A week in Brussels

A week in Brussels: Mexico progress, data flows, e-bikes, investment screening
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A week in Brussels: Mexico progress, data flows, e-bikes, investment screening

It was another packed week in trade, with the trans-Atlantic relationship on top of everyone’s mind. We’ve covered some of it here, as well as developments in the run-up to the launch of EU-Australia and EU-New Zealand free trade talks. There’s been a lot of movement between the EU and …

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A week in Brussels: Culture goods, procurement, Sri Lanka

This week was comparatively quiet. It was Easter, after all.   There’s been some movement on the wider global trade war front. Don’t forget to read up on our two articles here and here. The headlines of these articles’ may say ‘China’ or ‘Japan’, but the pieces include a lot …

A Week in Brussels: Mercosur round and leaks, Mosca book, Ptassek
A week in Brussels EU trade latest Mercosur UK-EU negotiations

A Week in Brussels: Mercosur round and leaks, Mosca book, Ptassek

With Easter approaching it’s been a comparatively quiet week in Brussels, although behind the scenes there is a lot of work on dealing with the United States’ protectionist “extortion”, as so many call it. There are preparations for the next phase of Brexit negotiations and there’s been work hammering out …

A Week in Brussels –  Trump, Brexit but also PanEuroMed, FDI screening
A week in Brussels EU trade latest Investment Turkey & Med UK-EU negotiations

A Week in Brussels – Trump, Brexit but also PanEuroMed, FDI screening

It’s been a momentous week in EU trade.   We had the Trump tariff exemption saga in Brussels, and the next phase of Brexit negotiations agreed today by the member states. For Brexit, we have in principle: a transitional period combined with relatively clean withdrawal terms, and initial guidelines for a …

A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines
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A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines

With many people out of town skiing it’s been comparatively quiet in Brussels town itself. A lot happened actually outside of Brussels. Trade pros even got time to write #TradeValentines poems.   EU and US join Japan in plans to take China to WTO over tech protectionism   A new …

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A week in Brussels Investment Japan Mercosur Mexico Singapore Vietnam

Week in Brussels – Japan first, Mercosur politics, investment screening

In Brussels, there is a lot of movement behind the scenes to try and finalise trade agreements with Mexico, Mercosur and Japan. Investment screening is climbing the policy priority list.   The EU lost a case in the World Trade Organization against Indonesia over dumping duties it applies against palm …

A week in Brussels: GSP report, ISDS scrutiny, EU export boom to China
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A week in Brussels: GSP report, ISDS scrutiny, EU export boom to China

This week in EU trade was marked by a first substantive round of trade negotiations with Chile, as well as a meeting of the EU Korea trade committee dominated by EU recriminations against Korean beef import restrictions and one of its labour union laws. Otherwise it’s been report and data …