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EU could join Canada in WTO dispute over US tariffs – but it likely won’t
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EU could join Canada in WTO dispute over US tariffs – but it likely won’t

When Canada lodged its sweeping case against US tariffs at the World Trade Organization last month, it cited almost 200 examples of alleged wrongdoing against trading partners including Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Brazil and India. Despite talk of an EU-US ‘trade war’, and although the complaint was filed in a …

Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners
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Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners

  The United Kingdom won’t be blocked from negotiating or renegotiating international trade agreements with third countries during the Brexit transition period, as long as it doesn’t start applying them before the end of that period, EU member states clarified today.   Although doing so is the British government’s formal …

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Week in Brussels – Japan first, Mercosur politics, investment screening

In Brussels, there is a lot of movement behind the scenes to try and finalise trade agreements with Mexico, Mercosur and Japan. Investment screening is climbing the policy priority list.   The EU lost a case in the World Trade Organization against Indonesia over dumping duties it applies against palm …

EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says
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EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says

European tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel are illegal, the World Trade Organization said today in a ruling that contains the same basic findings as in a similar WTO complaint lodged by Argentina. But the panel went even further, faulting the EU’s profit calculations and finding serious defects with the bloc’s export-price …

FTAs: How the EU is approaching the fight against corruption
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FTAs: How the EU is approaching the fight against corruption

Among trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström’s pledges in her 2015 ‘Trade for All’ strategy there is stepping up the fight against corruption. This promise is gradually being translated into action with new anti-corruption provisions foreseen in the coming updated EU Mexico Global Agreement and recently launched EU Chile Association Agreement upgrade. …

Chile negotiation mandate reveals EU ambitions on intellectual property, SPS, data
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Chile negotiation mandate reveals EU ambitions on intellectual property, SPS, data

EU member states are gradually accepting to exercise greater transparency in their joint trade policy making. The Council today released the negotiating mandate it gave the European Commission towards the modernisation of the 2002 EU-Chile Association Agreement, a very early move by member-state standards. The mandate itself reveals high EU …