Submissions

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) welcomes submissions from interested individuals and groups on the potential opportunities and impacts of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU).

Stakeholders are invited to consider and comment on the commercial, economic, regional and other impacts that could be expected to arise from an Australia-EU FTA. In your submission, you may wish to focus on specific market access challenges and other issues of importance in doing business with the EU or EU member states. Especially helpful would be information on tariff and non-tariff barriers to goods and services trade and barriers to investment.

Possible issues stakeholders may wish to address include:

  • goods market access (tariffs and quotas)
  • biosecurity and food safety issues
  • regulatory issues
  • customs procedures
  • cross-border trade in services
  • investment, including investor-state dispute settlement
  • government procurement
  • intellectual property, including geographical indications
  • movement of persons
  • competition policy
  • sustainable development.

Observations based on past experience in the EU or in other markets that may have some bearing upon a future FTA would be received with interest. Alternatively, you may wish to raise more general issues associated with the impact of a possible Australia-EU FTA on Australia.

The information stakeholders provide will assist the Government in determining Australia’s key priorities as we move towards an FTA negotiation with the EU.

Written submissions may take several forms — from a short email through to a more comprehensive analytical paper.

Submissions can be lodged through the following:

  • Email: a-eufta@dfat.gov.au
  • Mail:
    Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement
    Europe Division
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    RG Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent
    Barton ACT 0221

All submissions will be made publicly available on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise.

Submissions received

Last Updated: 4 April 2016

EU market snapshot

  • GDP: US$18.46 trillion (2014)
  • GDP per capita: US$36,317 (2014)
  • Population: 507.4 million (2015)
  • Trade with Australia: AU$83.9 billion (2014)
  • Exports to EU: $22.3 billion (2014)
  • Imports from EU: $61.7 billion (2014)
  • EU % of world trade (goods & services): 16.5% (2014)

Contact us

Email: a-eufta@dfat.gov.au

Mail:

Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement
Europe Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221