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Questionnaire on a free trade agreement with the Philippines

  • Policy field: Trade
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 30/04/2016

Objective of the consultation

On 22 December 2015 the European Commission announced the launch of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the Philippines. Bilateral negotiations with the Philippines are the 5th to be launched with a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – following the launch of negotiations with Singapore (2010), Malaysia (2010), Vietnam (2012) and Thailand (2013).

The Philippines is one of the 10 members of the ASEAN and, with a GDP of €260 billion in 2014, the fifth largest economy in the region. The Philippine economy has more than doubled its size in the last decade and consolidated itself as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia (6.1% GDP growth in 2014). With a population of over 100 million it is also the second most populated country in ASEAN. As part of ASEAN, the Philippines has concluded five regional FTAs (China, India, South Korea, Japan, and Australia and New Zealand) and has, in addition, one purely bilateral FTA with. In the past couple of years, the Philippines has also reached out to EFTA and the EU to negotiate bilateral FTAs and has expressed an interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) once it is open to new members.

The Philippines is the EU's 6th largest trade partner in ASEAN. In 2015, the EU exported goods worth €6.2 billion to the Philippines, while the EU imports from the Philippines amounted to €6.8 billion. Data for 2015 reflects a substantive increase in Philippine exports to the EU that can partly be explained by the Philippines becoming a GSP+ beneficiary in December 2014 (from earlier GSP status).

DG Trade has prepared two questionnaires to give stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to provide information on trade matters in the agreement between the EU and the Philippines (FTA): one general for Industry and one specific on fisheries issues. Your reply to these questionnaires will be important in establishing priorities and taking decisions throughout the negotiating process and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

The general questionnaire is divided into the following sections:

I. Trade in Goods
II. Trade in Services and Investment
III. Regulatory Issues (Intellectual Property Rights, Competition, Government Procurement)
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.

The Commission, subject to the application of the EU's rules on access to documents (Regulation 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.

The Commission would welcome your input and comments on these questionnaires by 30th April 2016. For any question you can write at the following e-mail address:

Direct links to the questionnaires:

General questionnaire for Industry on a 'Free Trade agreement' with the Philippines

Specific questionnaire on fisheries issues

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