The EU has established the largest network of regional preferential agreements on any continent, with a number of agreements with third countries every decade. The EU`s trade policy initially focused on its neighbourhood and historical development partners and marked a strategic turning point in 2006, when negotiations were started with emerging countries such as India, Russia, South Korea and the Andean countries, as well as Mercosur. The EU`s trade policy has recently diversified, with agreements being negotiated with industrialised countries: Canada, soon Japan and perhaps the United States. Nevertheless, a number of negotiations are still ongoing with emerging countries, in particular with the ASEAN (Association of SouthEast Asian Nations) countries (Malasia, Thailand, Vietnam); Negotiations are concluded with Singapore), as well as with India and Mercosur (Southern Common Market). This policy has led to the recent signing of several agreements: Colombia, Peru and South Korea; Association Agreement with the countries of Central America. Note: any customs union, common market, economic union, customs and monetary union, economic and monetary union is also a free trade area. An agreement on investment protection between the EU and Singapore, based on the new European investment protection model, was also negotiated and signed. It will only enter into force once it has been ratified by the EU and all its Member States. The government supports a balanced trade policy that guarantees French companies` access to foreign markets, but preserves collective sensitivities and preferences and promotes compliance with the Paris Agreement. Afghanistan has concluded bilateral agreements with the following countries and blocs: France ensures that the agreements do not weaken the sectors and are in line with agricultural policy at European level. The EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement eliminates almost 99% of all import duties on products originating in the EU or South Korea1 and makes importing and exporting easier and cheaper.
It has been in effect since 2011 and all it takes is a simple explanation that is added to the commercial invoice. EU exports to South Korea increased by 77% between 2010 and 2018, with European companies using duty-free access to the lucrative South Korean market.2 In order to ensure access to the markets of our main trading partners and given the slow pace of multilateral negotiations in the WTO, many countries and regional groupings are negotiating and implementing liberalised trade agreements on a bilateral basis. . . .