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Commissioner De Gucht on…
…trade with countries from the ASEAN-region
"In Europe we know that in the future 90% of economic growth in the world will happen outside our borders. A huge proportion of that growth will happen in the ASEAN region. Far from seeing this as a threat, we Europeans see the stunning growth figures in Asia as part of the solution to our economic challenges."
Read the speech "EU-ASEAN Trade and Investment" by Commissioner De Gucht at the 2nd EU-ASEAN Business Summit, Phnom Penh, 1 April 2012
… opening up of public procurement markets
"If our partners persist in keeping their markets closed they will lose out not once but twice. They will lose out on the boost to competitiveness from open procurement at home. And they will lose out when their companies no longer have access to our lucrative public markets here in Europe."
Read the speech "EU Trade Policy in Times of Protectionism" by Commissioner De Gucht at a Roundtable with the Centre for European Political Practical Excellence, Brussels, 28 March 2012
List of speeches by Commissioner De Gucht
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EU-ASEAN meeting in Phnom Penh set to strengthen trade and investment relations with South-East Asia
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht visited Phnom Penh from March 31st to April 2nd to attend the second ASEAN-EU Business Summit on April 1st. He also attended the annual ASEAN Economic Ministers summit in order to discuss possibilities to enhance trade and investment relations between the EU and ASEAN.
In the margins of the Summit, Commissioner De Gucht also met with Vietnamese Minister for Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang to officially conclude the preparations for the start of negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam.
The upcoming negotiations will cover a broad range of issues including elimination of import tariffs, trade in services, non-tariff barriers to trade (such as technical barriers or the rules on foodstuffs) and the trade aspects of rules relating to intellectual property and competition.
Press release on the Commissioner's visit to the ASEAN summit
Press release on the preparations of EU-Vietnam FTA negotiations
More on trade with the ASEAN region
More on trade with Vietnam
European Commission launches consultation on modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments
While the global economic environment has changed significantly over the last decade, the rules of the EU's trade defence instruments have remained largely unchanged for more than 15 years. The European Commission has now launched a public consultation to explore different ways to modernise these Trade Defence Instruments which are very important to the EU industry, as they are often the only means companies have to react to unfair international trading practices. The Public Consultation on the modernisation of Trade Defence Instruments is open to all stakeholders and respondents can send their contributions until 3 July 2012.
More information on the consultation
More information on the EU's Trade Defence Instruments
High-level conference on "Competitiveness, trade, environment and jobs in Europe: Insights from the new World Input Output Database (WIOD)"
On 16 April 2012 the European Commission will host a High-level conference in Brussels on "Competitiveness, trade, environment and jobs in Europe: Insights from the new World Input Output Database (WIOD)". The morning sessions of the conference will focus on the implications related to the expansion of global value chains and the shifting pattern of trade flows and will feature key note speeches by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht as well as a high-level WTO representative. The afternoon session will analyse how the WIOD database can deepen our understanding of trade and the increasing inter-relatedness between countries and industries.
More information on the conference and online registration