Following the signing of the New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and the resumption of bilateral relations between the Australian Government and France, Australia-EU FTA negotiations have resumed.
It is anticipated these negotiations will be completed in the next 12-18 months. Negotiations on wine related issues are still proceeding in parallel to the main FTA discussions but will be finalised as part of the overall package.
The European Commission have proposed dates for two virtual meetings in September and an in-person meeting in Brussels in November. Prosecco remains a key issue of contention.
We have also met with the Department of Agriculture around the next round of negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement with India. We are seeking a lowering of the minimum export price for wine as well as progress on technical cooperation.