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Public online consultation on a possible modernisation of the trade part of the EU-Chile Association Agreement

  • Policy field: Trade
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 31/08/2016

Objective of the consultation

This public consultation aims to gather detailed views relating to the possible modernisation of the trade part of the Association Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Chile. The results of the consultation will feed into the Impact Assessment which Commission services are currently preparing with regards to a possible modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement.

The online consultation will be open for 12 weeks.

Context of the consultation

In 2002, Chile was the first South American country to conclude an Association Agreement with the EU (hereinafter ‘the Agreement’). The Agreement, which includes political, cooperation and trade provisions, entered into force (the trade part) in February 2003. Since then, there have, however, been significant trade policy developments in both regions and both parties, which have concluded a number of Agreements with other trading partners.

Chile has, for example, joined the Pacific Alliance and is part of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The EU has concluded ‘new generation’ agreements with other countries in the Americas (Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru, Association Agreement with Central America), it has concluded negotiations with Canada and it has been negotiating with the US (TTIP) since 2013.

These agreements or on-going negotiations go well beyond the existing content of the trade pillar of the EU-Chile Association Agreement and as a result, the preferential relationship between Chile and the EU now risks falling behind when compared to the relationships of each of those parties with their other trading partners.

During the EU CELAC Summit in January 2013, EU and Chilean leaders agreed to “explore the options for a modernisation of the Agreement”. Since then, the EU and Chile have carried out exploratory discussions to assess whether there is a sufficiently large area of issues of common interest to allow the modernisation process to move forward.

Direct link to the survey
Questionnaire (in pdf)
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