Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Member states initiate talks with Parliament over Ukraine trade preferences
Agriculture Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Member states initiate talks with Parliament over Ukraine trade preferences

EU ambassadors revised proposals to increase unilateral trade preferences to Ukraine today (6 June 2017), only a few days after the European Parliament voted to reduce the number of products covered by an offer made to Ukraine several months ago to complement the bilateral free trade agreement – DCFTA – that came into force …

European Parliament seeks roll-back of Ukraine trade preferences
Ukraine, Russia & CIS

European Parliament seeks roll-back of Ukraine trade preferences

The European Parliament adopted on Thursday (1 June 2017) a number of amendments watering down a Commission proposal to grant unilateral trade preferences to Ukraine. These preferences were meant to reaffirm European Union support to conflict-stricken Ukraine, and complement commitments made in their Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement – …

Agriculture Trade defence Ukraine, Russia & CIS WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

WTO appellate report strengthens EU case in pork ban dispute with Russia

Russia is probably regretting having appealed the first WTO dispute panel finding against one of its most politically charged trade tussle with the EU.   In September 2016, the dispute settlement body in Geneva ruled that Russia’s import ban on pork products from Baltic states introduced in 2014 and extended …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

In brief: Russia appeals WTO ruling on commercial vehicle duties

Russia has appealed against a January 2017 WTO dispute settlement ruling indicting it for not following the rulebook in applying trade defence duties against German and Italian commercial vehicles.   The WTO’s main disagreement was the fact that Russia only took into account the damage to one company – Sollers – in …

Trade defence Ukraine, Russia & CIS WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

In brief: Russia challenges EU antidumping duties on steel at WTO

Russia has requested WTO consultations with the EU last Friday on European anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of certain cold-rolled flat steel products originating from Russia, formally initiating a dispute in the WTO.   The move is a response to EU antidumping duties retroactively applied on Russian producers from 18.7 …