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European Parliament report on metals calls for more trade protection

The European Parliament debated at length a report by French MEP Edouard Martin (S&D), a former Arcelor Mittal worker, on Developing a sustainable European industry of base metals. The text calls for support to help the industry become competitive again, including through investment in innovation and research. The overall tone …

South Asia & ASEAN Vietnam

EU Vietnam FTA receives broad endorsement in Parliament as Commission announces report on how deal could contribute to human rights improvements

A debate in the plenary session of the European Parliament on Monday revealed that many MEPs broadly endorse a free trade deal concluded last summer and expected to be signed next week.   Signature could be delayed over a variety of remaining concerns, not least civil society and MEP questions …

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The trade agenda in EU: last weeks before end 2015

China   On top of EU decision-makers’ minds is China. The EU will need to decide mid December whether to extend the two-year old price arrangement over imports of solar panels and how to handle imports of Chinese steel as the sector clamours for protection amidst a steep price fall. …