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Vilsack sees mutual recognition of equivalence as possible way out for TTIP agricultural talks on SPS/GIs

During his visit in Brussels on 30 November and 1 December US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talked TTIP with the Commission, lobby groups, and the European Parliament.   During a hearing with Europe’s legislative body, Vilsack said: “We think there are benefits to both the United States and to …

Bilateral In-depth briefings Japan United States & TTIP

Monthly briefing: EU & public procurement: FTAs, TTIP and EU-Japan

In October 2015, European Union and United States trade negotiators started discussing government procurement in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for the first time in two years of talks. Both sides aim to exchange market access offers before February 2016. Public procurement is one of the most contentious …

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 …

ISDS ICS United States & TTIP

German small business group supports new Commission investment proposal, criticises clamp-down on intra EU ISDS

In a newsletter to its members, the German association of Mittelstand companies, the DIHK welcomed the EU Commission’s TTIP proposal for an investment court, hailing in particular its new provisions in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises.   “Investment protection serves precisely the protection of small and medium-sized enterprises, which …

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. …

United States & TTIP

Think tank corner

TTIP and investment: an appellate mechanism as compromise between EU and US?   The EU’s new template investment protection system released in September 2015 after an acrimonious debate over international investment arbitration will not likely gain much traction. The proposal was tabled to the US as part of TTIP and …

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In the news

Israeli settlement product labelling   The EU has published guidelines for labelling of agricultural goods and cosmetics produced in Israeli settlements. Such measures already exist in individual EU member states. Now they will be applied EU-wide. The move “corresponds to the wish of the Parliament for a while”, Bernd Lange …