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Conflict Minerals Social & human rights

Conflict minerals: European Parliament trade committee endorses compromise deal with member states

After eighteen months of back-and-forth between European institutions, a compromise text over a planned ‘conflict minerals’ regulation was endorsed in Parliament today (24 January 2017).   The compromise text was backed by 39 votes in favour. Two MEPs abstained.    The new regulation aims to curb the financing of armed groups in minerals-rich …

United States & TTIP

TTIP: EU proposal on engineering released

The 14th round of TTIP talks has seen a record number of proposal documents on finance, energy, chemicals and others, made available yesterday by the Commission. The EU’s text on regulatory cooperation in engineering has joined the fray today (15 July 2016).    The proposal covers technical requirements, conformity assessment procedures, and standards relating …

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 3)
Brexit & UK trade Brexit comment In-depth briefings

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 3)

This post is continued from Part 2. United Kingdom FTAs post Brexit   Many in the UK’s ‘Leave’ camp have argued Britain would be free to negotiate free trade agreements with emerging markets like China, with the United States and with Commonwealth countries.   One of the reasons the ‘Leave’ …

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 2)
Brexit & UK trade Brexit comment In-depth briefings

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 2)

  This post is continued from Part 1. Defining the UK’s status quo in the WTO   Except in the unlikely above ‘customs union’ scenario, Britain will need to define a new trade policy strategy.   This involves defining economic policy priorities, and clarifying current commitments in the WTO, especially …