LatAm & Caribbean

Malmström asks Council to fast-forward Ecuador FTA decision
Agriculture LatAm & Caribbean

Malmström asks Council to fast-forward Ecuador FTA decision

Commissioner Malmström is trying to accelerate the ratification of Ecuador’s planned accession to the 2012 free trade agreement between the EU and Peru and Colombia by asking the member states to fast track their decision. The move was made ahead of a visit to Brussels by Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas and its Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador Juan Carlos …

Asia EU FTAs & bilateral ties LatAm & Caribbean SSAfrica

Parliament report: EU trade deals increase money laundering risk

A new research report commissioned by the European Parliament argues that free trade agreements increase the risk of money laundering.   The report, Commissioned after the Panama Papers affair this spring, says that EU free trade agreements with emerging markets such as South Africa, Chile, Mexico, Central America, or South Korea …

EU trade policy LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

In brief: De Gucht takes job at Arcelor Mittal; Commission expected not to table beef and ethanol in tariff offer exchange with Mercosur next week

Today is a relatively quiet day on the trade front in Europe as the catholic parts of Europe are having a holiday and nothing is going on in Brussels. Two bits of news for today:   L’Echo, the Belgian French-language newspaper, reports that former EU trade commissioner, Karel de Gucht, …

LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

EU agriculture chief Hogan says Mercosur will need to “moderate its expectations” in coming trade talks

A backlash against the relaunch of EU Mercosur negotiations from the agricultural sector is most likely to led the Commission to revise its initial tariff offer to Mercosur. The body is scheduled to exchange it with the South American bloc in May. After concerns raised by member state agriculture ministries …