In its follow-up to the implementation of the EU-South Korea free trade agreement, the Commission noted last year that more than 35% of European businesses exporting to South Korea do not apply for the preferential treatment (reduction in customs duties and other benefits) to which they are entitled. This is usually the result of a lack of information on the benefits and advantages allowed under the agreement.
And yet it is these economic advantages which make it possible, among other things, to stimulate the growth and competitiveness of our businesses.
Will the Commission state:
|—||What measures have been taken since this figure was published, and how many firms now benefit from the privileged treatment permitted by the agreement with South Korea?|
|—||More broadly, what measures it proposes to put in place to notify European businesses of the advantages to which they are entitled under trade agreements between the EU and third countries?|
|—||Whether an appropriate communication strategy and specific support measures have been implemented for SMEs to enable them, too, to benefit from the advantages under trade agreements?|