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INTA hearing:  Evaluation of this Commission's term with regards to trade  policy: Pros and Cons
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Commission paints bleak picture of EU-US trade relations

A top European Commission trade official painted a bleak picture of transatlantic relations to a European Parliament committee today, saying US import duties on steel and aluminium as well as possible tariffs on foreign cars and car parts are “clearly detrimental” and potentially catastrophic for world trade.   The outlook …

Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity
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Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity

If the EU wants to avoid losing a potential World Trade Organization dispute following its decision to phase out palm and soybean oil-based biofuels, it will need to prove its environmenal criteria are objective. For political reasons, that will be difficult, as this might involve displeasing EU rapeseed and sunflower …

Week ahead in EU trade: Australia and New Zealand, duties on US goods, INTA
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Week ahead in EU trade: Australia and New Zealand, duties on US goods, INTA

This week promises to be busy, with the European Parliament’s trade committee debating a range of issues including EU ties with the US and Latin America, the launch of trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, and the start of the bloc’s tariffs against US goods to strike back at …

Beyond Brussels: WTO complaints against US duties are similar, but not the same
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Beyond Brussels: WTO complaints against US duties are similar, but not the same

So far, six World Trade Organization members have lodged complaints challenging President Donald Trump’s assertion that tariffs on steel and aluminium are needed to protect US national security. They are broadly similar, but hardly identical, and some of the differences are quite noteworthy.   More members have ganged together in …

Political and Brexit ‘subplots’ underlie technicalities of Oceania FTAs
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Political and Brexit ‘subplots’ underlie technicalities of Oceania FTAs

The EU’s trade talks with Australia and New Zealand will prove to be complex as the future trading relationship between the bloc and the UK – which considers the two countries as high priorities for its own commerce deals – remains unclear. Furthermore, some “subplots” underlie the trade technicalities.

Week ahead in EU trade: Council, TPC, Brexit, EU Parliament, Hong Kong
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Week ahead in EU trade: Council, TPC, Brexit, EU Parliament, Hong Kong

Expect plenty of post-Group of Seven summit articles in the aftermath of the two-day meeting that ended in the escalation of a clash over trade and US President Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse a communique. Closer to home, the focus will be on meetings of the Council, the Trade Policy …

A Week in Brussels: Polish schadenfreude, rapeseed vs palm oil, trumping ivory trade
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A Week in Brussels: Polish schadenfreude, rapeseed vs palm oil, trumping ivory trade

The main obsession in Brussels this week has been the EU-US trade spat. All eyes will be on the Group of Seven meeting in Canada.  Mercosur and EU negotiators have been working until the time of writing on narrowing gaps on ‘geographical indications’ protection and Mercosur’s offer on autos (rules of origin …