Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda

Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda

Edited by: Annmarie Elijah orcid, Don Kenyon, Karen Hussey, Pierre van der Eng orcid

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Australia (together with New Zealand) is one of the few Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries with which the EU does not have a comprehensive trade agreement. Australia and the EU are entering a new phase in the bilateral relationship, and the push towards a potential trade agreement has been steadily gaining momentum. This collection brings together diverse and deeply practical contributions to the forthcoming policy debate on the Australia–EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA), highlighting potential points of difficulty and possible gains from the agreement. This book makes two further contributions: it adds to the body of work reappraising the contemporary Australia–EU relationship; and provides a snapshot of current issues in trade policy—the ‘new trade agenda’—which is more complex and politically visible than ever. The issues confronting Australia and the EU in forthcoming negotiations are those confronting policy makers around the globe. They are testing public tolerance of decisions once viewed as dull and technocratic, and are redefining the academic treatment of trade policy.

‘… this book is especially important because it is talking about a very different type of trade agreement than the ones Australia has concluded recently with our major trading partners in East Asia. An agreement with the EU inevitably will focus on issues like services, investment, government procurement, and competition policy. These are major issues in their own right, are key parts of the new trade agenda, and are critical to Australia’s successful transition to a prosperous post–mining boom economy. In the absence of generalisable unilateral economic reform in this country, trade policy hopefully will provide an external source of pressure for reform. If this book adds to that pressure while also suggesting some of the tools needed for reform, it will have made a major contribution.’
 Dr Mike Adams, Partner, Trading Nation Consulting

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  1. Introduction: Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda (PDF, 0.1MB)Annmarie Elijah, Donald Kenyon, Karen Hussey and Pierre van der Eng doi

Section 1

  1. Korea–EU FTA: Breaking New Ground (PDF, 0.3MB)Yoo-Duk Kang doi
  2. Understanding the EU–Singapore Free Trade Agreement (PDF, 0.5MB)Deborah Elms doi
  3. Is the CETA a Road Map for Australia and the EU? (PDF, 0.2MB)Annmarie Elijah doi

Section 2

  1. The Changed Architecture of the EU’s Agricultural Policy Over Four Decades: Trade Policy Implications for Australia (PDF, 0.3MB)Alan Swinbank and Carsten Daugbjerg doi
  2. Agriculture in the Australia–EU economic and trade relationship (PDF, 0.5MB)Karen Hussey and Carl Tidemann doi
  3. Geographical Indications: An Assessment of EU Treaty Demands (PDF, 0.2MB)Hazel Moir doi
  4. Gains for Trade in Services in an EU–Australia Free Trade Agreement: A European Perspective (PDF, 0.2MB)Pascal Kerneis doi
  5. ‘Mutual Evaluation’: A New Policy Tool for Dealing with ‘Behind the Borders’ Barriers (PDF, 0.3MB)Anne McNaughton and Jacqueline Lo doi

Section 3

  1. Bringing Australia and the EU Closer: Is an FTA a Solution? (PDF, 1.1MB)Paul Gretton doi
  2. EU and Australia: Europe’s Challenges and Policy Options for Future Trade (PDF, 0.2MB)Roderick Abbott and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama doi
  3. An FTA with the EU: What Could Be Gained? (PDF, 0.2MB)Bruce Gosper doi


  1. Australia and the EU: Partners in the New Trade Agenda (PDF, 0.2MB)Don Kenyon and Pierre van der Eng doi

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