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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 …

A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines
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A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines

With many people out of town skiing it’s been comparatively quiet in Brussels town itself. A lot happened actually outside of Brussels. Trade pros even got time to write #TradeValentines poems.   EU and US join Japan in plans to take China to WTO over tech protectionism   A new …

Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?
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Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?

  MEP Christofer Fjellner outlines his concerns with the language in the European Commission’s proposal last week on data flow provisions in free trade agreements.   It is impossible to underestimate the importance of data transfers in the global economy and for the functioning of international trade. Still, digital protectionist …

Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade
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Dispatch from Paris: How Macron’s pragmatism is winning the day on trade

France’s stance on trade policy under President Emmanuel Macron has puzzled many. Yet Macron’s pragmatist logic is now starting to become clearer as his government finds its ground on the trade politics front back home and US President Donald Trump forces Paris to stay focused on the strategic dimension of …

Chile negotiation mandate reveals EU ambitions on intellectual property, SPS, data
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Chile negotiation mandate reveals EU ambitions on intellectual property, SPS, data

EU member states are gradually accepting to exercise greater transparency in their joint trade policy making. The Council today released the negotiating mandate it gave the European Commission towards the modernisation of the 2002 EU-Chile Association Agreement, a very early move by member-state standards. The mandate itself reveals high EU …