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Thursday, 21 January 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Opening of FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand (debate)

  Jacqueline Foster (ECR). Madam President, as Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand, I welcome the opportunity to have this debate and the positive news that talks are now under way with a view to concluding these trade agreements with both Australia and New Zealand. These discussions are long overdue and too often spurious, and protectionist reasons are used by some Member States and parliamentarians in this House to prevent progress, as we have heard today. At one stage these countries were even challenged on their human rights record, which is quite disgraceful. It should be remembered that thousands of members of the armed forces of these countries lost their lives during the 20th century liberating this continent and therefore, Commissioner, I now expect these talks to move forward quickly and these FTAs to be concluded as quickly as possible. This is a win-win situation and there will be benefits on both sides.

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