Free trade deal likely between Australia and the EU

Image: Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb (Mayur Patel/Flickr)

While the G20 summit of world leaders in Antalya, Turkey has been overshadowed by discussions on national security following the attacks on Paris and Beirut, it hasn’t prevented trade minister Andrew Robb from kick-starting negotiations for a new free trade agreement with the European Union. The European Commission will need to seek authorisation from the 28 member countries before bilateral negotiations can commence, but EU President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed in a joint statement at the summit that they want initial discussions to start as soon as possible.

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