L’UE sta mettendo a punto un quadro generale per garantire coerenza nell’inclusione delle misure di salvaguardia negli accordi di libero scambio.

La presidenza ha raggiunto oggi un accordo provvisorio. L’accordo sarà ora presentato per approvazione politica da parte degli ambasciatori dell’UE.

Le misure di protezione bilaterali connesse agli accordi commerciali mirano a proteggere una determinata industria nazionale da un aumento delle importazioni di qualsiasi prodotto che provoca o rischia di provocare gravi danni a tale industria.

“L’UE sta portando avanti un’ambiziosa agenda commerciale: siamo stati in grado di fornire una protezione più efficace e coerente dal mercato dell’UE contro il nostro settore”.
Margarete Schramböck, ministro federale austriaco per gli affari digitali ed economici e presidente del Consiglio

Clausole di salvaguardia bilaterali o altri meccanismi per il ritiro temporaneo delle preferenze tariffarie o del trattamento preferenziale. Il meccanismo di salvaguardia bilaterale è stato proposto separatamente insieme a ciascun accordo commerciale.

In questa fase, il regolamento riguarda l’attuazione degli accordi di libero scambio UE-Giappone, UE-Singapore e UE-Vietnam. Ulteriori accordi commerciali potrebbero essere aggiunti al campo di applicazione del regolamento mediante atti delegati.

Prossimi passi:
L’accordo sarà inoltrato agli ambasciatori dell’UE per approvazione a nome del Consiglio. Il Parlamento e il Consiglio saranno chiamati ad adottare il regolamento proposto in prima lettura.

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Free trade agreements: political deal reached on systematic inclusion of safeguard measures

The EU is putting in place an overall framework for ensuring consistency in the inclusion of safeguard measures in free trade agreements.

The Presidency today reached a provisional agreement with European Parliament representatives on a proposal to streamline the inclusion of safeguard measures in trade agreements so that they will be applied effectively and consistently. The agreement will now be submitted for political endorsement by EU ambassadors.

Bilateral safeguard measures linked to trade agreements (allowing for the temporary withdrawal of tariff preferences) are intended to protect a particular domestic industry from an increase in imports of any product which is causing, or which risks causing, serious injury to that industry.

“The EU is delivering on an ambitious trade agenda: we recently signed free trade agreements with Japan and Singapore. But ambition must be matched by prudence. This regulation will enable us to provide more effective and consistent protection of the EU market from any specific threat against our industry.”
Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs and President of the Council

The EU regularly concludes trade agreements with third countries, most of which include bilateral safeguard clauses or other mechanisms for the temporary withdrawal of tariff preferences or preferential treatment. Up to now, the bilateral safeguard mechanism has been proposed separately in conjunction with each trade agreement.

At this stage, the regulation covers the implementation of the EU-Japan, EU-Singapore and EU-Vietnam free trade agreements. Further trade agreements might be added to the scope of the regulation by means of delegated acts.

Next steps:

The agreement will be submitted to EU ambassadors for endorsement on behalf of the Council, following technical finalisation of the text. Parliament and Council will then be called on to adopt the proposed regulation at first reading.

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