We want a free trade agreement with the European Union as soon as possible.

  • October 2015: EU and NZ leaders announce intention to negotiate FTA
  • 2015-2017: Joint discussions on the scope of negotiations
  • 2017-2018: Both sides get their mandate for negotiations
  • June 2018:  Formal negotiations launched
  • July 2018: First round of negotiations, Brussels
  • October 2018: Second round of negotiations, Wellington
  • January 2019: EU and NZ leaders aim to complete negotiations by end of 2019
  • February 2019: Third round of negotiations, Brussels
  • May 2019: Fourth round of negotiations, Wellington
  • July 2019: Fifth round of negotiations, Brussels
  • December 2019: Sixth round of negotiations, Wellington
  • March 2020: Seventh round of negotiations, Brussels

With shared views in many areas of trade policy, it is hoped that we can reach conclusion on a high-quality and ambitious agreement quickly.

Once an agreement is reached, it will be released for public scrutiny, as will a National Interest Assessment.

The agreement will also undergo parliamentary treaty examination, be ratified by the Government and ultimately enter into force.