Trade featured highly during the bi-annual EU Korea summit held in Seoul today. “The Leaders agreed that the full implementation of the FTA and increase in trade volume between the ROK and the EU is important, in order to bring the expected benefits to both sides in a balanced way”, …
This week, there is a new round of EU Japan free trade agreement talks, as well as a new round of Environmental Goods Agreement talks in Geneva. We will be covering these negotiations over the coming days. Cecilia Malmström is flying to Korea for a planned EU Korea summit …
Bloomberg reports that Sri Lanka will request the lifting of a 2010 suspension of European trade preferences.
Welcome back to work, trade folks! Iana Dreyer outlines what’s on the long to-do list of the European Union’s trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels.
(Updated on 04 Aug 2015 at 19.15) The EU and Vietnam have sealed a far-reaching bilateral free trade agreement that involves substantial reforms for Vietnam to implement but falls short of fully liberalising EU imports of Vietnamese agricultural products and imposes strict fabric sourcing rules for its textiles exporters. ID
EU – Japan free trade negotiations have been slowed down by Japan’s current focus on concluding the Transpacific Partnership. Yet they could be upgraded to include regulatory convergence similar to that pursued in TTIP, writes David Kleimann.
There is not much progress to report on major bilateral trade policy files at the EU China summit held yesterday in Brussels. But small steps were taken on upgrading an intellectual property dialogue and to pave the way for a deal on accelerated customs clearance. By Iana Dreyer.
Whether the EU Japan summit on 28 and 29 May will genuinely boost to faltering free trade talks remains uncertain, as the transpacific partnership trade negotiations with Washington Tokyo is involved in will take precedence. By Iana Dreyer.