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“A progressive EU-New Zealand agreement will show how trade can contribute to our shared values”, says Iratxe García at meeting with PM Jacinda Arden


30 Jun 2022


Global Europe

Today the leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Iratxe García MEP, met Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. They discussed the global crisis created by the Russian attack against Ukraine and how global cooperation between democracies is needed to protect a global order based on international law and human rights.

Iratxe García said:

“Jacinda is an inspiring world leader who shows how progressive politics can improve citizens’ lives without leaving anyone behind. At this critical moment internationally, it is more crucial than ever to strengthen cooperation with like-minded partners to preserve multilateralism and a rules-based international order. This is why a progressive trade agreement between the EU and New Zealand will certainly be excellent news.

“It would show how trade can contribute to defending our shared values. It can be the opportunity to integrate the new Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapters that the European Commission just announced.

“An ambitious agreement could lead the way for others to come, including high standards and a robust, sustainable development chapter with clear commitments on indigenous communities, gender equality and climate, providing real benefits for people and businesses.”


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