European Union – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement

Come along to our free event for the opportunity to hear from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on negotiations for a European Union-New Zealand free trade agreement, and other trade negotiations.
  • Find out what the European Union – New Zealand free trade agreement will mean for New Zealanders and where negotiations are at.
  • Get an update on other trade agreements under negotiation or consideration.
  • Ask questions, share your views, and hear what others are thinking.

The presentation will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers, and networking and refreshment.

Our shared history and values make the European Union (made up of 28 member states) is a close and like-minded partner for New Zealand. A modern free trade agreement with the EU is a chance to deepen that partnership, deliver significant economic gains, and agree on high standards in areas that New Zealanders care about, like the environment and labour standards. Information on the EU-NZ FTA can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website here.


Barney Riley: Lead Negotiator, Trade Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade 

Barney is currently a Lead Negotiator in the MFAT’s Trade and Economic Group, responsible for New Zealand’s trade negotiations with China and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Since 2001Barney has worked on a wide range of issues at MFAT, from trade negotiations to climate change and international law.  Previous appointments include postings to the New Zealand embassies in Tehran and Geneva, and Ambassador to Egypt in 2014-2018 (where he was also non-resident Ambassador to Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, and Tunisia, and New Zealand Representative to Palestine).

John Riley, Unit Manager, Trade Policy Engagement Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs &Trade

John heads the newly-established Trade Policy Engagement Unit tasked with helping the government respond to New Zealanders’ concerns and interests on trade agreements.  Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2000, John’s assignments have included a four-year stint within the Trade Negotiations Division where he worked on tariff negotiations both in the context of Non-agricultural Market Access in the WTO Doha Round and several of New Zealand’s FTAs.  He has also completed a diplomatic posting in London and two postings in Seoul.  John speaks Te Reo Maori and Korean fluently.


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