A Free Trade Agreement between UE and New Zealand can be possible

The European Union and New Zealand are starting negotiations for the establishment of a Free Trade Agreement. On the basis of what has emerged in recent days by the joint statement of the President of the European Commission Junker, President of the European Parliament Tusk and New Zealand Prime Minister Key, the agreement will be ambitious and aimed at strengthening even more the commercial relationship between the parties.

Given the large production of milk of New Zealand (representing 3.2% of world production), for the dairy sector the agreement can bring benefits to our export only under certain conditions, such as the absolute need to ensure adequate and effective level of protection to Geographical Indications.  The Scoping Paper signed by EU Commissioner Malmstrom and the New Zealand Minister of Trade McClay, states the importance of the recognition and protection of Geographical Indications.

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