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EU FTA roundup – Negotiations, ratifications, mandates

EU free trade negotiations, ratifications  and mandate releases have been on the slow lane recently compared to other trade policy files, as President Donald Trump and Brexit grab headlines and policymakers’ attention. Here’s an overview of where we are on the various files.   Mercosur   EU-Mercosur FTA negotiations are …

Beyond Brussels: Don’t get your hopes up about Indian mini-ministerial
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Beyond Brussels: Don’t get your hopes up about Indian mini-ministerial

Almost all of the more than 50 World Trade Organization members that India invited to next week’s “mini-ministerial” plan to attend, but the two-day meeting is expected to accomplish little to tackle problems that have dogged the WTO for years.   India decided to hold the informal gathering after the …

ASEAN: An afterthought in EU trade policy?
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ASEAN: An afterthought in EU trade policy?

There’s about one year to go before its top leadership gets renewed. Yet the European Commission risks missing out on the early harvest it reaped in its free trade agreement negotiations with ASEAN members in the first years of this legislature, writes Iana Dreyer.   The EU’s executive is trying …

Brexit Notes: Withdrawal nitty-gritty, Japan wants EU FTA rollover
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Brexit Notes: Withdrawal nitty-gritty, Japan wants EU FTA rollover

There’s been a tremendous amount of media hoo-hah about the EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland in the draft Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement terms released today in Brussels. Here some highlights of the 119-page text relevant for trade policy wonks that are less visible in the media. Also, Tokyo explicitly said …

Comment: Member states prop up trade policy as foreign affairs, climate instrument
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Comment: Member states prop up trade policy as foreign affairs, climate instrument

Foreign affairs ministers met today in Sofia to take decisions on a variety of difficult foreign affairs files. The picture isn’t rosy, with Syria, Venezuela or Myanmar on top of leaders’ agenda. The Foreign Affairs Council also devised a few new conclusions on the EU’s climate diplomacy.   The use …

Week ahead in EU trade: Foreign affairs council, EU-ASEAN, Article 50, WTO
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Week ahead in EU trade: Foreign affairs council, EU-ASEAN, Article 50, WTO

EU trade ministers are meeting in Bulgaria. The EU-ASEAN Business Summit and ASEAN Economic Ministers’ meeting will focus on trade and investment ties between the two regions. More details below:   Foreign Affairs Council Trade   EU trade ministers will have two main issues in mind at a meeting that …

Mercosur in German NGO limelight
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Mercosur in German NGO limelight

The EU is in the final stages of free trade negotiations with the South American bloc Mercosur. It is readying for the adoption of a new trade agreement with Japan and Vietnam. Anti trade agreement campaign groups have recently stepped up their activities to fight these agreements.   A joint …

Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal
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Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal

There are clear signals from member states that the EU-Singapore free trade agreement, concluded in 2015, is on track to be ratified in the coming months. MEP Sorin Moisa shares his views with Borderlex’s editor Iana Dreyer on why and how the accord could and should be ratified.   Where …