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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 …

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 …

China LatAm & Caribbean South Asia & ASEAN Ukraine, Russia & CIS United States & TTIP WTO & Plurilaterals

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. …

China South Asia & ASEAN

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 …