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Saïfi: Europe’s trade deals must be better implemented
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Saïfi: Europe’s trade deals must be better implemented

  Trade agreements must be monitored better, more transparent,  focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and promote European values and norms, writes Tokia Saïfi.   The international context has evolved significantly since the European Commission published its latest trade strategy in 2015. While the US is withdrawing from the international …

Comment: TSD chapters in EU FTAs – fig leaf or necessary tool for SDGs?
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Comment: TSD chapters in EU FTAs – fig leaf or necessary tool for SDGs?

  The European Commission has released a ‘non-paper’ on how to bolster so-called trade and sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements. The EU’s aim is to improve and strengthen the current dialogue- and cooperation-based approach in enforcing labour and environment provisions in FTAs, and to introduce a stronger …

Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?
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Fjellner: Why is strong language on data transfers lacking in European FTAs?

  MEP Christofer Fjellner outlines his concerns with the language in the European Commission’s proposal last week on data flow provisions in free trade agreements.   It is impossible to underestimate the importance of data transfers in the global economy and for the functioning of international trade. Still, digital protectionist …

Comment – It’s time to face up to the prospect of Brexit Armageddon
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Comment – It’s time to face up to the prospect of Brexit Armageddon

  Britain is heading straight into the ‘cliff edge’ scenario. It’s time for both Britain and the EU to significantly change tack before it’s too late and Armageddon sets in, argues Iana Dreyer.   Both the United Kingdom and the European Union are aiming for a “smooth” and “orderly” withdrawal …