The agreement also provides for tariff concessions for both agricultural commodities and processed agricultural products in the bilateral annexes VIII to X of the agreement. Specific provisions to facilitate trade in fish and other seafood are contained in a separate annex of the trade chapter (Annex V). The agreement contains provisions to remove export duties, but the Philippines has maintained the possibility of these tariffs for the protocols, as indicated in Schedule IV. Ensuring better access for EU exporters to the dynamic ASEAN market is an EU priority. Negotiations for a trade and investment agreement between the region and ASEAN began in 2007 and were interrupted by mutual agreement in 2009 to relax a bilateral negotiating format. The parties recognize that economic development, social development and environmental protection are interdependent. In Chapter 11, they reaffirm their commitment to multilateral contracts and principles in the environment and work and commit to a level of protection by recognizing the right of each party to set its own level of environmental and labour protection. Arbitration procedures do not apply to this chapter. It describes the bilateral and multilateral trade agreements to which that country belongs, including with the United States.

Includes websites and other resources that allow U.S. companies to get more information about how they can use these agreements. For more information on the EU-Philippines trade and investment negotiations, including eu-proposed and report texts Intellectual property rights protection provisions (Chapter 8 and Appendix XVIII) include, among other things, trademarks, copyrights, patents and geographical indications, and contain provisions relating to the application of intellectual property rights and cooperation between the parties. These provisions are based on the WTO agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) and provide for a high level of protection, taking into account the principles of the most favoured nation and national treatment. The agreement contains detailed provisions on trade facilitation (Annex VI), including some more WTO provisions. The provisions are open, among other things, to preliminary decisions and limit the possibility of new fees and taxes. The Investment Chapter (Chapter 7) establishes a requirement for contracting parties to authorize the investments of other contracting parties in accordance with their laws and regulations. It also expresses the intention of the parties to offer investors from other parties stable, non-discriminatory and transparent investment conditions and stresses the importance of investment promotion. In addition, the parties recognize that it is inappropriate to encourage investment by relaxing health, safety and environmental standards. Finally, the chapter provides for a review of investment issues within five years of the agreement`s entry into force, taking into account the treatment of non-party parties in other free trade agreements.