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A week in Brussels: Australia, Gattaz, Brexit parachute
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A week in Brussels: Australia, Gattaz, Brexit parachute

The EU is transfixed by the trade war with the United States. This week was comparatively quiet in terms of trade meetings or negotiations – but the next couple of weeks will be packed.   This week we’ve written on what World Trade Organization members have been telling the US …

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 …

Azevêdo backs Macron’s call for ‘complete update’ of WTO rules
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Azevêdo backs Macron’s call for ‘complete update’ of WTO rules

It’s time for the World Trade Organization to be modernised and strengthened, says WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo, backing calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for an overhaul of global trade rules.   Macron told leaders at the annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development forum yesterday that the world’s biggest …

France calls for quadrilateral talks to revamp WTO – as trade war with US looms
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France calls for quadrilateral talks to revamp WTO – as trade war with US looms

In a speech at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development today, French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the United States administration’s trade policy – warning it without naming it that bilateral trade wars resolve none of the problems created by globalisation.   Macron pleaded for reform of the multilateral trading system …

Investment screening regulation: EP trade committee expands sector coverage
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Investment screening regulation: EP trade committee expands sector coverage

The European Parliament wants to enact legislation on the screening of foreign takeovers swiftly, before EU institutions shut down in the early months of next year ahead of European elections. This is why the committee on international trade voted for anticipated inter-institutional – or ‘trilogue’ – negotiations with the Council …

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, FDI, steel duties, safeguards, dumping, OECD, WTO
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, FDI, steel duties, safeguards, dumping, OECD, WTO

European lawmakers are in for a busy week, with key debates and plenary votes planned on key issues including looming US tariffs on steel and aluminium and how to protect the bloc from dumped or subsidised imports from non-EU trade partners.   INTA to vote on investment screening draft   …