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Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Blog: Ukraine – EU, waiting for the free trade deal sign-off

This week was marked by contradictory headlines from Ukraine. The newly elected president, Europe-friendly Petro Poroshenko, asked for a delay before signing the long-planned Association Agreement with the EU, which involves a “deep and comprehensive ” free trade deal (DCFTA), and towards which negotiations were finalised in 2012.  Other statements from Ukraine followed saying Kyiv was ready …

Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) planned as political bloc according to Kazakh official
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) planned as political bloc according to Kazakh official

[sh_light_text ]This Friday, Russia – the European Union (EU)’s third largest trading partner – is due to sign a treaty that creates an Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) with Kazakhstan and Belarus. The treaty will come into effect on January 1, 2015 and builds on the customs union between the three countries, in force since 2010. Now-ousted Ukrainian President Yanukovich’s refusal …

Disputes & TDI Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Analysis: Antidumping duties on EU vehicles: competitive pressures in the Russian car market

The EU requested a WTO dispute settlement consultation on Russia’s antidumping duties. The move was announced yesterday. The case reveals several interesting facts about Russia’s economy and car sector.   The rising number of dispute settlement cases at the WTO initiated by both the EU and Russia is often perceived as geopolitical. Indeed, the case coincides …

News update: Russia tests the waters of WTO dispute settlement with EU complaints
Disputes & TDI Ukraine, Russia & CIS

News update: Russia tests the waters of WTO dispute settlement with EU complaints

[sh_light_text ]Less than two years after becoming a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO),  Russia has filed two complaints with its dispute settlement body in Geneva that target the European Union, Russia’s main trading partner. These complaints concern antidumping duties and a package of EU laws that govern the …

EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations – ways out of the looming impasse?
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EU-Africa Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations – ways out of the looming impasse?

[sh_light_text ]Europe’s drive to conclude the long-standing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with sub-Saharan Africa could fail. Its bargaining position is weakening visibly as an economically dynamic African continent is being courted by China, India, Brazil and the United States. This complicates the already complex relationships with partners who still …

Analysis: EU-India free trade agreement: can it be revived?
Bilateral Mobility Services

Analysis: EU-India free trade agreement: can it be revived?

[sh_light_text ]Despite talks of a potential revival of the stalled Europe-India free trade negotiations after the general elections in India this month, its chances remain very low. Blockages in India’s investment policy and the European Union’s reluctance to open its doors to Indian professionals in the information technology sector will be hard …

EU’s backing for China to join TiSA talks ups ante at next week’s negotiating round
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EU’s backing for China to join TiSA talks ups ante at next week’s negotiating round

[sh_light_text ]The European Union’s support for China to join negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) intensifies pressure on the US, which has opposed letting Beijing to participate in the plurilateral talks to liberalise the services trade. China’s involvement, along with initial market-access offers from TiSA participants, will be …