UAE and European Union discuss strengthening bilateral relations

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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UAE and EU bilateral ties
Officials during the meeting | Courtesy: WAM

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, has led a delegation of senior officials and business leaders to Brussels, Belgium, to strengthen economic ties and promote investment opportunities with Belgium and the wider European Union (EU).

During the visit, Dr. Al Zeyoudi held a bilateral meeting with Mr. Vladis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner of Trade, where he discussed growing trade relations with the EU in addition to sharing updates on preparations for the World Trade Organization’s 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) which will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2024.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi also held talks with Mr. Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Employment, and Ms. Hadja Lahbib, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, in which they outlined opportunities for further joint economic cooperation in priority sectors.

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Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
UAE Minister of State Foreign Trade

“The visit marks an important continuation of longstanding trade relations shared with the EU. The EU is one of the UAE’s largest trading partners with whom we have recorded strong growth over recent years. We see great importance in strengthening our economic ties with the EU, especially in high-potential sectors such as digital trade, eCommerce, and innovation where we are actively working to promote collaboration. Our meetings reinforce the UAE’s belief that by working together, we can create a mutually prosperous future for our businesses and citizens, and I look forward to ongoing engagement with the EU moving forward.”

As per the reports, “Non-oil bilateral trade between the UAE and EU amounted to $56 billion in 2022, achieving growth of 9.3 percent compared to the same period in 2021. Non-oil trade value grew by 28.6 percent and 14.7 percent over the same period in 2020 and 2019, respectively.”

The UAE delegation also took part in a technical workshop held in Brussels that explored the scope of the EU’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

The workshop provided critical details on compliance, data requirements, and the implementation timeline of the CBAM, according to the statement.

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