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Environmental Impact Assessment of a Norwegian-Chinese Free Trade Agreement

Miljøkonsekvensutredning av handelsavtale mellom Norge og Kina> Informasjon på norsk

The final report of the project, Environmental Impacts of a Free Trade Agreement between China and Norway, was published in January 2012.

A team of Chinese researchers has contributed a report on Chinese perspectives on the negotiations, as well as a proposed list of environmental goods.

The report from the project's inception phase can be downloaded here.


China and Norway are negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) based on a Memorandum of Understanding and a Feasibility Study (2008). The environmental impact assessment is intended to contribute to a better understanding of environmental impacts of the China-Norway FTA and to suggest mitigation measures to reduce negative environmental impacts and recommendations to enhance positive environmental impacts.

The expected outcomes of the negotiations has been set out in the Feasibility Study as follows:

"A possible FTA between China and Norway would be expected to eliminate tariffs on substantially all the trade between the two countries and addressing non-tariff measures, while taking into account sensitivities on both sides. … Further liberalisation of trade in services between the two countries should be aimed at creating mutual beneficial and tailor made solutions for China and Norway. In relation to investment, the future FTA between China and Norway would result in greater transparency of regulations and laws that affect both direct and portfolio foreign investments, more liberalised regimes which will facilitate investments in each country, and a more stable policy framework for investors."

The project has been carried out by Vista Analysis and Fridtjof Nansen Institute and was divided into an inception phase and an analytical phase.

The assessment has been commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment.
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