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Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says
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Beyond Brussels: ‘Winds of change are blowing’ on WTO rules, Wolff says

Initiatives and discussions involving large groups of countries on issues such as electronic commerce and investment facilitation signal that global trade rules are set for a revamp, says Alan Wolff, deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization.   “The WTO rulebook very likely will be updated to address current and …

Beyond Brussels: Trump targets ‘brutal’ EU in speech to farm-state officials
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Beyond Brussels: Trump targets ‘brutal’ EU in speech to farm-state officials

US President Donald Trump’s decision to study rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and his suggestion that a trade war with China could be averted if Beijing opened its market to more American goods grabbed the headlines yesterday. But he also had a few things to say – none of them very …

Beyond Brussels: Don’t get your hopes up about Indian mini-ministerial
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Beyond Brussels: Don’t get your hopes up about Indian mini-ministerial

Almost all of the more than 50 World Trade Organization members that India invited to next week’s “mini-ministerial” plan to attend, but the two-day meeting is expected to accomplish little to tackle problems that have dogged the WTO for years.   India decided to hold the informal gathering after the …

EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says
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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
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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?
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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.