The proposed European and Australian Free Trade Agreement: And the importance for small and medium-sized enterprises

Leon Trakman, Robert Walters, Bruno Zeller

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Abstract

This chapter investigates how Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can assist the small and medium-sized enterprise sector (SME) to benefit from reduced tariffs and opening overseas markets. It identifies the importance of SMEs when negotiating the proposed European Union Australian Free Trade Agreement (EU-Australian FTA) which commenced in 1995 when the EU and Australia agreed on a political framework to establish an FTA. This chapter argues how promoting SME trade emanating from Australia into the EU can strengthen economic ties with the EU and benefit Australian SMEs and that, just as the single EU market has benefitted SME’s across member states, Australian SMEs can benefit significantly through an EU-Australian free trade agreement that encourages and stimulates bilateral SME trade.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean yearbook of international economic law 2017
EditorsMarc Bungenberg, Markus Krajewski, Christian Tams, Jorg Philipp Terhechte, Andreas R. Ziegler
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages491-511
ISBN (Electronic)9783319588322
ISBN (Print)9783319588315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameEuropean Yearbook of International Economic Law
PublisherSpringer
Volume8
ISSN (Print)2364-8392
ISSN (Electronic)2364-8406

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