EU postpones free trade talks with Australia for second time in wake of simmering multibillion-dollar submarine deal row

Posted On: Nov 29, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

EU postpones free trade talks with Australia for second time in wake of simmering multibillion-dollar submarine deal row

The European Union has postponed its trade negotiations with Australia for the second time a month after Canberra decided to ditch a deal with France for nuclear-powered submarines in favor of that with the US and the UK.
This time the talks have been delayed until February 2022, Australia's Trade Minister Dan Tehan said. The talks that were initially planned for October were already postponed earlier this month and were at that time re-scheduled for November.
"The European Union have advised the Australian government that Round 12 of the FTA negotiations will now take place in February," Tehan told Reuters. The EU Commission, which over sees the bloc's trade, did not confirm the new date but limited itself to saying that resumption of the talks was no longer scheduled for November.
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