Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Human Rights Watch urges European Parliament to reject Uzbekistan textiles protocol

The European Union’s plans to relax its restrictions on imports of textiles from the Central Asian country Uzbekistan are under criticism by major human rights organisations.   In 2011, the European Parliament refused to endorse a textiles protocol attached to a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the autocratic and very closed former Soviet …

Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Netherlands and Ukraine Association Agreement – What to expect next?

Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the Dutch parliament’s lower house that he didn’t think it very likely that the Netherlands would ratify the EU Ukraine Association agreement. So, is this the end of the deal? Not quite yet: negotiations with the EU and Ukraine have only recently begun. Should the Dutch follow through …

European Parliament prepares to ease imports of Uzbek cotton and textiles
Agriculture Ukraine, Russia & CIS

European Parliament prepares to ease imports of Uzbek cotton and textiles

  The European Parliament is moving to endorse a 2011 EU Uzbekistan textiles agreement it had previously rejected. Uzbekistan came under fire for engaging in child labour and forced labour in its cotton and fabrics industry. But reported progress on that front and an EU desire to deepen its footprint in Central Asia have contributed …