EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement

European Court says States should decide on ISDS

On 16 May 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued the long-awaited landmark Opinion 2/15 on the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA). According to the CJEU, the agreement falls under the EU’s powers, but not entirely. EU Member States’ national and regional parliaments and the European Parliament must ratify some important provisions regarding investors, particularly ISDS.

EU-Aus trade agreement on the cards

23 February 2016: The Australian Government has begun discussions with the European Union towards an EU-Australia free trade agreement. 

At this stage negotiations are not expected to start until next year. Since Brexit, there are also plans for a possible separate FTA with Britain.

We will be keeping an eye on this as it progresses - be sure to keep checking our website for all the latest information.