On 12 April 2016, FTA Director General, Christian Ewert led an FTA International Trade Policy delegation to the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg for high-level meetings with Members of the European Parliament. The issues discussed covered the recent EU-Vietnam free trade agreement and its potential ratification in 2017, granting of Market Economy Status at the WTO to China, trade and sustainability in the Asia-Pacific Region along with customs harmonisation and sanctions. The objective of the delegation was to meet with all relevant political groups in the Parliament in order to enable FTA to successfully contribute to policy formulation in the Parliament and have an impact on future decisions.
Meetings conducted were with senior MEPs and Political Advisors from foremost political groups; the European Conservatives & Reformists (ECR), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the Group of the European People’s Party, which is currently the largest political group in the EP.
The meetings in Strasbourg were timely since the issues raised will be high on the agenda of the EP in the coming months. FTA sees this regular exchange of views with the EP of high importance as all decisions relevant to trade policy require consent from both the EP and the Council of the EU.