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EU Ukraine DCFTA vs Eurasian customs union: flexibilities on technical standards implementation in sight
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU Ukraine DCFTA vs Eurasian customs union: flexibilities on technical standards implementation in sight

[sh_light_text ]During a summit in Minsk this week German Chancellor Angela Merkel provoked an outcry when she told Russian President Vladimir Putin that she wouldn’t raise objections if Ukraine decided to join the Eurasian Union, the regional economic and political project championed by Moscow. Commentators in Europe have seen this …

CETA: Regulated professions empowered to mutually recognise qualifications
Bilateral Mobility

CETA: Regulated professions empowered to mutually recognise qualifications

[sh_light_text ]Much has been written this summer on the investor-to-state dispute settlement provisions in the Canada EU free trade deal (CETA). Whereas the media has been fixated on this specific controversy, the trade community seems to have missed out on one very interesting development for EU trade policy: for the first time, a Canadian lawyer, …

Column: 10 headline figures – EU-Russia economics and trade this summer
Disputes & TDI Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Column: 10 headline figures – EU-Russia economics and trade this summer

By Iana Dreyer   This has been a sad summer for Europe. The fact that holiday pleasures for those who enjoyed some were dampened by bad weather turns out to be a minor inconvenience in a season overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine, the political unravellings in the Middle East, and bad news for the economy in Eurozone’s core economies, including …

EPAs can be a boon for Africa if crafted properly, International Trade Centre’s Gonzalez says
Bilateral SSAfrica

EPAs can be a boon for Africa if crafted properly, International Trade Centre’s Gonzalez says

Last week, 18 West African countries inked the first  Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union (EU). Four more EPAs are expected to be signed in Africa. The negotiations process was long and the EU has been criticised for not handling African’s sensitivities properly.   In an interview with Borderlex’s …

Blog: Western African EPA – painful birth
Bilateral

Blog: Western African EPA – painful birth

The first full regional Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and sub-Saharan Africa is set to come into force, as sixteen West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo),  decided last week to implement an agreement …

Comment: Not going ballistic – Why Russia won’t start a trade war with Ukraine this time round
Non classé Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Comment: Not going ballistic – Why Russia won’t start a trade war with Ukraine this time round

[sh_light_text ]High-level officials from the European Union (EU), Ukraine and Russia are holding a ‘trilateral’ meeting in Brussels today. They plan to address Russia’s commercial concerns about the impact the free trade deal (DCFTA) Brussels and Kiev signed in late June might have on its trade with Ukraine. Ukraine and …