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Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia
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Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia

This week, the the policy churn in Brussels will mainly be about what to do about Donald Trump’s trade policies. Some progress might be made when the EU and Mexico sit down for another negotiating round aimed at updating their trade deal, and European lawmakers in Strasbourg will vote on a …

Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan
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Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan

A decision by the EU to slap safeguards on foreign steel would have severe repercussions in Taiwan, whose exports of the alloy to the US are already subject to 25% duties, says Taiwan’s top trade negotiator. Without an exemption from the US tariffs – something Taiwan has tried and failed to …

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A week in Brussels: Culture goods, procurement, Sri Lanka

This week was comparatively quiet. It was Easter, after all.   There’s been some movement on the wider global trade war front. Don’t forget to read up on our two articles here and here. The headlines of these articles’ may say ‘China’ or ‘Japan’, but the pieces include a lot …

EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO
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EU palm oil plans crop up in WTO

On Monday, seven World Trade Organization members raised concerns about the EU’s new Renewable Energy Directive during a goods committee meeting.   In January, the European Parliament voted to ban palm oil from the bloc’s targets for consumption of renewable energy for transport by 2021, in a shift away from earlier …

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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 …