EU FTAs & bilateral ties

United States & TTIP

12th round of TTIP talks open in Brussels amidst protests and prospects of topics being dropped

This week negotiators from both sides of the Atlantic are meeting in Brussels to advance negotiations on TTIP. The focus of this week’s talks will be market access in goods and services, investment protection (including the EU’s investment court proposal) and regulatory cooperation. Public procurement talks were postponed to early …

Australia & New Zealand

EU New Zealand/Australia: Trade committee does not mention investment protection in draft resolution on FTAs

The European Parliament’s trade committee is drafting a resolution on the planned EU Australia and EU New Zealand free trade agreements that already highlights the key challenges the negotiations are likely to face.   The draft paper was circulated one day after meetings between New Zealand’s Trade Minister Todd McClay …

China Trade defence

China responds to EU anti market economy status protests by calling for dialogue and respect of WTO obligations

In a long op-ed published with the EU Observer in the aftermath of Monday’s protests in Brussels against the notion of granting Chinese imports market economy treatment in antidumping proceedings, China’s Ambassador to the EU Yang Yanyi warned about caving in to protectionist pressures in the EU.   “The protectionist …

China Trade defence

Commission’s MES mitigating measures would be “cherry-picking on the Parliament’s report on TDI reform” – EP Rapporteur

The three options the Commission presented early February to stakeholders (See Borderlex PRO 2 & 10 February 2016) on how it could handle the issue of offering China market economy treatment – China MES – in its antidumping law as of December 2016 are raising questions whether such a move …