Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, meets today in Brussels Valdis Drombovskis, European Commissioner for Trade, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Market Interior, Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, and Virginijus Sinkevicius, European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.
This visit is part of the preparation for the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2022 and the regular dialogue between France and the European Commission, in particular on trade policy issues.
The Minister Delegate will discuss transatlantic relations with his interlocutors following on from the EU-United States summit on June 15, which facilitated the resumption of transatlantic trade relations, in particular with the resolution of the Airbus / Boeing dispute and the creation of a Trade Council. and US-EU technology.
Mr. Riester will reiterate France’s overall support for the new trade strategy presented by the European Commission in February, the objective of which is to provide balanced responses to the challenges posed by the health crisis, trade tensions and the environmental emergency. and climate.
He and his interlocutors will review the trade agreements under negotiation. On this occasion, he will underline the need for a perfect match between the EU’s trade agenda and the imperatives of sustainable development, the fight against climate change, in particular the inclusion of the Paris Agreement as a crucial element of these agreements, and the respect of ambitious standards. He will notably reaffirm France’s position on the EU-Mercosur agreement, which cannot be ratified as it stands, as well as our full support for the signing of the EU-Mexico Association Agreement.
Aligning our trade policy with our sustainable development objectives also means developing autonomous European instruments such as the carbon border adjustment mechanism and the legislative initiative on the fight against imported deforestation. In order to better protect our companies and our jobs against unfair and coercive practices, the Minister Delegate will advocate for the adoption of the Commission proposal to provide the EU with a tool to combat the distorting effects of foreign subsidies on the internal market and the formulation of a law on the duty of vigilance of companies. In particular, he will underline the importance for the EU of having an effective instrument to defend itself against coercion.
Finally, the Minister Delegate will underline French concerns about the new Russian trade barriers affecting champagne producers and will draw the attention of his interlocutors to the difficulty of supplying French and European industries with wood due to tensions on international markets.