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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
Free comment 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
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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. …

Trade defence 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 …

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, …

Analysis: EU-India free trade agreement: can it be revived?
EU FTAs & bilateral ties India Mobility Services

Analysis: EU-India free trade agreement: can it be revived?

[sh_light_text ]Despite talks of a potential revival of the stalled Europe-India free trade negotiations after the general elections in India this month, its chances remain very low. Blockages in India’s investment policy and the European Union’s reluctance to open its doors to Indian professionals in the information technology sector will be hard …

Boosting the “knowledge supply chain” – are there missing links in TTIP?
Mobility

Boosting the “knowledge supply chain” – are there missing links in TTIP?

[sh_light_text ]Officials in Washington and Brussels have struggled to flesh out a negotiating methodology to handle the complex and ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. Their approach is starting to become clearer, however. Two major issues risk being neglected: accommodating outsiders, and freeing up the mobility of skilled …