Internal EU politics

In brief: Member states agree to make Japan FTA negotiation mandate public
Internal EU politics

In brief: Member states agree to make Japan FTA negotiation mandate public

At a trade policy meeting this morning (14 July 2017) member states diplomats unanimously agreed to declassify negotiating directives in trade negotiations with Japan, sources told Borderlex.   The European Parliament, backed by national parliaments, civil society organisations, and the EU Ombudsman have repeatedly called on the EU to release its trade negotiation …

Retailers blast Parliament position on new EU trade defence method
Disputes & TDI Internal EU politics

Retailers blast Parliament position on new EU trade defence method

The Foreign Trade Association, the EU’s main retailing and light industry organisation, released a new position paper on EU plans to adapt its trade defence methodology as it moves to do away with ‘non market economy’ status for countries like China. The organisation calls on the European Parliament to review its demands.   The move came …

Internal EU politics

In brief: MEPs from centre-left in revolt against Harnessing Globalisation

MEPs from the centre-left group S&D in the European Parliament are about to release a declaration in response to the Commission’s recently released Harnessing Globalisation report.   Whereas the Commission paper report has been welcomed in most trade circles, left and right of the political spectrum, a group of trade-sceptic MEPs …