Launch of the new book, "Potential Benefits of an Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement: Key Issues and Options”, edited by Jane Drake-Brockman and Patrick Messerlin.*
Six months into the negotiations of the EU-Australia FTA, and in the midst of very turbulent times for trade policy, we take stock of the issues and options in an increasingly important and complex area in trade negotiations: Services.
The new book (available for free download from the University of Adelaide Press) brings attention to a number of areas important for the EU-Australia relationship from practically every perspective of 21st century trade policy, from agriculture to e-commerce.
This seminar, organised with the Australian Services Roundtable, the European Services Forum and the Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide, focuses on services and covers topics, such as:
- Can we expect the EU and Australia to go beyond their ambitions on services in prior FTAs?
- What are the potential limits set by the EU Single Market and current EU politics?
- What is the significance of privacy and data flows for services trade?
- Does Brexit have an impact on services and other aspects of this FTA?
* This book results from research undertaken by the EU Centre for Global Affairs, Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide, with support from the EU External Action Service.
Moderator: Laura Tingle, Senior ABC Journalist and Political Correspondent.
Introductory remarks: Hon Simon Crean, European Australia Business Council and former Australian Minister for Trade.
Editor’s overview on the role of services in the EU-Australia FTA: Jane Drake-Brockman, Industry Professor, Institute for International Trade and Chair of the Board, Australian Services Roundtable.
Contributing author presentations and discussions: “Professional Services” by Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum; and “E-commerce and Digital trade” by Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE.
Opening Discussant: Juliana Nam, Australian Delegation to the EU.
Concluding Remarks: His Excellency Dr Michael Pulch, Ambassador of the EU to Australia.