Brussels Daily
17 Apr 2019


Brussels Daily

TRADE: Commission reports on progress in trade talks with Chile and Australia

As part of its transparency commitment, the Commission today published reports summarising the progress made during the latest negotiating rounds with Australia (25 to 29 March) and Chile (1 to 5 April). The third round of negotiations with Australia confirmed a shared commitment to achieve an ambitious and comprehensive agreement. The round covered discussions in almost all thematic groups and the negotiators started putting together parts of the text agreeable to both sides. The fourth negotiation round of talks with Australia is scheduled for July 2019. Fruitful discussions also took place during the lasts, fourth round of negotiations for the modernisation of the trade part of the EU-Chile Association Agreement. The negotiators made substantial progress in a significant number of chapters including on food safety and sanitary rules, technical obstacles in trade, good regulatory practices, customs, rules of origin, trade in commercial services, competition rules and rules supporting trade by smaller companies. EU proposals for sustainable development chapters in the future agreements with Australia and New Zealand are now also available online. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)

Short-term agricultural projections: a recovery in cereal production and a record of olive oil exports in 2019

With increased production and strong global demand, EU olive oil exports are expected to reach record levels in the 2018/2019 season, while EU cereal production is hard hit by the adverse weather conditions of last year, is recovering. Here are some of the conclusions of the latest report on short-term agricultural prospects published today by the European Commission. With regard to meat markets, pork prices are currently rising due to the more limited supply. The sector could also benefit from improved export prospects, particularly to China. Poultry production could increase by 2% in 2019 after a 5% increase in 2018, under favorable international conditions and higher prices. For the dairy sector, the expected production increases for 2019 are more moderate: 0.7% for milk and 0.8% for cheese, with an expected export expansion of 1%. The full report is available online. More information on the report available here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel .: +32 229 56185, Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)

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