Negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and the NCB began in June 2018. Negotiators virtually met for a ninth round that ended in early December 2020. Read more Click here To learn more about the EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Decision No 2/2003 (2003/747/EC) of the EC-Andorra Joint Committee of 8 Decision No. 1/2001 of the CE-Faroe Islands Joint Committee of 31 October 2003 on the implementation of the Protocol on Veterinary Issues complementing the agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra was signed on 15 May 2001/127/EC. On 10 November 2015, the European Commission announced that technical changes had recently been made to the EU-New Zealand agreement on health measures for live animals and animal products, complementing the agreement between the European Community and the Government of Denmark and the Government of the Faroe Islands on 10 November 2015. Some of the new main features are (i) improved equivalency provisions, including EU standards for raw dairy products, (ii) mutual recognition of microbiological controls and chemical testing standards for seafood; (iii) setting trading conditions for disease outbreaks, (iv) reducing rates of physical product control; (v) the resumption of exports of fresh pork to New Zealand and (vi) the simplification of certification requirements and the transition to electronic certification in 2016. It is hoped that the changes to the veterinary agreement will lead to further trade opportunities while reducing costs for exporters. The signing of a veterinary agreement between the UK and New Zealand will ensure the safety of farmers and exporters, says Sam McIvor, CEO of Beef-Lamb New Zealand. The agreements will ensure that New Zealand`s agreements with the UNITED Kingdom were to continue when it was part of the EU. For more details on the veterinary agreement and the mutual recognition agreement, click here (external link).
Council decision (1997/345/EC) of 17 February 1997 on the conclusion of a protocol on veterinary issues complementing the agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra, which is due to enter into force at the end of the transitional period. They will ensure that New Zealand`s current agreements with the United Kingdom continue as a result of similar agreements previously concluded between New Zealand and the EU. (Read a statement with more details on the veterinary agreement and the mutual recognition agreement. A trade agreement between the EU and the UK (currently under negotiation) could mitigate some of the effects of the QRR splitting proposal. But that will depend on the terms of the agreement and whether it will be successfully negotiated before the end of 2020. Sam McIvor, CEO of B-LNZ, said New Zealand is one of the UK`s oldest and most important trading partners and that signing the agreement will provide security for farmers and exporters.