The EU is mulling simplifying the rules of origin of its free trade agreements and opening up TTIP to third countries. ID. //
EU – Japan free trade negotiations have been slowed down by Japan’s current focus on concluding the Transpacific Partnership. Yet they could be upgraded to include regulatory convergence similar to that pursued in TTIP, writes David Kleimann.
There is not much progress to report on major bilateral trade policy files at the EU China summit held yesterday in Brussels. But small steps were taken on upgrading an intellectual property dialogue and to pave the way for a deal on accelerated customs clearance. By Iana Dreyer.
Kazakhstan’s imminent WTO accession paves the way for closer political relations with the EU and could help ease tensions with the Eurasian Economic Union. Iana Dreyer in Brussels.
France’s attitude so far towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has puzzled observers. Despite the country’s well-known and entrenched scepticism of free trade and globalisation, it is not France, but the big trading nation Germany, that has become the focal point of opposition to TTIP in Europe. But while Paris has been cautious on …
Whether the EU Japan summit on 28 and 29 May will genuinely boost to faltering free trade talks remains uncertain, as the transpacific partnership trade negotiations with Washington Tokyo is involved in will take precedence. By Iana Dreyer.
The Riga Eastern Partnership summit to be held on May 21 and 22 is set to dampen hopes of deeper ties of the EU’s most fervently europhile Eastern Partners. We’ve seen the draft conclusions of the event. Extensive details with BNE Intellinews, selected take-aways below.
Ahead of important EU meetings this week, namely the Riga Summit with Eastern partners and a new round of trade talks with Morocco, here a long-read on why one of the cornerstones of the EU’s neighbourhood policy overhaul – to limit migration – is flawed economically, politically, and morally. The text explains why the EU must be much …