Here you will find an overview of the existing free trade agreements concluded by the EU. Firstly, the Commission reaffirms its strong and pro-trade policy, underpinned by the following economic reality. That the EU is the largest exporter of agricultural and food products, with exports of €129 billion in 2015. These export performance has been boosted by the EU`s agricultural policy, technological progress and trade policy. The European Commission estimates that 90% of the additional food demand will be generated outside the EU over the next decade. The Commission therefore hopes to continue to support free trade agreements. The framework for the EU`s relations with Ukraine is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which entered into force in 1998. In 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed the Anti-Social Agreement, which had been in preparation since 2008 and aims both to replace the existing Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and to create a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. The political role of the agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 November 2014, as it falls within the competence of the EU alone.
The part of the agreement that provides for a free trade agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2016 – even though the EU has exclusive implementing power. In 2019, bilateral trade between Germany and Vietnam amounted to around €14 billion. The stock of German direct investment in Vietnam amounted to around €840 million in 2017. More than 300 German companies are currently present in the Vietnamese market. On this page you will find information on Germany`s participation in the WTO. Since 1. Member of the WTO since 1 October 1951. It is a Member State of the European Union (more info). All EU Member States are members of the WTO, as is the EU (officially known as the European Communities at the WTO for legal reasons until 30 November 2009).
The TISA (= Agreement on Trade in Services) is being developed as a plurilateral agreement on trade in services. The main objective is to improve market access for foreign services and to give new impetus to the largely stalled negotiations on a multilateral trading system. The EU and the German government believe that the new rules to facilitate trade in services should be adopted at a later stage at WTO level. The EU negotiates TISA with 23 WTO member states, which account for around 70% of global trade in services. Malaysia: Negotiations on the establishment of a free trade agreement between the EU and Malaysia started in October 2010. Negotiations have stalled since the end of the 7th round in 2012. The European Commission is working to revive these talks. The final point to note is that the Commission realistically limits the benefits and limitations of free trade agreements by asking the question: `The central question of this study is: do trade agreements create trade or does the EU only conclude agreements where trade increases anyway?` Germany is part of the EU`s Harmonised Trading System and imports and exports are covered by the EU`s Tax and Customs Union. With 83.2 million inhabitants, Germany is the largest consumer market in the European Union.
The importance of the German market goes far beyond its borders. Some of the world`s largest trade events such as MEDICA, Hannover Messe, Automechanika and ITB Tourism Fair are engaged in a huge volume of trade in Germany, note that most of the trade shows for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The volume of trade, the number of consumers and the geographical location of Germany in the center of the European Union make it a cornerstone around which many American companies want to build their European and global expansion strategies. The EU recently published a detailed report on the impact of EU trade agreements on the agricultural sector. According to the Commission, the document will be published in the context of growing protectionism within the EU and its main trading partners. .