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EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht on …
"ACTA is not an attack on your liberties; it is a defence of your livelihoods. This is not 1984; this is 2012. And in 2012 we have real economic problems that we must take action to solve. ACTA is part of that solution."
Speaking points of the Commissioner for the Committee for International Trade of the European Parliament – 29 February 2012
…the progress in the dismantling of trade barriers
"With protectionism an ever present threat, we need to make sure that trade remains open in order to boost jobs and growth. Today's report shows that our enforcement strategy is paying off in fighting unfair barriers to trade and investment; yet, we need to strengthen our vigilance and double our efforts in order to make sure that openness is maintained worldwide. The EU's commitment to ensuring trade openness remains firm"
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BARRIERS TO TRADE
EU assesses progress of its strategy to dismantle Trade Barriers
On February 27, the European Commission published its second Trade and Investment Barriers Report, which describes the progress achieved in dismantling trade barriers to the markets of six strategic economic partners - China, India, Japan, Mercosur, Russia and the US. The report recognises some success stories in the removal of certain trade barriers, but also underlines the overall persistence of trade barriers for European business to access key markets.
The published Trade and Investment Barriers Report is part of a broader enforcement strategy that aims at ensuring that the EU's trade partners abide by their commitments and maintain open markets.
MOLDOVA - GEORGIA
Commissioner De Gucht visits Moldova and Georgia to open trade negotiations
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht visited Moldova and Georgia on 27 and 28 February respectively to launch negotiations on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas between the EU and the two countries. The Free Trade Areas will be part of the Association Agreements currently being negotiated with Georgia and Moldova. These agreements have the overall objective to significantly deepen political association and economic integration with these countries.
The EU is Georgia's and Moldova's first trading partner. Bilateral trade in goods amounted to €2.2 billion with Georgia and €2.7 billion with Moldova in 2011.