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EU trade policy United States & TTIP

EPP chief Manfred Weber calls on Netherlands Presidency to make progress on TTIP, trade

After the Netherland’s Prime Minister presented his priorities for his country’s EU presidency in the coming six months in today’s Plenary meeting the centre-right EPP group’s chief Manfred Weber called on Mark Rutte to prioritise the transatlantic TTIP and TiSA negotiations. “We need this agreement”, referring to TTIP.   The …

China Trade defence WTO disputes

WTO appellate body rebuffs EU over implementation of ruling on China antidumping case. Retaliation in sight.

The ruling is likely to inflame the debate over the future of China’s market economy status.   On 18 January 2016, the WTO’s appellate body upheld a dispute settlement body ruling chiding the EU over its implementation of a 2012 ruling on measures imposed against iron or steel fasteners from …

Turkey & Med


EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Turkish Europe Minister Volkan Boazkir met on the sidelines of a Foreign Affairs Council on 15 January. On the table are the scale of Turkey’s involvement in the TTIP process as member of a customs union with the EU and the planned upgrade of …