Trade Agreements

Large economic areas benefit from trade agreements
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In 2015, the Commission proposed a new trade and investment strategy for the European Union strenghtening the transatlantic partnership. CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) has been completed and TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is currently under negotiation.

Technical barriers to trade can be eliminated in the short or medium term. However, systemic differences can only be harmonized in the long term. For decades, each trading partner has developed its own substantial and legal product standards. In order to agree on the same terms in product safety, the trading partners have to apply international standards (e.g. ISO) or recognize the respective partners’ standards. A mutual recognition of conformity assessment bodies are the key factor for the removal of non-tariff barriers to trade.


The trade initiative between the EU and Canada as a role model agreement


Towards a more integrated transatlantic marketplace


VdTÜV Position: Successfully shaping European trade policy

Why “legal harmonisation” and “mutual recognition” cannot be the best solutions for the removal of trade barriers between the EU and other states in the short or medium term. VdTÜV proposes a different, more pragmatic approach: Bilateral or Multilateral Conformity Assessments - they would ease trading significantly within the framework of trade agreements.

VdTÜV Position: CETA – Single-source product testing facilitates market access

CETA setting new standards for modern free trade agreements

VdTÜV Position: Limits and opportunities in TTIP with respect to medical devices

Recognise European CE marking for medical devices on the US market