EU Free Trade Deal next on Key’s agenda

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and NZ Prime Minister John Key during a previous visit in 2013 (Reuters)
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and NZ Prime Minister John Key during a previous visit in 2013 (Reuters)

Following the deal reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the Government has its sights set on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union.

Prime Minister John Key will next week head to Marrakech, Brussels and London for a number of official engagements and FTA will be on the cards.

Mr Key will meet with European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.

"In March 2014 the EU signalled its openness to look more closely at our trade and economic relationship, including New Zealand as a potential FTA partner.  My visit to Brussels provides the opportunity to progress those discussions and agree on next steps."

He says two-way trade between the EU and New Zealand totals more than $19.5 billion.

Before his Brussels visit, he will be in Marrakech where he will chair a meeting of the executive committee of the International Democrat Union.

He will also have a number of meetings in London including a private dinner with UK Prime Minister David Cameron as well as an audience with Queen Elizabeth.

Mr Key will also be at a number of other events to support New Zealand's trade and tourism and will be at All Blacks Tests in the latter stages of the Rugby World Cup.

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