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Questionnaire on a EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement

  • Policy field: Trade
  • Target group: All industry stakeholders
  • Closing Date: 07/09/2018

Objective of the consultation

This questionnaire is targeting European Union (EU) business (companies/business organisations) and is not intended to be an open public consultation. It consists of technical questions (e.g. on trade flows and opportunities, customs procedures, rules of origin, standards and technical regulations, trade defence, intellectual property rights, etc.). EU business is invited to comment on practical experience of doing business in Australia in order to facilitate and orientate the negotiations of a EU-Australia trade agreement.

Australia ranked as the 18th-largest trade in goods partner of the EU, while the EU represented Australia's second-largest trading partner in 2017, after China and before Japan and the US. Total trade in goods account for €47.7 billion in 2017, and total trade in services account for €27.1 billion in 2016.

Information on the questionnaire

The questionnaire is divided into the following sections:

I. Trade in Goods
II. Trade in Services, Investment liberalisation and Digital trade
III. Rules (Transparency, Good Regulatory Practice and Regulatory cooperation; Intellectual Property Rights; Competition; Public Procurement; SMEs; Sustainable development)
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 much specific information as possible (substantiated where possible by economic indicators and/or data) as to respondents' interests, prioritisation within sectors, and any proposals for solutions, where problems have been identified.

The questionnaire has 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 this questionnaire is important in this process and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

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.

Please submit your replies at the latest until 07 September 2018.

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