On July 15, the Spain Asean Business Association (ASEMPEA) held its last Webinar of the early season on «EU Trade Policy and Free Trade Agreements in Southeast Asia». On this occasion the Webinar was presented and moderated by Mr. Antonio Viñal, Secretary-General of Asempea and Director of Avco Legal, and counted on Mr. Jochen Müeller, Deputy Director of the EU Mission in Madrid, as speaker.

Mr. Müeller made a complete and exhaustive analysis of the Free Trade Agreements with Singapore -that entered into force last November 21, 2019- and Vietnam -that will enter into force next August 1-. Through these Treatises, important tariff barriers will gradually be eliminated, thus making these countries more attractive for European and Spanish companies alike.

In addition to tariff barriers, Mr. Müeller examined non-tariff barriers, industrial property rights, access to service sector, public tenders and dispute settlement systems. He concluded by saying that the next Treaty of the so-called New Generation Agreements is being negotiated with Indonesia.

Through the following link it is possible to get access to the Webinar’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsStqb9RleE

This Webinar closed a first cycle of events that started with the interventions of the Ambassadors of Spain to the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia and the Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain. Next September Asempea will resume its activities in order to give a more concrete vision of the Asean countries and in particular the business opportunities they offer to Spanish companies.