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The European Union Free Trade Agreement Legislation Amendment Bill

The European Union Free Trade Agreement Legislation Amendment Act 2024 received Royal assent on 25 March. The Act enables New Zealand to implement its obligations under the FTA and is necessary to bring the FTA into force. The Act will commence on the same date that the NZ-EU FTA enters into force.

Watch a public meeting held by MFAT covering the ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement between the EU and New Zealand.

Watch the public event with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and the Minister for Trade and Export Growth, David Parker.


We have released under the Official Information Act (OIA) a number of text proposals tabled by New Zealand to date in the EU-New Zealand free trade agreement (NZ-EU FTA) negotiations.

OIA released New Zealand text proposals in NZ-EU FTA.

These documents are:

  • Good Regulatory Practice and Regulatory Cooperation;
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures;
  • Treaty of Waitangi exception; and
  • Competition and Consumer Protection.

Please note that the Competition and Consumer Protection text contains comments on a previously agreed EU text (which was part of its final agreement with Chile). New Zealand's initial negotiating proposal is the text set out in black and red only.

The NZ-EU FTA Subsidies negotiating text is withheld under section 9(2)(j) of the Official Information Act 1982(external link), to avoid prejudice to other negotiations. We will keep the question of its public release under review.

In other chapter areas, negotiations are based on texts tabled by the EU. Initial negotiating texts can be viewed on the EU Commission's website(external link).


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