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Investor-state: Court intra-EU ruling leaves CETA tribunal question open
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Investor-state: Court intra-EU ruling leaves CETA tribunal question open

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled today unequivocally that intra-European international investor-state arbitration tribunals are not compatible with EU law. Its summary judgement gives little insight into how it might rule on the compatibility of international investor-state tribunals set up by the European Union with third countries. …

Week ahead in EU trade: BITS ruling, Brexit guidelines, steel
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Week ahead in EU trade: BITS ruling, Brexit guidelines, steel

With things suspiciously quiet on both the Mercosur and Mexico trade talk fronts, the biggest news concerning Brussels this week may be coming from Luxembourg, where the Court of Justice rules on the legality of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. The week’s headlines will most likely be dominated by the looming …

Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal
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Interview: Moisa hopes for swift ratification of Singapore deal

There are clear signals from member states that the EU-Singapore free trade agreement, concluded in 2015, is on track to be ratified in the coming months. MEP Sorin Moisa shares his views with Borderlex’s editor Iana Dreyer on why and how the accord could and should be ratified.   Where …

A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain
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A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain

This week was relatively calm in the Brussels policy world. The entire European Commission team flew to Sofia feting Bulgaria as it took over the EU presidency for the next six months, lavishing praise and money on the bloc’s poorest country. Technocrat trade negotiators are far away in Mexico trying to hammer …

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Blog: State of play ongoing trade files

Trade ministers gathering informally in Brussels on Friday (13 October 2017) discussed the announcements by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in his September State of the Union speech: new free trade agreements, the separation of negotiating tracks for EU-only trade agreements and ‘mixed’ investment agreements, the publication of member state trade …