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EU Australia FTA: data privacy, beef quotas latest flashpoints in negotiations
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EU Australia FTA: data privacy, beef quotas latest flashpoints in negotiations

There are ‘dark clouds’ hanging over the current free trade negotiations between the EU and Australia, with data flows and beef quotas currently ranking as probably the two most difficult issues to resolve, according to Brussels insiders. Services offers A sixth round of negotiations between the two sides was held …

Cambodian government defiant in face of partial EU duty free right suspension
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Cambodian government defiant in face of partial EU duty free right suspension

The European Commission released a widely anticipated ‘delegated act’ in which, for the first time in the scheme’s almost fifteen-year history, suspends free trade rights for one of the poorest countries in the world. About 20% of Cambodian exports to the EU are covered by the planned preference withdrawal measures. …

An EU dimension in rumoured US government procurement withdrawal plans?
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An EU dimension in rumoured US government procurement withdrawal plans?

Trade sniping out of Washington just doesn’t seem to be ending. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the White House was mulling pulling out of the Government Procurement Agreement, a preferential accord among a subset of mostly rich-country members of the World Trade Organization. China and Russia are in the process of …

Week in Brussels: Movement on Mexico, Korea labour dispute, Uzbekistan
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Week in Brussels: Movement on Mexico, Korea labour dispute, Uzbekistan

It’s been a pretty packed week. Here other low-key but important developments in EU trade policy. EU Mexico FTA stirrings The EU and Mexico had concluded negotiations towards the modernisation of a twenty year old free trade agreement in April 2018. But that agreement ‘in principle’ left the parties with …