European Commission | 28 April 2020
Report on the seventh round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and New Zealand
30 March – 9 April 2020
The seventh round of EU-New Zealand trade negotiations was held virtually, but covered all substantial areas. Originally scheduled to take one week, it was eventually extended by almost another week to enable more discussions and progress despite a significant time difference.
At the beginning of the round, Commissioner Hogan and Minister Parker, in a phone call, recalled the importance of trade for economic growth and recovery, and confirmed the shared objective to intensify efforts towards a swift conclusion of the negotiations. The negotiations concluded with an extensive negotiating session at Chief Negotiator level.
The round allowed making further progress across a range of areas. The list of key outcomes include, in particular, a constructive discussion on Geographical Indications (GIs) and provisional agreements on the substantive parts of the Customs and Trade Facilitation chapter and the Anti-fraud clause.