Industry consultation on a Free Trade Agreement with Thailand
- Policy field: Trade and Industry
- Target group: All stakeholders
- Closing Date: Completed - 13/05/2013
Objective of the consultation
On 28 February 2013 the European Commission received the endorsement from the Council to open negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Thailand. On 6 March 2013 European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, and the Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, launched negotiations for an FTA between the European Union and Thailand.
Thailand is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), established in 1967. In recent years, Thailand has as an ASEAN member, concluded five FTAs: ASEAN–China, ASEAN–India, ASEAN–Korea, ASEAN– Japan and ASEAN–Australia–New Zealand and has bilateral FTAs with Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India, Peru and Chile. The negotiations with ASEAN + 6 (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand) are soon to be launched and Thailand has expressed an interest in becoming a negotiating party to the Trans Pacific Partnership. The EU and Thailand are in negotiations on a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which will extend the areas of cooperation.
Thailand is the EU's third individual trade partner in ASEAN, with bilateral trade in goods reaching €29.4 billion in 2011. The EU exported goods worth €12.3 billion and imported goods worth €17.5 billion. From 2007-2011, EU exports grew by 11.7% on average per year. The EU exported commercial services worth €2.4 billion and imported commercial services valued at €4.8 billion in 2010.
The questionnaire is divided into the following sections:
I. Trade in Goods
II. Trade in Services and Investment
III. Regulatory Issues (Transparency, Intellectual Property Rights, Competition, Government Procurement)
IV. Other issues
Should there be any additional point you wish to draw the Commission's attention to, please describe this under chapter "IV. Other issues".
In addition, where possible, we would appreciate receiving as specific information as possible (substantiated where possible by economic indicators and/or data) of respondents' interests, prioritization within sectors, and any proposals for solution, where problems have been identified.
Two questionnaires have been prepared in order to provide the Commission with information to assist it in establishing priorities and taking decisions throughout the negotiating process. Your reply to these questionnaires is important in this process and we thank you in advance for your contribution.
Please send your replies by 13 May 2013 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Commission, subject to the application of the EU's rules on access to documents (Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001), will treat the information that you provide as confidential. EU rules on access to documents allow the Commission to withhold access to a document where disclosure would undermine the commercial interests of a natural or legal person or harm the EU's relations with third countries, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure.