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22nd EU-New Zealand IPM, February 2018, Wellington and Auckland

DANZ Delegation meeting Speaker Rt Hon Trevor Mallard in the Speaker's Lounge during 22nd Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between the European and New Zealand Parliaments in Wellington, New Zealand. DANZ Delegation meeting Speaker Rt Hon Trevor Mallard in the Speaker's Lounge during 22nd Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between the European and New Zealand Parliaments in Wellington, New Zealand.
Members of the European Parliament meet speaker RT Hon Trevor Mallard © Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives-New Zealand - Source: www.parliament.nz © Office of the Clerk - 2018
The 22nd EU-New Zealand Interparliamentary Meeting (IPM) was held in Wellington and Auckland from 13 to 15 February 2018. MEPs participating in the IPM were Ulrike Müller (Chair), Hannu Takkula, Monika Vana and Derek Vaughan.

MEPs were welcomed by the Right Honourable Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the House of Representatives. The delegation then met with the New Zealand - Europe Parliamentary Friendship Group (including Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs) and Members of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence Committee under the Chair of Simon O'Connor. MEPs also discussed the current state of the bilateral relationship - including the envisaged opening of negotiations for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement - during meetings with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with the New Zealand Business community and academics involved in bilateral relations. Given the importance of agricultural issues for the envisaged trade negotiations, MEPs i.a. also met the Minister for Primary Production and a representative of the country's most important (diary) exporter.

In general, discussions not only focused on the bilateral FTA, but also on the importance of the well-functioning of the multilateral trade system and of the global fight against climate change (where the recently announced and very ambitious climate goal presented by the new New Zealand's administration was a major topic). All in all, the mission confirmed the excellent state of the bilateral relationship and the importance of the values shared by both sides in a very challenging and fast changing international environment.