Agriculture

EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says
Agriculture Asia Energy & Environment Indonesia South Asia & ASEAN Trade defence WTO disputes

EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says

European tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel are illegal, the World Trade Organization said today in a ruling that contains the same basic findings as in a similar WTO complaint lodged by Argentina. But the panel went even further, faulting the EU’s profit calculations and finding serious defects with the bloc’s export-price …

A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain
A week in Brussels Agriculture Brexit & UK trade ECJ Trade Facilitation

A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain

This week was relatively calm in the Brussels policy world. The entire European Commission team flew to Sofia feting Bulgaria as it took over the EU presidency for the next six months, lavishing praise and money on the bloc’s poorest country. Technocrat trade negotiators are far away in Mexico trying to hammer …

EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?
Agriculture Asia EU FTAs & bilateral ties In-depth briefings Japan Mobility Services Social & human rights

EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?

The European Commission published the bulk of the text of the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in early December last year.   Below some highlights of the pact and some comments – result of your truly’s Christmas break reading. The deal favours significantly EU exporters and is relatively unambitious in services.

Mercosur talks enter choppy waters ahead of final exchange of offers
Agriculture EU FTAs & bilateral ties LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

Mercosur talks enter choppy waters ahead of final exchange of offers

“Both sides are doing their homework at the moment,” a Mercosur official told Borderlex. The European Union and the South American bloc are preparing a final exchange of politically highly sensitive market-access offers in free trade negotiations that the European Commission wants to declare concluded by year-end.   Confidence that …

Update on Mercosur, Mexico, Japan, new architecture, TSD, data, Korea
Agriculture Digital EU FTAs & bilateral ties Internal EU politics Japan LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

Update on Mercosur, Mexico, Japan, new architecture, TSD, data, Korea

Today EU member states gathered around the Commission to take stock of various free trade agreement files. Here a run through what we have gathered at the foreign affairs Council and during the past week in Brussels.   EU Mercosur and EU Mexico free trade negotiations   “We are now entering …