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European Parliament report on metals calls for more trade protection

The European Parliament debated at length a report by French MEP Edouard Martin (S&D), a former Arcelor Mittal worker, on Developing a sustainable European industry of base metals. The text calls for support to help the industry become competitive again, including through investment in innovation and research. The overall tone …

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The trade agenda in EU: last weeks before end 2015

China   On top of EU decision-makers’ minds is China. The EU will need to decide mid December whether to extend the two-year old price arrangement over imports of solar panels and how to handle imports of Chinese steel as the sector clamours for protection amidst a steep price fall. …

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Germany favours China market economy status   Berlin is favourable to granting China market economy status – under certain conditions. The issue of granting China market economy status by late next year ahead of a WTO deadline is a burning and divisive on one in Europe as member states remain …

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Beijing signals unhappiness over EU Taiwan BIT plans as Xi UK visit said to foretell coming EU China relations

The new EU trade strategy Trade for All announced on 14 October was noted among others for the Commission’s official readiness to launch bilateral investment treaty negotiations with Taiwan once its own BIT negotiations with mainland China, launched in 2013, are finalised. It did not take long for Beijing to …