EU FTAs & bilateral ties

China

New European Parliament Report on China

Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution on EU-China relations. The report issues recommendations on all areas of cooperation, including foreign policy.   In the area of commercial policy, the report calls for the introduction of a “fully-fledged sustainable development chapter to be included in the bilateral investment treaty under …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

NGO FIDH calls on EU to tackle human rights with Vietnam in aftermath of EU Vietnam FTA

“In its rush to conclude negotiations for a free trade agreement with Vietnam, the EU has not only neglected to conduct a human rights impact assessment but also failed to demand an end to Hanoi’s ongoing rights violations”, FIDH President Karim Lahidji said in a statement ahead of a Human …

EGA Turkey & Med

Other

The EU and Turkey have opened Chapter 17 – Economic and Monetary Affairs – in Turkey’s EU accession process.   The Environmental Goods Agreement talks get a nod in Nairobi as DG Azevedo welcomes “considerable progress” in the talks in an official announcement. Australia’s trade minister Andrew Robb, as representative …

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Morocco: Council to appeal Court of Justice ruling on trade deal, to request transition measures

The regular EU Morocco Association Council meeting held on 14 December 2015 in Brussels was overshadowed by the Court of Justice of the EU’s annulment a few days before of a 2012 preferential trade agreement on agricultural exports and on fisheries benefitting the North African kingdom.   The Court’s verdict …

CETA Germany United States & TTIP

Germany’s centre-left party chief and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel sees party support dented over TTIP, CETA

The annual three-day party convention of the SPD, Chancellor Merkel’s junior coalition partner in government, turned out to be bruising for Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s current Vice Chancellor and economics minister.   Part of the left-wing fraction of the party criticised Gabriel for supporting TTIP and CETA, and for toeing the …

United States & TTIP WTO & Plurilaterals

USTR Froman is in Brussels to take stock of TTIP negotiations, talk WTO issues

The US top trade diplomat Michael Froman is in Europe and spending time in Brussels to take stock of the difficult transatlantic trade negotiations. His counterpart Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said WTO issues and the coming Nairobi Ministerial next week are also on the agenda of their meeting as both sides …

ECJ EU FTAs & bilateral ties Turkey & Med

CJUE annuls commercial deal with Morocco because of it covers Western Saharan products

A Court of Justice of the EU ruling annulled a 2012 agreement between the EU and Morocco offering the latter preferential market access to the EU in agricultural goods and fisheries products on the grounds that it included the Western Saharan territory Morocco has claims on. Morocco’s claims are not …