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The next INTA meeting: 24 September 2014

Next meeting of the Committee on International Trade will take place on Wednesday 24 September from 9.00-12.30 and 15.00-18.30 in the room Altiero Spinelli 3E-2 in Brussels.
See below the highlights of the meeting.

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Exchange of views on Ecuador joining the EU Trade Agreement with Peru/Colombia

End of July, a political agreement was reached between the EU and Ecuadorians negotiators on Ecuador joining the multi-party Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Peru/Colombia. Before entering into force, this trade agreement needs to be submitted for consent to the European Parliament. The Commission will brief Members of the Committee on International Trade on the result of the negotiations and discuss future steps for its entry into force.

Exchange of views on EU-Russia trade sanctions

INTA will hold an exchange of views focusing on the EU/Russia trade relations with the special focus on the impact of the mutual sanctions introduced last summer, on the EU market. The EU adopted economic restrictions against Russia which targeted Russian state-owned banks, imposed an arms embargo and restricted sales of sensitive technology and equipment for the Russia's oil industry. In retaliation, Russia imposed sanctions targeting imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food originating from the EU. These mutual sanctions are already having a negative effect on the EU producers and, should they persist, they could have a longer-lasting impact on growth and jobs.

World Trade Organisation at a critical juncture- exchange of views with EU Ambassador

For the first time in its almost 20-year history, the WTO succeeded in concluding a mulitlateral agreement at the ninth Ministerial Conference in Indonesia in December 2013. The EU Ambassador to the WTO, Angelos Pangratis, will come to the Committee on International Trade for an exchange of views on the current state of play and future prospects for concluding the remainder of what is known as the Doha Development Agenda, which was launched in 2001.

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The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

AFET INTA AGRI 04-09-2014 - 17:47  

The EU's response to the crisis in Ukraine was in the spotlight at Parliament this week, following President Schulz's warning to EU leaders last Saturday of the dangers of escalation and his plea for a political solution to the crisis. He called on the EU to play a more ambitious international role and said it must give Ukraine the financial and political help needed to remain a unified and independent country.

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Committee responsible for matters relating to the establishment, implementation and monitoring of the Union’s common commercial policy and its external economic relations, in particular:
1. financial, economic and trade relations with third countries and regional organisations;
2. the common external tariff and trade facilitation as well as the external aspects of customs provisions and management;
3. the opening, monitoring, conclusion and follow-up of bilateral, multilateral and plurilateral trade agreements governing economic, trade and investment relations  with third countries and regional organisations;
4. measures of technical harmonisation or standardisation in fields covered by instruments of international law;
5. relations with the relevant international organisations and international fora on trade-related matters, and with organisations promoting regional economic and commercial integration outside the Union; 
6. relations with the WTO, including its parliamentary dimension.
The committee liaises with the relevant interparliamentary and ad hoc delegations for the economic and trade aspects of relations with third countries.
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Welcome to the website of the Committee on International Trade (INTA).
You will find the agendas and working documents of the Committee here, as well as additional information such as INTA newsletters, details on on-going reports and hearings.
Since the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the EP has a decisive role to play in the definition of the Union's trade policy and acts as its democratic conscience. This is of particular importance since trade legislation and international trade agreements can only be implemented with the agreement of the EP.
I trust that this website will serve as an efficient information source and research tool that allows European citizens to achieve a better understanding of INTA's work and proceedings, as well as of the Union's trade policy in general.
Thank you for your visit. Should you have any further questions about the Committee's work please contact the Secretariat.