LatAm & Caribbean

LatAm & Caribbean Trade defence WTO disputes

EU challenges Colombia in WTO over spirits monopolies and taxation

The EU has filed a request for consultations with Colombia in the WTO’s dispute settlement body over what it believes is discriminatory treatment of European spirits in local markets. The move was welcomed by various spirits associations in the EU.   The Scottisch Whisky Association (SWA) stated: “the industry struggles …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties India LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur Philippines South Asia & ASEAN

New EU FTA moves underway: Philippines, India, Mercosur

Another ASEAN milestone   The EU and the Philippines have now officialised their wish to enter into free trade agreement talks, after initial exploratory discussions were finalised. A first round of negotiations is scheduled in “the first half of 2016”, the Commission announced.   The Philippines, a member of the …

China LatAm & Caribbean South Asia & ASEAN United States & TTIP

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 …

LatAm & Caribbean

Ecuador: EP votes in favour of Ecuador resolution that delays it joining EU FTA with Peru/Colombia

MEPs voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of requesting further clarifications on the social and human rights dimension and on planned safeguard provisions  on banana imports in a free trade deal between the EU and Ecuador inked late December (Borderlex PRO 26/11 2015) involving it joining an existing deal …

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. …