Ref. Ares(2016)2467734 - 27/05/2016
Ref. Ares(2018)6630700 - 21/12/2018
NYMAN Jon (CAB-MALMSTROM); [Art. 4(1)(b)]
Cabinet meeting with EBCA, 25 May 2016
The Cabinet (J. Nyman) and DG trade services
EBCA on 25 May 2016.
In relation with RoO, EBCA raised the question whether in the post-Nairobi context there
are further reflections on the possibility to simplify and relax the preferential RoO. The
Commission pointed out that Nairobi gives an important step in the direction of
simplification and relaxation mainly in the case of textiles and clothing for LDCs. It
explained that further engagements in the FTAs negotiations were very difficult
considering also that the discussions on non-preferential RoO were in a halt.
out of scope
With regard to Indonesia, EBCA conveyed its interest in forthcoming FTA negotiations
with Indonesia, but drew attention to persisting – and increasing- trade barriers and
asked how the Commission intends to deal with this situation in the current context.
In particular, it highlighted SNI (Indonesia's standards) for baby clothing, testing,
licensing and import procedures which are lengthy and cumbersome.
EBCA also pointed to unsolved issue of cumbersome imports and restricted port access
for batik patterned fabric, as well as to a new issue concerning import restrictions on
wood made products and interior, which are stopped at the border.
The Commission conveyed that it is aware of the current difficulties which do not
exclusively affect the textile sector. It considers FTA negotiations as a challenging
exercise, but under the proactive and visionary Indonesian political leadership it also sees
it as an unique opportunity to open negotiations and gain access to Indonesia's market
and tackle, inter alia, existing trade barriers. The long list of protectionist measures
gives the EU some leverage in negotiations. The Commission continues to raise these
issues bilaterally and in multilateral fora.
VISA by Jon Nyman
Unit C2 “South and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand”