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Conflict Minerals Social & human rights

Conflict minerals: European Parliament trade committee endorses compromise deal with member states

After eighteen months of back-and-forth between European institutions, a compromise text over a planned ‘conflict minerals’ regulation was endorsed in Parliament today (24 January 2017).   The compromise text was backed by 39 votes in favour. Two MEPs abstained.    The new regulation aims to curb the financing of armed groups in minerals-rich …

'Week Ahead' and trade agenda Canada and CETA South Asia & ASEAN

The week ahead in EU trade – 23-27 January 2017

Welcome to a brave new world order. Donald Trump formally took office on Friday (20 January 2017), vowing to put “America first” in all aspects of policy.   President Trump is expected to issue an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement …

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 3)
Brexit & UK trade Brexit comment In-depth briefings

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 3)

This post is continued from Part 2. United Kingdom FTAs post Brexit   Many in the UK’s ‘Leave’ camp have argued Britain would be free to negotiate free trade agreements with emerging markets like China, with the United States and with Commonwealth countries.   One of the reasons the ‘Leave’ …

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 2)
Brexit & UK trade Brexit comment In-depth briefings

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 2)

  This post is continued from Part 1. Defining the UK’s status quo in the WTO   Except in the unlikely above ‘customs union’ scenario, Britain will need to define a new trade policy strategy.   This involves defining economic policy priorities, and clarifying current commitments in the WTO, especially …