Firstly, the Commission reaffirms its strong and pro-trade policy, which is underpinned by the following economic reality. That the EU is the largest exporter of agri-food products, with exports of 129 billion euros in 2015. These export results were determined by EU agricultural policy, technological progress and trade policy. Over the next ten years, the European Commission estimates that 90% of the additional food demand will be produced outside the EU. The Commission therefore expects it to continue its support for free trade agreements. The EU is currently negotiating and signing free trade agreements at an increasing rate. However, knowledge about business behaviour and its use of free trade agreements is lacking. This generates many hypotheses and assertions that spread in literature and in political discourse. There are a number of negotiations with countries in the hope that a future free trade agreement can be concluded. Australia, New Zealand and Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) On 22 May 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on how to negotiate and conclude trade agreements. The EU has preferential trade agreements with around 70 countries around the world.
 These countries account for almost 32% of the EU`s foreign trade.  A study showed that trade agreements implemented by the EU during the period 1993-2013 “reduced quality-adjusted prices by almost 7%.”  The EU also enters into non-preferential trade agreements under broader agreements such as Partnership and Cooperation Agreements (CPAs). Fact sheets, Vietnamese trade in your city, texts of agreements, stories of exporters The EU has trade agreements with these countries/regions, but both sides are now negotiating an update.  trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1933 The EU has just published an in-depth review of “the impact of EU trade agreements on the agricultural sector”. The document is published, in its own words, in a context of growing protectionism within the EU and its main trading partners.