EU-PH FTA: negotiating free trade trade with Europe

The Philippines and the European Union (EU) successfully held the first round of negotiations for a free trade agreement in Brussels from May 23 to 27, 2016.

Both sides share the ambition to conclude an agreement that covers a broad range of issues, including elimination of customs duties and other barriers to trade, services and investment, access to public procurement markets, as well as additional disciplines in the area of competition and protection of intellectual property rights.

The prospective agreement will also include a comprehensive chapter that will ensure that closer economic relations between the EU and the Philippines go hand in hand with environmental protection and social development.

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA), consisting of the non-EU countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, signed a free trade agreement with the Philippines in 2016.

More:

EU press release December 2015: EU and the Philippines launch negotiations for a free trade agreement

DFA press release May 2016: First round of PH-EU FTA negotiations held in Brussels

EU-Questionnaire on a free trade agreement with the Philippines: Feedback from Industry stakeholders (pdf)