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Indonesia revives EU biodiesel antidumping disputes with new WTO complaint

If you believed the fate of the EU’s biodiesel antidumping duties was sealed after the WTO appellate body’s ruling on a case brought by Argentina and a European Court of Justice ruling annulling these measures in the autumn 2016, stand corrected. The saga goes on.   This week, Indonesia filed a complaint in …

Exclusive: David Martin on Scotland, Brexit and EU ASEAN trade
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Exclusive: David Martin on Scotland, Brexit and EU ASEAN trade

  David Martin talks to Hermine Donceel about Scotland after Brexit and EU ASEAN trade relations. Scotland could end up voting to leave the United Kingdom and should be allowed to join EFTA, the MEP reckons. As to EU ASEAN relations, the EU must pay more attention to human rights and …

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In brief: Indonesia files appeal against WTO ‘fatty alcohol’ ruling

Jakarta is not happy with a WTO dispute settlement body ruling that largely rebuffed a case it brought against the EU for applying antidumping duties on its exports of ‘fatty alcohols’. Today, it officially lodged an appeal in the WTO.   In a panel report issued on 16 December 2016 the dispute settlement …

Energy & Environment Indonesia South Asia & ASEAN

Indonesia FTA papers: Intellectual property and raw materials among top EU priorities

The EU Commission has released nine revealing negotiating texts it tabled to Indonesian trade authorities during the second round of free trade talks held in Jakarta in late January.   The report on the round published by the Commission hailed the talks as “constructive” and explained that the EU set …

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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 …

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Sri Lanka

Commission offers to reinstate Sri Lanka GSP+ status conditional on further human rights scrutiny

The European Commission has proposed on 11 January to grant Sri Lanka the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP +) status, the benefits of which had been temporarily withdrawn from the country in 2010. This exclusion followed an investigation’s findings that had flagged serious flaws in Sri Lanka’s implementation of three UN human rights …

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Advocate General says BITs with Singapore can only be terminated by member states

The EU Singapore FTA is the first practical test case for the termination of bilateral investment treaties signed by the European countries before 2009 – the year of entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Twelve member states have BITs in place with Singapore. These treaties cover investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement. …