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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 …

Week ahead in EU trade: Australia and New Zealand, duties on US goods, INTA
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Week ahead in EU trade: Australia and New Zealand, duties on US goods, INTA

This week promises to be busy, with the European Parliament’s trade committee debating a range of issues including EU ties with the US and Latin America, the launch of trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, and the start of the bloc’s tariffs against US goods to strike back at …

Week ahead in EU trade: Council, TPC, Brexit, EU Parliament, Hong Kong
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Week ahead in EU trade: Council, TPC, Brexit, EU Parliament, Hong Kong

Expect plenty of post-Group of Seven summit articles in the aftermath of the two-day meeting that ended in the escalation of a clash over trade and US President Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse a communique. Closer to home, the focus will be on meetings of the Council, the Trade Policy …

Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, US duties, aluminium, G-7, Brexit, UNCTAD
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Week ahead in EU trade: Mercosur, US duties, aluminium, G-7, Brexit, UNCTAD

There’s only one big event on the Brussels trade agenda this week – another negotiating round with Mercosur – but that doesn’t mean the coming days will be quiet. Between the start of US tariffs on European steel and aluminium, the EU’s decision to respond with a World Trade Organization …

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   …