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Week in Brussels: China, Indonesia, New Zealand, ESA

With input from Chris Horseman. The week in EU trade was dominated by preparations for trade agreement negotiations with Britain next month and Phil Hogan’s delicate trip to the United States. Hogan’s tweets mention meetings with members of Congress and the Senate and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The ‘big’ meeting …

Japan-US-EU trilateral conversations on China resume in Washington
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Japan-US-EU trilateral conversations on China resume in Washington

With the United States failing to deliver changes to Chinese subsidies and state-owned enterprise practices in the small trade ‘deal’ it is about to sign with Beijing, Washington appears keener to cooperate with other countries to address more ‘structural’ issues with the Asian behemoth. The EU and US are also …

Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP
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Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP

This week was mainly about the EU getting back into business mode. The main focus has been on preparing the ground for trade negotiations starting next month with the United Kingdom and managing transatlantic relations. More below. Commissioner Breton toys with idea of a data localisation obligations for business data …

Week in Brussels: See you in Davos for e-commerce, Habemus Korea panel, China
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Week in Brussels: See you in Davos for e-commerce, Habemus Korea panel, China

E-commerce negotiators gear up for intense first half of 2020 After a stock-taking meeting in Geneva early this week, negotiators involved in the plurilateral negotiations on e-commerce decided there would be a ministerial meeting on the talks in January 2020 at the annual global elite meeting in Davos. The Davos …

Indonesia’s  WTO complaint against the EU’s renewable energy directive: what’s in it
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Indonesia’s WTO complaint against the EU’s renewable energy directive: what’s in it

It took Indonesia a long time to move from threat to action: but now we have the complaint filed by Jakarta  against the European Union’s REDII directive in its relation to imported biofuels. The Indonesian complaint also targets  France’s tax exemptions for biofuels – which do not cover biodiesel based …

Week in Brussels: US tariffs, WTO, Cambodia EBA withdrawal, Ghana EPA
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Week in Brussels: US tariffs, WTO, Cambodia EBA withdrawal, Ghana EPA

It’s been an eventful week on trade – with a deepening WTO crisis, some movement on agriculture, continued uncertainty over the EU Vietnam FTA ratification…. New low in WTO and transatlantic trade relations This week has provided fodder for around-the-clock quotation-chasing media as developments shifted by the day, if not …

Week in Brussels: Singapore services, Indonesia, trade opinion and the European urban middle class
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Week in Brussels: Singapore services, Indonesia, trade opinion and the European urban middle class

All good things happen on a Friday afternoon when everyone wants to head off into the week-end: the EU just released its offer to the United States towards the conformity assessment agreement they are currently negotiating. If you were wondering what to read over the week-end, here it is! High …