Internal EU politics

Comment: The Advocate General’s opinion on the Singapore FTA is a pyrrhic victory for Europe’s trade-sceptics
Internal EU politics South Asia & ASEAN

Comment: The Advocate General’s opinion on the Singapore FTA is a pyrrhic victory for Europe’s trade-sceptics

  If the Court of Justice rules on the lines offered by the European Court of Justice’s Advocate-General’s opinion released on 21 December 2016, the EU will not be able to sign modern trade agreements that include namely social and environmental standards, writes Christofer Fjellner.   Last October’s debacle during which Wallonia …

Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

In brief: Ukraine Association Agreement now on track for ratification

A bill submitted to the Dutch Parliament by Mark Rutte greenlighting the Dutch government’s ratification of the EU Ukraine Association Agreement is likely to pass the final hurdle in the upper house, sources say.   The deal faced uncertainty after a compromise declaration adopted by EU member state in 15 December. The Christian Democratic …

EU Ukraine association deal declaration faces potential rough ride in Dutch upper house
Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU Ukraine association deal declaration faces potential rough ride in Dutch upper house

EU leaders managed to find wording acceptable to all 28 EU member states on the declaration requested by the Netherlands during a Council meeting today. A major hurdle to the final adoption of the Association Agreement and its in-built deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU’s eastern neighbour has …

Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Council legal service adamant Ukraine association agreement declaration does not contradict substance of deal

Today, EU member states are expected to adopt a Dutch-sponsored declaration on the EU Ukraine Association agreement. The Netherlands insisted on such a declaration as a means to respond to a referendum in April 2016 in which voters rejected the agreement that all other member states and the EU institutions …

CETA Internal EU politics ISDS ICS

“Namur declaration” calls for more national involvement in EU trade deals

The leader of the Belgian region of Wallonia, Paul Magnette, who is also an academic, orchestrated a declaration on trade policy by leading professors across the West entitled the Namur Declaration. The three-page text, released on Monday (5 December 2016) calls for greater scrutiny of trade agreements by national and regional parliaments in …