The Market Access Strategy and its implementation Global Europe: a stronger partnership to deliver market access for EU exporters. 25 June 2008 Martin Pilser, European Commission, DG Trade - Market Access Unit Czech Business Representation, Brussels. PART 1.
25 June 2008
European Commission, DG Trade - Market Access Unit
Czech Business Representation, Brussels
Market Access as part of the Global Europe Strategy
The Commission’s April 2007 Communication
“Global Europe: A Stronger Partnership to Deliver Market Access for European Exporters”
– Renewing the 1996 EU Market Access Strategy
- Key part of the Global Europe Strategy of October 2006
- Behind the border barriers
- NTB’s due to failure to implement and enforce rules
- NTB’s not yet covered by WTO rules
- Externalevaluation study
- Public consultation on internet
The barriers faced by EU exporters can be categorized in the following way:
1. Tariff barriers. Although these have been eroded by successive multilateral trade rounds, high tariffs still pose problems for EU exporters.
2. Burdensome customs procedures for import, export and transit as well as unfair or discriminatory tax rules and practices.
3. Technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures that are not in line with WTO rules on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement).
4. Misuse of sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures that are not justified on health and safety grounds within existing WTO rules.
5. Restrictions on access to raw materials, particularly restrictive export practices, including export taxes, which drive up prices for products such as hides and skins, key mineral and metal goods as well as dual pricing practices.
6. Poor protection of intellectual property rights including geographical indications and the lack of proper implementation and enforcement.
7. Barriers to trade inservices and foreign direct investment such as unjustified foreign ownership caps, joint venture obligations and discriminatory treatment.
8. Restrictive government procurement rules and practices that prevent EU companies from bidding effectively for public contracts in third countries.
9. Abusive and/or WTO-incompatible use oftrade defence instruments by third countries.
10. Unfair use ofstate aids and other subsidies by third countries in a way that constitutes market access barriers.
PART 2 Access
Implementing theMarket Access Partnership
Market Access Partnership
Market Access Access
Link it to the MAAC
Close organisational linkbetween the two Committees. Overlapping in terms of subjectsand participation from MS. Meetings to be held ‘back to back’.Without Business and other
Examples:- Vaccines Japan- Medical devices (China, India, etc)- SPS (China)
Network of MA experts Access
facilitated by TRADE Market Access Unit (G.1)
Steering Group MA Partnership
Sectors TRADE (Industry, Services
Textiles, steel etc)
(FTAs: Korea, India
(TBT, SPS, DSU,
sectorial and horizontal
EU business federations
In third countries
a. use of existing infrastructure of regular commercial counsellors meetings or
b. stand alone MA team as working groups in specific issues
Market Access Database Access
Market Access Partnership
Market Access Database
Link to other databases
The MADB Complaints Register Access
Key areas of activity: - Participation of all actors- Support working groups and MA teams to use their
full potential- Focus on Small and Medium Enterprises- New areas – services, intellectual property, investment and public procurement