Disputes & TDI

Retailers blast Parliament position on new EU trade defence method
Disputes & TDI Internal EU politics

Retailers blast Parliament position on new EU trade defence method

The Foreign Trade Association, the EU’s main retailing and light industry organisation, released a new position paper on EU plans to adapt its trade defence methodology as it moves to do away with ‘non market economy’ status for countries like China. The organisation calls on the European Parliament to review its demands.   The move came …

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Blog: Section 232 – EU talking tough, US aluminium pushback

The United States is about to release its ‘Section 232’ report determining whether it considers that steel and aluminium imports damage US national security. The spectre of retaliation looms: while the EU has stepped up its rhetoric, Congress is getting worried too.   The EU’s trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström is not renowned for …

Disputes & TDI

Trilogues : Modernisation of trade defence instruments runs into sand

Five months after inter-institutional negotiations started on a European Commission proposal to modernise the European Union’s trade defence instruments, so-called ‘trilogue” discussions are now stalled.   One of the hottest items on the soon-ending Maltese EU presidency’s trade plate was to deliver an agreement on a 2013 regulatory proposal to modernise the EU’s …