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Tuesday, 6 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Announcement of voting results

  Jörgen Warborn, rapporteur. – Madam President, so this is the yearly report on the implementation of the common commercial policy. The European Parliament wrote the latest report of this kind in 2018 but it did not write one last year because of the European elections. I therefore focus on the recent developments in the two last years and I look to the future, because this is also the input to the Commission’s trade policy review and to the incoming Trade Commissioner.

The report covers ongoing negotiations, implementation of free trade agreements, WTO issues, relations with the US, China, the UK and other important partners, as well as SMEs, trade and sustainable developments and digital trade and services. This report is also our response to the COVID-19 crisis. My main message here is that of European competitiveness, that this is not the time for protectionism. The response to a decline in trade due to the crisis shouldn’t be political control of companies’ value chains. Instead, rules-based free trade is even more important now and we must diversify our value chains, not shorten them.

This is the way forward to secure our resilience, supply and growth, and trade agreements play an important role in this. And we need to remove trade barriers. Export restrictions on the internal market are unacceptable; so are those to third countries.

In the last few years, we have closed trade deals with Canada, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. We need to finish deals with Mercosur, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, to mention a few. We must resolve trade disputes with the US, no matter who sits in the White House and we need the US by our side, not least to handle unfair competition from China, and we need close ties to the UK.

With this report we, the European Parliament, take our position for the future. We push back protectionism and pave the way for a competitive Europe. I would like to thank the shadows and all the advisers that have worked on this report.

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