REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on Implementation of Free Trade Agreements 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 Add 1: COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Individual reports and info sheets on implementation of EU Free Trade Agreements Accompanying the Report
1. This document is an annual report on the implementation of EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and covers the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. It aims to provide an overview of progress towards and challenges associated with FTA implementation.
2. The main purpose of the report is to enable all those with a stake in EU trade policy, including EU Member States, civil society, business and the wider public, to scrutinise and debate the way in which FTAs are being implemented. The Commission is also seeking to make stakeholders aware of the potential benefits arising from FTAs and to find ways of helping business to make better use of them. The Commission emphasises its wish to discuss the report’s conclusions and its openness to debate on trade policy in general and on the FTAs in particular.
3. The report categorises the FTAs within its scope as follows:
a. New Generation FTAs (comprising agreements with Canada, South Korea, the Andean countries and Central America);
b. Deep and Comprehensive FTAs (comprising Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova);
c. First Generation FTAs (such as with Norway, Switzerland, Mexico and Chile);
d. Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.