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New Zealand | Brussels, 26 February 2019

EU and New Zealand complete third round of trade negotiations

Trade negotiators from New Zealand were in Brussels from 18-22 February 2019 for the third round of negotiations for a trade agreement with the EU.

Following the formal launch by Commissioner Malmström and New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker on 21 June 2018 in Wellington, and the first two rounds held in July and October 2018, both sides continued the negotiation towards an ambitious trade agreement covering all key aspects of a modern trade relationship.
This round comes two weeks after the visit to Brussels of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Ardern who agreed with President Juncker on the importance of the negotiations and their early conclusion.

The third round covered practically all areas of the future agreement. The round also included a first discussion on the respective market access offers for goods, which were exchanged recently. In most cases, the discussions were based on text proposals submitted by the EU side. The fourth round is envisaged to take place in New Zealand in May.

As usual in our trade negotiations, a report on the results of the third round will be published on the Commissions' website shortly after the round. The text proposals submitted by the EU on this occasion will also be made available on the same website.

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