The S&D Group supports strengthening EU-China relations based on a level playing field. Therefore we would like the EU-China commercial relations to be based on certain conditions.
The EU should speak with one voice. The EU impact of the EU commercial policy towards China is often undermined by diverging national interests pursued by the Member States. We privilege a single coherent approach towards China.
China often breaches IPRs legislation or its enforcement. Trade in counterfeit goods is not only a criminal activity but, most importantly, it may seriously affect consumers' health (for instance fake medicines) or the environment (chemicals).
Our groups requires the EU to closely work with China to properly implement and enforce IPRs laws.