Sectors & issues

Agriculture WTO & Plurilaterals

Crunch time for Nairobi – future of Doha in question over agricultural subsidies standoff

Intense negotiations over a package of trade measures ahead of the Nairobi WTO ministerial on 15-18 December have been held over the week-end and will continue over the next days. A minimalist package of measures is currently being hammered out thanks to the active involvement of the WTO’s director general …

In-depth briefings United States & TTIP

Monthly briefing: TTIP regulatory cooperation negotiations – state of play

This brief provides a short and accessible overview of how the proposed ‘regulatory cooperation pillar’ of TTIP is shaping up, more than two years after the transatlantic trade negotiations started. Most discussions on regulatory cooperation in TTIP so far have been of a normative nature (what should be done, democratic …

Agriculture EU trade politics Social & human rights

EP: adoption of report on anti-torture regulation, rejection of net neutrality, expected to massive rejection of moves to allow member states to keep GMO ban

On Tuesday, the European Parliament has overwhelmingly (90 percent) voted in favour of a report on a planned update of an existing ‘anti-torture’ regulation, which amends a 2005 text that bans goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other treatment or punishment. The report calls for tighter …

Agriculture EU trade politics Social & human rights

European Parliament to take decisions on anti-torture regulation, national GMO bans and Novel foods

This morning, the European Parliament is debating the so-called anti-torture regulation, which amends a 2005 text that bans goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other treatment or punishment. The report will be put to a vote on Tuesday 27 October. The planned proposals call for a …

Trade Facilitation WTO & Plurilaterals

Post-Nairobi: ACP meets EU halfway on tariffs but insists on continuation of exemptions for developing countries

The group of 79 Asia-Pacific-Caribbean countries that gathered this week in Brussels have issued a common statement on the planned WTO Ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in December. The joint statement was made public with several days of delay, indicating last-minute discussions over substance.   The group represents one third …