China LatAm & Caribbean South Asia & ASEAN United States & TTIP

Reminder: Key take-aways of Council (Trade) on 27 November

The Council’s foreign affairs trade branch met for an intense meeting on trade issues. Key take-aways:   TTIP/Transparency: Member state parliamentarians will now receive access to consolidated TTIP texts (i.e. with US views) in EU capitals. This has been a key demand of the German Bundestag. “There will be reading …

China Energy & Environment EU trade policy Trade defence

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 …

South Asia & ASEAN

EU Vietnam FTA receives broad endorsement in Parliament as Commission announces report on how deal could contribute to human rights improvements

A debate in the plenary session of the European Parliament on Monday revealed that many MEPs broadly endorse a free trade deal concluded last summer and expected to be signed next week.   Signature could be delayed over a variety of remaining concerns, not least civil society and MEP questions …