South Asia & ASEAN

The ‘delegated act’ aims to phase out biofuels that contribute of high levels to deforestation by 2030
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WTO case against new EU biofuels regime under way, say sources

“It will come. And soon,” a source close to the Indonesian government said when asked if and when Jakarta would file a dispute at the World Trade Organization in response to the EU’s new rules on biofuel mixes being released today (21 May). Tuesday was the final act of a …

The ECJ concluded that CETA contains sufficient safeguards to ensure the independence of the judges of the CETA tribunals
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ECJ green light to CETA investment court gives EU free rein on global stage

On Tuesday (April 30), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its long-awaited opinion on the question raised by Belgium whether the investment court system (ICS), which encompasses a tribunal and appellate tribunal, is compatible with EU law. The approval of the ECJ not only removes the remaining obstacle for …

A battle of the steel titans pits companies such as ArcelorMittal and thyssenKrupp against Russia’s Severstal and Magnitogorsk
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Week in Brussels: Russian WTO steel case against EU, procurement reciprocity, Korean labour

China and EU-US trade relations dominated the news this week. Here’s a selection of what else happened. EU to face new Russian WTO complaint over steel anti-dumping duties This week in Geneva, Russia requested a panel in a dispute filed in February 2017 against the EU’s anti-dumping duties on cold-rolled …

Week in Brussels: Australia and New Zealand FTAs, Cambodian textiles, US-Japan-EU trilateral
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Week in Brussels: Australia and New Zealand FTAs, Cambodian textiles, US-Japan-EU trilateral

This week was dominated by news on European trade defence policy and by a shift in sentiment in Britain over a customs union with the EU – with ramifications for the Department for International Trade. Other bits of news below. EU-Australia negotiations: third round The EU and Australia held a …

A new EU rule makes Malaysian palm oil unviable as a biofuel stock
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Unsustainable unilateralism: Sanctions or sustainability compliance

Europe’s efforts towards sustainable trade is a paradox. While it successfully works with sticks and carrots for sustainable fisheries, the EU imposes rules on biofuels that cannot be complied with, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.