trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2018/october/tradoc_157468.pdf trade agreements also aim to remove quotas – restrictions on the amount of goods that can be traded. CETA was signed on October 21, 2017. The rates are in effect. CETA was the first of the new generation of trade agreements signed by the EU. Free trade agreements are a good example of a bilateral trade agreement. As part of a free trade policy, goods and services can be bought and sold across borders with reduced tariffs, quotas, subsidies or bans to impede their trade. The EU has free trade agreements with countries around the world. The European Union and Japan have signed the Economic Partnership Agreement, a comprehensive trade agreement including goods, services and investment, which eliminates tariffs, non-tariff barriers and other trade-related issues, such as public procurement, regulatory issues, competition and sustainable development. How do you trade with a country, when there is no trade agreement, when the UK leaves the EU The European Court of Justice has decided that the provisions of investor-state arbitration (including a special tribunal under certain free trade agreements) fall within the shared jurisdiction between the European Union and its Member States and that, for that reason, their ratification should be authorised by the EU and each of the 28 Member States.  Vietnam: on 30 June 2019, the EU and Vietnam signed a free trade agreement and an investment protection agreement in Hanoi. Germany is Vietnam`s largest trading partner in the EU and welcomes the signing of the agreement. The free trade agreement will facilitate access for German products to the growing Vietnamese market. Like the agreement with Singapore, the Investment Protection Agreement with Vietnam sets high and precise standards for investment protection and establishes a reformed dispute settlement procedure.
The European Parliament approved both agreements on 12 February 2020. The free trade agreement came into force on August 1, 2020. The investment protection agreement must be ratified by all EU member states before it enters into force. These large-scale agreements can take several years of detailed negotiations. The fourth EU Implementation Report (other languages), published in November 2020 and preceded by the preface by DG Commerce Director-General Sabine Weyand (other languages), provides an overview of the results achieved in 2019 and the remarkable work for the EU`s 36 main preferential trade agreements.