International trade - Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne’s participation in the Trade Policy Follow-Up Committee (Paris, 13 Jan. 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, convened, on January 13, the Trade Policy Follow-Up Committee, a forum that brings together parliamentarians, professional associations, unions and NGOs involved in monitoring issues related to international trade agreements.

On this occasion, the minister of state reaffirmed France’s trade priorities, a few weeks after the inauguration of the new European institutions. He took stock of the trade tensions seen at the global level and their consequences for the EU, underscoring the support measures planned for the French firms affected. The discussions in progress at the European level relating to WTO modernization, as well as the challenges related to Brexit, notably France’s priorities with respect to the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom, were also discussed.

During this committee meeting, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne also reported on the status of trade talks with the U.S. and current negotiations on commercial agreements. With regard to progress on the action plan adopted on October 25, 2017, by the government in conjunction with the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (AECG/CETA) with Canada, he emphasized that two of its top priorities – developing a carbon inclusion mechanism, or carbon border tax, and making compliance with the Paris Agreement a key clause in EU agreements – were included by the European Commission in the European Green Deal it proposed in December 2019.

The meeting featured an in-depth discussion on defense and the promotion of French economic interests with a very large panel of professionals working on commercial subjects and on French and EU commercial priorities, in particular the consideration of health challenges and sustainable development in trade agreements signed by the EU and its international partners.