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Project Background

Launched in June 2004, the EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP) is a trade-related technical assistance project jointly-funded by the European Commission and the government of the People's Republic of China. The EUCTP's overall aim is to support China's integration into the world trading system, with emphasis placed on World Trade Organisation (WTO)-related reform. The EUCTP provides expertise and funding to cooperation activities that enhance China's capacity at trade-related policy development and regulatory issues, and primarily benefits Chinese government institutions. The PRC Ministry of Commerce is the EUCTP's main executing authority.

Over its five-year implementation period, EUCTP will focus on the following six areas:

1. Customs Import/Export Regulatory System
2. Agriculture and Agro-food
3. Technical Barriers to Trade/Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
4. Trade in Services
5. Legal and Legislative Aspects of Domestic Implementation
6. Transparency and Policy Development

To learn more about each of these areas, please click on the components shown on the left-hand side of the page.

Project Objectives

With the overall objective to support China’s further integration into the world trading system, the EUCTP is the largest project of its kind in China, as well as the EU's largest trade-related technical assistance project globally, highlighting the importance attributed by the EU to developing聽its strategic partnership with China.

The EUCTP assists the Chinese government in implementing its obligations under and commitments in the WTO, with emphasis on building China’s capacity to conduct the wider economic, regulatory, legal and administrative reforms necessary for further trade liberalisation in order to promote economic development.

Specific objectives of the EUCTP are:

·聽聽 聽聽聽聽 to support the development and adjustment of the legal and regulatory framework related to the implementation of WTO rules and obligations and specific commitments by China;

·聽聽 聽聽聽聽 to support the development of more transparent administrative and regulatory practices in China in accordance with WTO rules and commitments notably on the basis of EU experience;

·聽聽 聽聽聽聽 to support the capacity of China to participate in the WTO notably in ongoing negotiations;

·聽聽 聽聽聽 聽to strengthen administrative structures and build capacities in order both to facilitate compliance with WTO requirements and to benefit China’s overall economic reform process;

·聽聽 聽聽聽聽 to support development of China’s institutional and organisational capacity to prepare and to enact suitable trade legislation and implementation measures;

·聽聽 聽聽聽 聽to support the development of specialised knowledge of, and capacity development in, international integration issues in China;

·聽聽 聽聽聽 聽to transfer know-how from the EU in international integration issues notably by supporting existing and future EU China sectoral regulatory and technical dialogues;

·聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 and generally to provide China with a competent institutional and instrumental endowment of skills and resources to address the above concerns through capacity building, policy and technical advice.

For more details on EUCTP's specific areas of work, please see our individual components pages by clicking on the left-hand side of this page.