WTO & Plurilaterals

Agriculture WTO & Plurilaterals

Crunch time for Nairobi – future of Doha in question over agricultural subsidies standoff

Intense negotiations over a package of trade measures ahead of the Nairobi WTO ministerial on 15-18 December have been held over the week-end and will continue over the next days. A minimalist package of measures is currently being hammered out thanks to the active involvement of the WTO’s director general …

TiSA

ITRE issues recommendations on TiSA

The European Parliament’s committee for Industry, Research and Energy has aired its views on the ongoing Trade in Services Agreement negotiations. These recommendations feed into the current work of the trade (INTA) committee towards a report on TiSA to be adopted in the coming weeks.   ITRE’s recommendations focus on …

Trade Facilitation WTO & Plurilaterals

Post-Nairobi: ACP meets EU halfway on tariffs but insists on continuation of exemptions for developing countries

The group of 79 Asia-Pacific-Caribbean countries that gathered this week in Brussels have issued a common statement on the planned WTO Ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in December. The joint statement was made public with several days of delay, indicating last-minute discussions over substance.   The group represents one third …

WTO & Plurilaterals

WTO: EU and ACP countries at odds over special treatment for developing economies ahead of Nairobi

Behind the EU Commission’s recent overtures to least-developed-countries – LDCs – in the current negotiations towards a package of measures ahead of the Nairobi WTO Ministerial in December lies a deeper motive: have big emerging markets sign up to import tariff reductions. Though tariffs are not formally part of the …