must be settled by a publicly legitimized investment court. The new agreement must cover not only market access, but also issues such as sustainability, regulatory cooperation and the fight against corruption. Once the final technical details have been clarified, the modernised agreement will have to be signed, approved by the Council and the European Parliament and ratified by the Member States. Since November 2017, the EU has also been negotiating with Chile to modernise the existing Association Agreement. The aim is to introduce provisions on the fight against corruption, support for SMEs and sustainable development (social and environmental standards). The trade part of the EU`s Association Agreement with Central America entered into force provisionally at the end of 2013. .

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