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FTAs: EU Commission seeks ways around labour and environment sanctions
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FTAs: EU Commission seeks ways around labour and environment sanctions

The centre-left S&D group, led by the chairman of the international trade committee, Bernd Lange, is in a renewed push for the EU to make the labour and environment provisions in its free trade agreements more enforceable, namely through potential commercial sanctions. The European Commission continues to resist, but is …

Trade: German coalition talks promise ‘free and fair’ trade policy, more Africa
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Trade: German coalition talks promise ‘free and fair’ trade policy, more Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party CDU and her Bavarian counterpart, the CSU, reached an initial agreement on broad principles with the Social Democratic SPD party late last week aimed at forming a government following elections in September 2017.   The 28-page document, which ends several weeks of scoping …

2018 in EU trade: the year in preview
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2018 in EU trade: the year in preview

Happy New Year, dear subscribers!   The year 2018 will offer a very narrow window of opportunity to bring key EU trade policy files forward. On the EU’s plate this year: finalise trade negotiations with Mexico and Mercosur, get key trade agreements with Singapore, Vietnam and Japan through the European …

Data flows: circle closing in on EU Commission and Paris after INTA vote
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Data flows: circle closing in on EU Commission and Paris after INTA vote

The European Parliament’s trade committee endorsed a report initiated by Marietje Schaake calling for an EU digital trade strategy and for expediting policies to secure free flows of data across borders.   The Schaake report makes recommendations to policymakers on e-commerce, net neutrality and online consumer protection, among others. The …

Update on Mercosur, Mexico, Japan, new architecture, TSD, data, Korea
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Update on Mercosur, Mexico, Japan, new architecture, TSD, data, Korea

Today EU member states gathered around the Commission to take stock of various free trade agreement files. Here a run through what we have gathered at the foreign affairs Council and during the past week in Brussels.   EU Mercosur and EU Mexico free trade negotiations   “We are now entering …

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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 …