Sectors & issues

Divergent transatlantic approaches to post-Bali agenda appearing in WTO
Trade Facilitation WTO & Plurilaterals

Divergent transatlantic approaches to post-Bali agenda appearing in WTO

[sh_light_text ]World Trade Organization (WTO) members adopted a much-awaited trade agreement centred on trade facilitation concluded in Bali in December last year. This first multilateral agreement since the WTO was created in 1994 is a step forward on the way to completing the “Doha Development Round” of multilateral trade negotiations launched in 2001. …

Disputes & TDI WTO & Plurilaterals

Comment: G20 and protectionism: What’s there to (really) worry about?

[sh_light_text ]Has G20 protectionism been talked up too much? The latest World Trade Organization (WTO) report, published jointly with the OECD, on trade restrictive measures in the G20 group of leading industrial economies and emerging markets,  reveals that protectionism has not significantly been on the rise. Yet there are ‘murky’ areas of …

After Malmström in Berlin – German government not likely to oppose ISDS in CETA and TTIP
Bilateral EU trade politics Investment

After Malmström in Berlin – German government not likely to oppose ISDS in CETA and TTIP

After European trade commissioner Malmström’s visit to Berlin on Monday, the likelihood that the Canada-EU trade deal (CETA) finalised last September will be derailed because of German opposition to its investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses appears extremely low. So are the odds that Germany will oppose ISDS in the ongoing transatlantic trade and investment partnership …

A decade of exposure to EU trade defence instruments – Pakistan vs. EU at the WTO
Asia Disputes & TDI

A decade of exposure to EU trade defence instruments – Pakistan vs. EU at the WTO

[sh_light_text ]Pakistan brought a case against the European Union (EU) to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement body this week. Pakistan contests the bloc’s anti-subsidy import taxes on material used to produce plastic bottles. We’ve looked into the history of the case and found the story is ten years old …

SMEs across world worry about TTIP trade diversion, see chance for trade facilitation
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SMEs across world worry about TTIP trade diversion, see chance for trade facilitation

The results of a survey published yesterday among the members of the the Global Chambers Platform, a grouping of 16 chambers of commerce representing small businesses from across the globe, show wariness about the EU’s ability to deliver trade deals with their countries, as well as about the potential negative spillovers of the transatlantic trade talks …