EU trade policy

A few take-aways from MEP amendments to planned TTIP resolution
EU trade policy

A few take-aways from MEP amendments to planned TTIP resolution

The close to 900 amendments added by MEPs to a planned EU Parliament resolution on TTIP to be voted on before the summer is partly the result of a strong mobilisation of the legislature’s populist parties. It reflects the divisiveness of many files in the ongoing transatlantic trade and investment negotiations. Overall, a European Parliament position on some …

COMMENT: What an ECJ opinion on EU accession to Europe’s foremost human rights convention means for ISDS
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COMMENT: What an ECJ opinion on EU accession to Europe’s foremost human rights convention means for ISDS

Opinion  2/13 anyone? This is a recent legal opinion of the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice on whether it is legal for the EU to join the European Convention on Human Rights. It has important ramifications for current EU Commission efforts to reform investor-to-state dispute settlement. By Iana Dreyer.    

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In Brief: MEPs say steel, chemicals need longer tariff protection in TTIP

The European parliament’s industry committee issued its recommendations to be included in a report on TTIP scheduled to be adopted in a plenary session early May this year. The recommendations, drafted by  Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek, largely endorses TTIP and focuses on issues like US public procurement, small-and-medium sized enterprises, and liberalisation of energy trade.

Opinion: New European trade strategy needs rethink in global value chain world
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Opinion: New European trade strategy needs rethink in global value chain world

The EU Commission has recently announced there will a new trade policy strategy this autumn. Corinne Vadcar, a Paris-based trade analyst, writes that a completely new approach to trade policy is needed. European trade policy cannot only be about negotiating trade agreements, but about making Europe’s domestic and international economic policies more coherent and helping SMEs join …