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In brief: Argentina wants “living” EU Mercosur agreement

Argentina’s foreign minister Susana Malcorra reiterated Argentina’s wish to see the recently re-launched EU-Mercosur free trade negotiations finalised in 2017 during a trip to Brussels on Thursday  (20 April 2017).    Mauricio Macri’s government wants to send a strong pro-market and pro-trade signal to the world. Buenos Aires will be the location of …

Opinion: EU Trump-era FTA-turbo-charge rings hollow
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Opinion: EU Trump-era FTA-turbo-charge rings hollow

Current Brussels talk about turbo-charging bilateral free trade negotiations rings hollow. In 2017, less is more, opines Iana Dreyer.   EU member state trade ministers met in sunny Valletta, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta, the country that holds the rotating presidency, on Friday (3 March 2017). The …

LatAm & Caribbean Trade defence WTO disputes

EU asks for ‘reasonable period of time’ to implement Argentina WTO ruling

The EU was rebuffed by the WTO’s Appellate Body, which upheld a dispute panel ruling stating that the EU’s antidumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina were illegal.   The Appellate Body criticised the way the EU calculates and construes input costs for the products under investigation. The matter …

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Trump factor: Commission also sees opportunity to advance own trade agenda

Trade professionals in Brussels are shocked and depressed following the victory of trade-sceptic Donald Trump in the US elections. The flagship but fledgling transatlantic TTIP is seen as frozen, or dead, at least for the time being. But some also see opportunity in this dire situation.   The Transpacific Partnership Agreement …