WTO & Plurilaterals

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USTR Froman is in Brussels to take stock of TTIP negotiations, talk WTO issues

The US top trade diplomat Michael Froman is in Europe and spending time in Brussels to take stock of the difficult transatlantic trade negotiations. His counterpart Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said WTO issues and the coming Nairobi Ministerial next week are also on the agenda of their meeting as both sides …

Analysis: Elusive environment and ICT ‘plurilaterals’ – can the trade negotiation machinery deliver at all?
WTO & Plurilaterals

Analysis: Elusive environment and ICT ‘plurilaterals’ – can the trade negotiation machinery deliver at all?

Hopes that the 10th WTO Ministerial conference in Nairobi next week would seal the comeback of multilateral trade talks are waning. Is the WTO having a ‘China problem’ rather than a DDA format problem? Recent troubles with plurilaterals like the ITA-2 and Environmental Goods Agreement would indicate so. That complicates …

WTO & Plurilaterals

WTO in short

It’s crunch time for the WTO Nairobi Ministerial which is due to begin on 15 December.   So far only three minor deliverables for Nairobi are clearly in sight: non-violation and situation complaints under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement, the WTO’s work programme on e-commerce, and …

TiSA

TiSA

The European Parliament’s trade committee debated an upcoming resolution on the agreement drafted by MEP Viviane Reding (EPP) on Tuesday 1 December. The initial text – broadly favourable to TISA – has attracted close to 600 amendments and is awaiting further input from eight other committees. INTA is due to …