EU FTAs & bilateral ties

South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

EU Vietnam FTA receives broad endorsement in Parliament as Commission announces report on how deal could contribute to human rights improvements

A debate in the plenary session of the European Parliament on Monday revealed that many MEPs broadly endorse a free trade deal concluded last summer and expected to be signed next week.   Signature could be delayed over a variety of remaining concerns, not least civil society and MEP questions …

China LatAm & Caribbean South Asia & ASEAN Ukraine, Russia & CIS United States & TTIP WTO & Plurilaterals

The trade agenda in EU: last weeks before end 2015

China   On top of EU decision-makers’ minds is China. The EU will need to decide mid December whether to extend the two-year old price arrangement over imports of solar panels and how to handle imports of Chinese steel as the sector clamours for protection amidst a steep price fall. …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Russia/Ukraine: Jean-Claude Juncker offers Putin cooperation with EEU if Minsk implemented as Russia announces full food embargo on Ukraine on 1 January 2016

This week EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker wrote a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin offering him cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union under the condition that the February 2015 ceasefire agreement be simultaneously implemented. Moscow has announced that it was planning to enforce a full embargo on exports of …

United States & TTIP

Think tank corner

TTIP and investment: an appellate mechanism as compromise between EU and US?   The EU’s new template investment protection system released in September 2015 after an acrimonious debate over international investment arbitration will not likely gain much traction. The proposal was tabled to the US as part of TTIP and …