WTO & Plurilaterals

Agriculture: Eleven member states want EU Mercosur talks suspension
Agriculture LatAm & Caribbean WTO & Plurilaterals

Agriculture: Eleven member states want EU Mercosur talks suspension

The Council meeting on agriculture and fisheries held in Brussels on Monday (12 June 2017) lay bare a deep divide over ongoing trade policy between a group of countries made up of Southern European countries, Ireland, and Central and Eastern European countries, and the rest of the EU.   Eleven countries called on the EU to take a cautious …

United States & TTIP WTO & Plurilaterals

In brief: US and EU agree on pharma deal – WTO TRIPs waiver for pharmaceuticals comes into force

The EU and US have finalised an agreement  among regulators today that mutually recognises each party’s ‘good manufacturing practices’ for pharmaceuticals. Pharma was also source of news from Geneva today.   The EU-US agreement, initially part of the regulatory package of the now dormant Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement is an update to a …

WTO & Plurilaterals

Low-key WTO ministerial held in Davos in anxiety over “trade wars”

This year’s annual informal Swiss-hosted WTO ministerial meeting in Davos, held the very same day of the inauguration of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States (20 January 2017), was fairly low key.   Attendees, which did not include the United States Trade Representative, mainly rejoiced at the prospect of seeing the Trade …