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Bilateral relations

Besides the multilateral trade agenda, another important aspect of EU’s trade policy are relations with third partners all over the world. The EU is the largest exporter of manufactured goods and services, and the biggest export market for around 80 countries. In addition, together the EU member states account for 16% of world imports and exports and are the number one source and destination of foreign direct investment. It is therefore important for BusinessEurope to promote an ambitious EU bilateral trade agenda that ensures access to third markets and a level playing field for European companies when they compete at global level.

BusinessEurope is cooperating with business associations globally and covers the developments in EU’s trade relations particularly with the following regions and countries: Africa and the Caribbean, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Brazil and Latin America, Canada, China, Eastern Partnership countries, India, Japan, South Korea, Mediterranean countries and the Middle East, Russia, the United States.

Publications

Press releases Date
European business alarmed by recent developments on Brexit 12/12/2018
Statement of BusinessEurope's Council of Presidents on Brexit 23/11/2018
BusinessEurope welcomes positive step towards orderly Brexit 15/11/2018
Union and business leaders issue joint appeal for urgent progress in Brexit negotiations 27/06/2018
Brexit: EU and UK must deliver good customs solutions 13/06/2018
Brexit: agreement on transition is positive for business 23/03/2018
Business welcomes European Council decision on Brexit – companies need certainty 15/12/2017
Brexit negotiations progress is a positive sign 08/12/2017
Cliff-edge Brexit – BusinessEurope publishes company examples 07/12/2017
Brexit – business is concerned about the slow pace in negotiations 15/09/2017
Sailing the wind of economic improvements to further strengthen Europe 13/09/2017
Brexit - business needs an orderly transition 06/07/2017
Disorderly Brexit cannot be an option 16/06/2017
TPP conclusion: positive for EU negotiations with Japan and the USA 06/10/2015
Position papers Date
Joint statement - Business calls for speedy ratification of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement 26/09/2018
Trade and sustainable development chapters in EU free-trade agreements 07/11/2017
EU foreign economic diplomacy 22/03/2016
Towards a new European neighbourhood policy - BusinessEurope response to the European Commission public consultation 30/06/2015
Public letters Date
Additional secondary U.S. sanctions against Russia - Letters from Pierre Gattaz and Markus J. Beyrer 24/09/2018
Horizontal provisions for cross-border data flows and personal data protection in EU trade and investment agreements - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Ekaterina Zaharieva 08/03/2018
Cross-border data flows and inclusion of specific provisions in free-trade agreements negotiated by the EU - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Frans Timmermans 30/10/2017
Provisions on cross-border data flows to be included in future trade agreements - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta 17/03/2017
Facts and figures Date
EU-China trade - Facts and figures 17/07/2018
Reports and studies Date
Brexit: the customs implications and solutions 12/06/2018
Consequences of a cliff-edge Brexit 07/12/2017
Speeches Date
The social dimension of free-trade agreements - ILO international conference - Speaking notes for Carsten Dannöhl 07/11/2013
Bilateralism and reciprocity: walking the tightrope - European University Institute (EUI) trade policy conference - Presentation by Adrian van den Hoven 15/05/2012
Last updated: 6 July 2016