Sectors & issues

Anything else Bilateral Non classé

EU’s globalised textile industry wary of “labyrinth” of trade rules in bloc’s bilateral free trade deals

Europe’s textile industry gave a luke-warm assessment of the EU’s current trade strategy centered on negotiating preferential bilateral free trade agreements (FTA). At a recent gathering in Brussels, industry representatives welcomed ongoing efforts by the EU to open markets abroad. But the cost of complying with new FTA’s rules is seen as …

Energy & Environment

Editor’s Comment: TTIP and Europe’s energy question

[sh_light_text ]Energy trade has become an important topic of discussion around the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The crisis in Ukraine, Europe’s own energy crisis, and the US shale revolution have given the issue particular salience. Although TTIP can contribute to improving the EU’s energy challenges, it will certainly …

Investment Non classé

State-owned companies and weak rule of law a rising concern of European firms invested in China

The latest report by the EU Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, the Business Confidence Survey 2014 reveals increasing pessimism of European companies invested in China as to their future business prospects in the country. The current economic  slowdown is an important factor in explaining this perception, but a deteriorating business environment stands …

Comment: Why an EU-China investment agreement would not be such a bad thing
Investment

Comment: Why an EU-China investment agreement would not be such a bad thing

[sh_light_text ]China and the European Union (EU) are currently negotiating an international investment agreement (IIA). Both parties place a lot of hopes in the treaty’s effects on foreign investment flows. But these effects will likely be limited. Nonetheless, concluding the agreement is a real opportunity to improve both bilateral and international investment rules, says …

Editor’s comments: Leaked document on oil, gas & raw materials in TTIP – What’s behind the non-news
Energy & Environment

Editor’s comments: Leaked document on oil, gas & raw materials in TTIP – What’s behind the non-news

[sh_light_text ]A “leaked” EU Commission negotiating text on energy trade in TTIP has made the headlines this week, and is being accused of promoting fracking, the controversial technique to produce shale gas, and US crude oil exports. Iana Dreyer explains why the real secret in this matter is that there is no secret. …

Disputes & TDI Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Analysis: Antidumping duties on EU vehicles: competitive pressures in the Russian car market

The EU requested a WTO dispute settlement consultation on Russia’s antidumping duties. The move was announced yesterday. The case reveals several interesting facts about Russia’s economy and car sector.   The rising number of dispute settlement cases at the WTO initiated by both the EU and Russia is often perceived as geopolitical. Indeed, the case coincides …

News update: Russia tests the waters of WTO dispute settlement with EU complaints
Disputes & TDI Ukraine, Russia & CIS

News update: Russia tests the waters of WTO dispute settlement with EU complaints

[sh_light_text ]Less than two years after becoming a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO),  Russia has filed two complaints with its dispute settlement body in Geneva that target the European Union, Russia’s main trading partner. These complaints concern antidumping duties and a package of EU laws that govern the …

Analysis: When Estonia beats Hong Kong and Turkey overtakes Italy… Ease of trading across borders in Europe
Trade Facilitation

Analysis: When Estonia beats Hong Kong and Turkey overtakes Italy… Ease of trading across borders in Europe

[sh_light_text ]Are countries offering a good environment for their companies to import and export on the global marketplace? This is the issue the World Economic Forum’s (WEF)’s Enabling Trade Report explores. Iana Dreyer talked to three authors of the report in Geneva. Below, some of the takeaways from the meeting …

Mobility Services

News update: Take-aways from last week’s TiSA talks

By Iana Dreyer and Jennifer Freedman   Governments involved in negotiations to liberalise trade in services (TiSA)  reported significant progress during the seventh round of negotiations in Geneva last week. But the actual extent of substantial market liberalisation the countries eventually agree still remains uncertain.   Though technical and commercially-focused, …